Course Title: Nuclear Medicine Technology 3

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine Technology 3

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 2011,
Sem 1 2012

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 will build upon your existing knowledge of the technological principles, physics concepts and instrumental basis of molecular imaging applied in clinical Nuclear Medicine.  You will learn clinical applications of Nuclear Medicine, the physics and instrumentation of Positron Emission Tomography (PET), as well as PET radiochemistry and radiopharmacy.                 

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

1.5b. Apply principles of medical radiation physics and instrumentation

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

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 successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Explain the physics and technological principles that underpin Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT)
  2. Explain the biodistribution, mechanisms of uptake and clinical applications of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) radiopharmaceuticals, and the physiological, pharmacological and pathological factors that affect biodistribution and uptake
  3. Describe the imaging protocols required for optimised oncology and non-oncology PET/CT imaging
  4. Critically evaluate and appraise data and peer-reviewed literature

Overview of Learning Activities

This course includes a range of learning activities including lectures, tutorials, online learning tasks and self-directed activities.  This course is supported by RMIT's online Learning Management System (LMS).

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

Overview of Learning Resources

You will be 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.

You will undertake the equivalent of three hours per week in lectures and three 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 Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Tests

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 2: Assignments

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 4

Assessment Task 3: End of semester examination

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3