RAD2003 - Medical imaging science: Nuclear medicine - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Mark Strudwick


Dr Mark Strudwick

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis.

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2018 (On-campus)




Unit: RAD2004, RAD2001, RAD2007

Course: M2013 or M20024


This unit is designed to provide students with the requisite knowledge and understanding of the scientific and technological principles associated with the practice underpinning Nuclear Medicine.

Students will explore the topics of radiopharmacy, nuclear medicine physics and instrumentation techniques and procedures and care of the patient in the nuclear medicine department. Students will also be introduced to the role of hybrid imaging in medical radiation practice.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Describe basic principles of radiation protection with regard to the use of unsealed sources justifying the need for a regulatory framework governing their use
  2. Explain the characteristics of radiopharmaceuticals used diagnostic imaging and for therapeutic purposes;
  3. Describe and explain physical principles and instrumentation used in nuclear medicine in the context of image acquisition, quality control and radiopharmaceutical administration techniques
  4. Evaluate the usefulness of nuclear medicine procedures/techniques in the context of specific patient diagnoses and communicate these findings to their peers
  5. Identify patient contra-indications to nuclear medicine procedures
  6. Describe hybrid imaging and discuss its application and advantages in medical radiation practice


  • Paired powerpoint presentation (1,000 words) (20%)
  • Mid-semester test (1 hour) (25%)
  • iSAP clinical action plan and reflective analysis (2,000 words) (30%)
  • End of semester exam (90 minutes) (30%)

Hurdle requirement:

  1. 80% attendance at tutorials to foster a professional approach to attendance and to facilitate group work.
  2. Students must pass each element of assessment to pass the unit, which means that students will have to put the same amount of effort into all assessments elements.

Workload requirements

1 hour master class, 2 hours interactive tutorial per week, and 3 hours of teacher - directed interaction with Moodle based tasks per week.

Students will be expected to engage in additional self-directed learning to facilitate the appropriate level of knowledge of the topics covered in the unit.

In addition each student will have 2 x 1 hour tutorials in a hospital nuclear medicine department during the semester.

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