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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:

    1. Describe
    2. modes of radioactive decay and solve problems using the decay equation.
    3. Discuss
    4. interaction mechanisms of charged particles and photons.
    5. Use
    6. the inverse-square law, the attenuation equation, and other formulas to
    7. calculate the amount of radiation expected in a variety of situations.
    8. Describe
    9. in detail the operation of gas-filled and scintillation detectors, and
    10. list and discuss their uses and the applicable quality control testing.
    11. Identify
    12. factors affecting detection of radiation, given a variety of scenarios.
    13. Describe
    14. the application of statistics, particularly the Poisson statistical model,
    15. to radioactive decay and detection, and apply statistical tests to
    16. describe the operation of radiation detection instruments.
    17. Outline
    18. the operation of a gamma camera and briefly discuss the use of computers
    19. and tomographic imaging.



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