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NMTEC 201 Basic Nuclear Medicine Science • 3 Cr.


Presents basic science required for nuclear medicine. Topics include types of radiation, half-life and radioactive decay, interactions of radiation, detection instruments, statistics of radiation counting, basic radiation protection, and introduction to imaging process. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe modes of radioactive decay and solve problems using the decay equation.
  • Discuss interaction mechanisms of charged particles and photons.
  • Use the inverse-square law, the attenuation equation, and other formulas to calculate the amount of radiation expected in a variety of situations.
  • Describe in detail the operation of gas-filled and scintillation detectors, and list and discuss their uses and the applicable quality control testing.
  • Identify factors affecting detection of radiation, given a variety of scenarios.
  • Describe the application of statistics, particularly the Poisson statistical model, to radioactive decay and detection, and apply statistical tests to describe the operation of radiation detection instruments.
  • Outline the operation of a gamma camera and briefly discuss the use of computers and tomographic imaging.



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Bellevue College
3000 Landerholm Circle SE Bellevue, WA 98007-6484 U.S.A.
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