Course Title: Nuclear Medicine Technology 4

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nuclear Medicine Technology 4

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


160H Medical Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Simon Cowell

Course Coordinator Phone: 0404 805 413

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.8.8

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email to arrange an appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

This course builds on the student’s knowledge of instrumentation and image production from Nuclear Medicine Technology 3 and also explores other medical radiations modalities. Some of the course is applicable to all three streams of medical radiations and some is stream specific.


ONPS2351 Nuclear Medicine Technology 3

RADI1138 Nuclear Medicine Methods 3


 RADI1141 Nuclear Medicine Practice 4

Course Description

Nuclear Medicine Technology 4 provides students with a comprehensive coverage of the physical and instrumental basis of advanced imaging modalities applied in clinical nuclear medicine. These include PET, ultrasound and DICOM and image handling . In all cases, recent technological developments and the current state-of-the-art in instrumentation are explored.
Nuclear Medicine Technology 4 comprises the following three modules:

• Module 1: Ultrasound Imaging Instrumentation

• Module 2: Physics & Instrumentation of Emission Tomography: PET

• Module 3: DICOM Format; Image Fusion / Registration and Image Compression

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Students should be able demonstrate an understanding of the physical principles and instrumentation of Ultrasound and the principles of DICOM image manipulation and an in depth understanding of SPECT  & PET acquisition and processing. They should be able to discuss the processes involved with SPECT  & PET using appropriate terminology and demonstrate problem-solving skills in the context of instrumentation quality assurance.

Upon successful completion of Nuclear Medicine Technology 4, students will be able to:
• demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the physical and technological principles which underpin the tomographic imaging procedures that they encounter clinically;
• apply this understanding to effectively solve problems which arise in the clinical environment;
• exhibit increased fluency in the use of specialist terminology encountered clinically and which relates to tomographic imaging and associated nuclear medicine instrumentation;
• ultrasound specific; and
• demonstrate an awareness of the capabilities and limitations of the current state-of-the-art in PET and DICOM Format; Image Fusion / Registration and Image Compression and the implications of these for clinical nuclear medicine.

Overview of Learning Activities

The core content of Nuclear Medicine Technology 4 is delivered via a series of lectures. In addition, students may engage in a series of tutorial discussions, on-line learning sessions, and on-line quizzes. Further, students are encouraged to pursue self-directed learning, including undertaking recommended reading and attempting problem sheets.

Overview of Learning Resources

Nuclear Medicine Technology 4 is supported via course materials distributed via the DLS. These may include lecture notes, problem sheets and solutions, on-line learning activities, external internet links and access to RMIT library electronic and hardcopy resources.

Overview of Assessment

Students’ comprehension of the concepts covered in Nuclear Medicine Technology 4, as well as their developing skills in scientific analysis and problem solving, may be assessed via examination, the submission of assignments and/or in-class tests.