NMTEC 234 Clinical Education V • 13 Cr.


Final course in a five-course clinical internship sequence. Assignment to multiple sites in specialized areas of Nuclear Medicine including PET/CT, Nuclear Cardiology, radiopharmacy, and a pediatric observational rotation, all under supervision of licensed technologists. Student broadens knowledge and practice beyond general Nuclear Medicine. Focuses are on professional demeanor, independent practice, and preparation to become an entry-level technologist. Prerequisite: Acceptance into 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.