Course Title: Nuclear Medicine Technology 1

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine Technology 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,
Sem 1 2012

Course Coordinator: Clare Smith

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7414

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.08.011

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

System Enforced Pre-requisites (Enforced by SAMS)

Required concurrent study (Co-requisites)

Course Description

This course will develop your knowledge and practical skills relating to the theory and application of instrumentation used in clinical nuclear medicine.  This course focuses on the technology, physics and instrumentation that underpin contemporary clinical nuclear medicine technology.  Building upon a comprehensive coverage of the underlying physics, you will learn the technical basis of the instrumentation and procedures that you will encounter in your clinical experience.  Consideration is placed on the expanding role of digital image processing and visualisation technology in diagnosis.
You will learn the physics of nuclear decay processes and of ionising radiation. These concepts are then applied to develop a detailed understanding of the instrumentation used clinically for radiation detection and measurement, as well as of methods of radionuclide production. The statistical properties of nuclear decay processes and of radiation detection are explored, with a view to their implications for measurement quality. This course will also provide an introduction to gamma camera technology and its application to clinical nuclear medicine imaging.

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 1.4 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

1.5b. Apply principles of medical radiation physics and instrumentation

On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explain the technology, instrumentation and physics concepts relevant to the profession of Nuclear Medicine using discipline specific terminology
  2. Contextually apply knowledge of the physics and technological principles underpinning non-tomographic procedures encountered in Nuclear Medicine
  3. Apply knowledge of physics and technology to solve problems encountered in the clinical Nuclear Medicine environment
  4. Justify radiation safety measures drawing on theoretical knowledge and practical skill application

Overview of Learning Activities

This course consist of a range of learning activities including lectures, practical laboratories and tutorials, computer-based activities, online learning tasks and self-directed learning.  This course is supported by the Blackboard learning management system.

You will undertake the equivalent of four hours per week in lectures and four hours per week in laboratory/tutorial 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 the course Blackboard site (accessed via myRMIT).  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 Blackboard site.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Laboratory reports

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Tests

Weighing 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Examination

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4