NMTEC 202 Instrumentation • 2 Cr.
Examines the function and use of the nuclear medicine gamma camera. Topics include basic electronics, collimators, digital cameras, on-line correction systems, and modifications required for tomographic studies. Students learn quality control and troubleshooting. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.
Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Provide examples and discuss the importance of quality assurance and quality control in the practice of nuclear medicine.
- Succinctly describe the operation of a dose calibrator, a Geiger counter, and a scintillation detector.
- Describe in detail the operation of a gamma camera and the factors which affect its performance.
- Discuss the design of a gamma camera collimator and the effect of changing various design factors.
- Outline acquisition, reconstruction, and display processes for single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), including explanations of both filtered backprojection and iterative reconstruction.
- Briefly describe the basic operation of a computed tomography (CT) system.
- Outline quality control procedures for small instruments, planar gamma cameras, and SPECT systems.