NMTEC 231 Clinical Education II • 10 Cr.
Second in a five-course sequence of supervised clinical instruction in nuclear medicine technology. Topics include imaging, patient care,radiopharmacy, camera quality control, and computer analysis. Students are expected to gain proficiency according to defined objectives. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.
Description starting Summer 2018
Second course in a five-course clinical internship sequence. Enhancement of skills and knowledge at an advanced beginner level in areas related to patient care, imaging, computer analysis, instrumentation, quality control, hot lab procedures, safety practice, and therapy procedures, under moderate supervision of licensed technologists. Focus on development of patient communication skills. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Perform all routine nuclear medicine procedures, including case presentation, assessment of images for visual and technical artifacts, and routine computer processing.
- Interact with patients, families, and hospital staff in a positive and courteous way, to obtain patient history, answer procedure questions, and address patient anxieties.
- Demonstrate accuracy in patient identification, verification of physician orders and correctness of exam, radiopharmaceutical choice, and dosage information.
- Administer radioactive materials to patients via both oral and intravenous routes, and insert and assess the function of indwelling intravenous catheters.
- Perform measurement of patient vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, respiration).
- Perform and analyze routine quality control procedures on nuclear medicine equipment and routine radiation safety surveys.
- Operate scheduling and radiopharmacy computers, and maintain other records as needed.
- Discuss the relationship between physiology, patient preparation, radiopharmaceutical localization, and the timing and results of nuclear medicine imaging.