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NMTEC 234 Clinical Education V • 13 Cr.


Fifth in a five-course sequence of supervised clinical instruction in nuclear medicine technology. Topics include radiopharmacy, positron emission tomography, nuclear cardiology, and pediatrics. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program.


Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program. Fee: $23.50 Malpractice insurance and $150 clinical supervision.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Elute a Mo-99/Tc-99m generator and perform quality control testing
  • Prepare radiopharmaceuticals and perform quality control procedures on these preparations.
  • Draw up radiopharmaceutical doses.
  • Perform routine radiation safety tasks and a radiation safety audit.
  • PET:
    • Discuss the physical processes, pathological conditions, and clinical applications of PET imaging.
    • State correct patient preparation for an FDG study of the body, the brain, and the heart.
    • Perform F-18 FDG studies and other PET studies as are available at each site.
    • List quality control procedures for PET instruments, including the type and frequency of each test and the indications that the scanner is not performing correctly.
  • Nuclear Cardiology:
    • Perform and analyze a 12-lead ECG.
    • Identify abnormal cardiac rhythms and their morbidity.
    • Operate a treadmill tower.
    • Provide patient care and monitoring during exercise and pharmacologic stress testing.
  • Childrens Hospital Medical Center:
    • Discuss the use of nuclear medicine procedures in children, including the radiopharmaceutical dosages used for children, the types of studies commonly done, and the indications and results of those studies.
    • List ways in which children may be restrained or sedated and precautions that must be taken when sedation is performed.
  • Harborview Medical Center elective:
    • Describe the protocols and uses of brain scanning for determination of brain death and identification of cerebral ischemia (with and without pharmacologic stress).
    • Bone Densitometry elective:
    • Perform five bone densitometry procedures without assistance.
    • Discuss the risk factors for osteoporosis, the types of results obtained with bone densitometry, and the physics behind the measurement of bone density.
  • PET/CT elective:
    • Describe the acquisition of a contrast-enhanced CT scan, including patient preparation, contrast administration, CT acquisition parameters and timing, and CT image processing and display.
    • Discuss the potential for artifacts and conflicts when combining PET and CT.



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