Course Title: Nuclear Medicine Methods 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine Methods 1

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Vanessa Lonetti

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7943

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.021

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

Course Description

This course builds on your existing knowledge of the theoretical concepts of Nuclear Medicine and Radiopharmacy.  You will develop your knowledge of common procedures performed in Nuclear Medicine.   You will also build your knowledge and skills in radiopharmacy, particularly in regard to the preparation and quality control of radiopharmaceuticals and radiolabelling of blood products.   You will embark on studies in biochemistry, which is essential knowledge underpinning functional and molecular imaging performed in Nuclear Medicine.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP148 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) (aligned to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia):

Standard 1.1 Professional and ethical conduct

1.1a. Practice in an ethical and professional manner, consistent with relevant legislation and regulatory requirements

1.1b. Provide each patient/client with an appropriate level of dignity and care

Standard 1.3 Evidence based practice and professional learning

1.3a. Apply critical and reflective thinking to resolve clinical challenges

1.3b. Identify ongoing professional learning needs and opportunities

Standard 1.4 Radiation safety and risk management

1.4a. Implement safe radiation practice appropriate to your division of registration

1.4b. Protect and enhance patient/client safety

1.4c. Confirm and operate equipment and instrumentation safely as appropriate to your division of registration

1.4d. Maintain safety of self and others in the work environment appropriate to your division of registration

1.4e. Safely manage radiation and radioactivity in the environment

Standard 1.5 Practice in medical radiation sciences

1.5a. Apply an understanding of anatomy, physiology and pathology that is appropriate to your division of registration

1.5g. Manage and manipulate 3D datasets for diagnostic image production

1.5h. Apply knowledge of pharmaceuticals and contrast materials/media relevant to your division of registration

Standard 1.7 Practice in nuclear medicine

1.7 1a. Implement the preparation and assess purity of radiopharmaceuticals 

1.7 1b. Explain the biodistribution and applications of radiopharmaceuticals including therapies

1.7 1c. Implement routine nuclear medicine imaging

1.7 1d. Implement computed tomography (CT) imaging for nuclear medicine imaging

1.7 1e. Implement the delivery of nuclear medicine radioisotope examinations and therapies

1.7 1f. Describe how to undertake in vivo and in vitro laboratory procedures

1.7 2b. Under supervision demonstrate the ability to alert the appropriate health professional when you observe significant findings of a medically urgent nature

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Apply knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology relevant the interpretation of Nuclear Medicine images
  2. Demonstrate knowledge and skill in the safe preparation and dispensing of radiopharmaceuticals and blood products
  3. Relate structures of biochemical molecules to their function, explaining the details of enzyme-catalysed reactions and describing major physiological processes and concepts using biochemical terms
  4. Demonstrate teamwork, professionalism and communication skills to work effectively as a team in designing a research project
  5. Design a small project, collect and evaluate data and the literature base to answer the research question

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will include a range of learning activities both online and face-to-face, including lectures, practical laboratories and tutorials, problem-based learning activities and self-directed study.  This course is supported by RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).

You will undertake the equivalent of three hours per week in lectures and three hours per week in tutorials/laboratory classes.  In addition you are expected to spend a minimum of four hours per week in independent study.

Overview of Learning Resources

You are expected to make use of RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).  This resource provides a range of materials aimed at supporting your learning and you are encouraged to actively use this site and the material it contains.  You are also expected to conduct a significant level of self-directed learning to reinforce learned concepts.  There is the expectation that you will access appropriate peer-reviewed literature via the RMIT library.  The Medical Radiations Subject Guide (URL: provides useful references.  A detailed course schedule will be available via myRMIT.  Any changes to this schedule due to unforeseen circumstances will be posted on the course LMS.

Overview of Assessment


This course has no hurdle requirements.


Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Tests  

Weighting 30%  

This assessment task supports CLO 3   

Assessment Task 2: Assignments  

Weighting 30%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 4 & 5   

Assessment Task 3:Examination  

Weighting 40%  

This assessment task supports CLOs 1 & 2