Course Information

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NMED406 Molecular Imaging Mathematics
Prerequisite: enrollment in the NMI program. Co-requisites: NMED 416, 425, 435, 445, 455, 462, 465, 472, 475, and 477. This course covers the mathematics applicable to the field of clinical nuclear medicine. Topics include activity units, the decay formula, radionuclide dose and dosage calculations, radionuclide equilibrium, radiation counting statistics, minimum detectable activity, inverse square law, shielding, and exposure calculations.
NMED416 Molecular Imaging Physics
Prerequisite: enrollment in the NMI program Co-requisites: NMED 406, 425, 435, 445, 455, 462, 465, 472, 475, and 477 Starting with applicable concepts of classical physics, this course covers atomic structure, mass-energy relationships, electromagnetic radiation, decay modes, half-life and the interaction of radiation with matter. Radionuclide production methods and the basic theory of x-ray production are reviewed.
NMED425 Molecular Imaging Radiobiology
Prerequisite(s): CHEM 130, PHYS 251, BIOL 102 and senior standing or permission of the instructor. Co-requisites: nuclear medicine majors only, NMED 406, 416, 435, 445, 455, 462, 465, 472, 475, and 477. Basics of radiobiology, including the molecular and cellular effects of radiation, the acute and chronic effects of radiation and how radiation affects the various tissues and organ systems of the body, will also be covered. Stochastic and non-stochastic effects are covered.
NMED435 Molecular Imaging Radiation Protection
Prerequisite: enrollment in the NMI program Co-requisites: NMED 406, 416, ,425, 445, 455, 462, 465, 472, 475, and 477. Topics include licensing requirements, guidelines and regulations for radiation protection, governing agencies, radiation signs, record keeping, personnel and area monitoring, radionuclide receipt, storage and disposal, and management of clinical radiation spills and accidents.
NMED445 Molecular Non-Imaging Procedures
Prerequisite: enrollment in the NMI program. Co-requisites: NMED 406, 416, 425, 435, 455, 462, 465, 472, 475, and 477 In vivo non-imaging clinical procedures are covered in this course, including venipuncture, universal precautions, blood volume procedures, patient care, EKG and non-imaging physiological studies. Department organization, medical/legal issues of patient care, and medical/legal terminology are also covered.
NMED455 Molecular Imaging Procedures
Prerequisite: enrollment in the NMI program. Co-requisites: NMED 406, 416, 425, 435, 445, 462, 465, 472, 475, and 477. This course introduces topics that encompass the interrelated aspects of performing patient organ visualization procedures. Included are a review of the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the various organs; radiopharmaceuticals; pharmaceuticals; applicable instrumentation; and a discussion of the methodologies and techniques utilized in performing the imaging procedure. Representative images are shown.
NMED462 Radionuclide Therapies
Prerequisite: enrollment in the NMI program. Co-requisites: NMED 406, 416, 425, 435, 445, 455, 465, 472, 475, and 477 Therapeutic clinical procedures are covered in this course, including the properties and selection of therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals, forms of therapy, and radiation safety techniques involved with systematic therapy procedures.
NMED465 Radiochemistry and Radiopharmaceuticals
Prerequisite: enrollment in the NMI program Co-requisites: NMED 406, 416, 425, 435, 445, 455, 462, 472, 475, and 477 Topics covered in this course include radiochemistry, radionuclide generators, transient and secular equilibrium, radiopharmaceutical properties, pharmacological actions, localization methods, basic principles of immunology, and radiopharmaceutical preparation and quality control.
NMED472 Molecular Imaging Instrumentation
Prerequisite: enrollment in the NMI program. Co-requisites: NMED 406, 416, 425, 435, 445, 455, 462, 465, 475, and 477 This course is an introduction to the basic principles of molecular imaging radiation detection instrumentation and gamma spectroscopy. The design, operation, and quality control of gas-filled and scintillation instruments are covered. Detailed discussion of the components of a planar gamma camera system and dedicated computer, both hardware and software, is included. ~
NMED475 Molecular Imaging SPECT
Prerequisite: enrollment in the NMI program. Co-requisites: NMED 406, 416, 425, 435, 445, 455, 462, 465, 472,and 477 This course includes a detailed discussion of the components of a SPECT gamma camera system and dedicated computer, both hardware and software, image reconstruction, filtering, and other computer applications are covered. Data reduction and image analysis are described.
NMED477 Molecular Imaging PET
Prerequisite: enrollment in the NMI program. Co-requisites: NMED 406, 416, 425, 435, 445, 455, 462, 465, 472,and 475 Physics, radiopharmaceutical production and applications, imaging systems and procedures, and radiation safety for PET are discussed. Image reconstruction, data reduction, image analysis, and other computer applications for PET imaging are also covered.
NMED485 Clinical Nuclear Medicine I
Prerequisites: NMED 406, 416, 425, 435, 445, 455, 462, 465, 472, 475, and 477 While enrolled in the Clinical Nuclear Medicine series, students receive clinical training at one of the affiliate hospitals and possibly an affiliate radiopharmacy. The student receives instruction and participates in the performance of all types of clinical nuclear medicine procedures, patient care, administrative duties, radiopharmaceutical preparation and quality control; instrumentation usage and quality control; and radiation safety. Students are also required to complete assigned clinical projects involving the clinical correlation between academic and practical experience.
NMED486 Clinical Nuclear Medicine II
Prerequisite: NMED 485. While enrolled in the Clinical Medicine series, students receive clinical training at one of the affiliate hospitals and possibly an affiliate radiopharmacy. The student receives instruction and participates in the performance of all types of clinical nuclear medicine procedures, patient care, administrative duties, radiopharmaceutical preparation and quality control; instrumentation usage and quality control; and radiation safety. Students are also required to complete assigned clinical projects involving the clinical correlation between academic and practical experience. This course is a continuation of NMED 485.
NMED487 Molecular Imaging Capstone
Prerequisite: NMED 485 Co-requisite: NMED 486 This course is a capstone for the NMI Program. A one-year comprehensive final exam will be administered. This course will assist students in transitioning from academic into the profession of nuclear medicine technology.