Professional course Science and Instrumentation in Current Nuclear Medicine Practice

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Online campus
Distance learning

15 credit Masters level module

Page last updated 4 October 2021


A variety of approaches will be used, which may include:

  • lectures, discussions, seminars and presentations
  • student centred learning guided by tutorials and discussion
  • evaluation and discussion of current working practices
  • directed practical exercises at student place of work (or suitable secondment)
  • demonstrations and supervised practicals.

Careers / Further study

This module contributes towards MSc Nuclear Medicine.



The course syllabus covers:

  • Physics of radionuclides and interaction with matter
  • Formation and decay of radionuclides
  • Principles of radiation detection and instrumentation
  • Radiation detection systems
  • Overview of SPECT and PET/CT systems
  • Fundamental system performance, testing and analysis
  • Computing applied to nuclear medicine
  • Correct use of nuclear medicine equipment to obtain optimum images
  • Radiation dosimetry
  • Practical radiation protection and associated legislation

Learning and Teaching

The learning and teaching strategy for this module has been developed to show achievement of a good level of understanding of physical principles of nuclear medicine, equipment design and operation, practical application, quality assurance and understanding of relevant legislation and guidelines governing nuclear medicine practice. You will understand the essential principles determining optimum image quality, equipment operation, safe and effective practice, and radiation dose optimisation.

To ensure engagement in the module learning opportunities, assessment will be linked to involvement in and contribution to discussion boards where specific tasks will be set. The tasks will be constructed to ensure that the module learning outcomes must be addressed. Contributions to these tasks will form source material from which students may extract content to add to their portfolio for assessment.

Experience from other modules using this format indicates the potential for valuable discussion relating to the module content and helps ensure timely engagement as opposed to leaving personal study and revision to the end of the module delivery. The capacity to engage in debate with peers helps to facilitate networking, peer/shared learning and knowledge exchange. A variety of approaches will be used including; narrated presentations, video presentation material, discussions, seminars, workshops, and article review.

Additional student centred learning guided by tutorials and discussion will include

  • Evaluation and discussion of current working practices
  • Directed practical exercises at student place of work (or suitable secondment).

Scheduled learning will include up to 40 hours engaged with lectures, video presentation, seminars, tutorials, discussion board entries, project supervision, work based learning.

Independent learning will include upto 110 hours engaged with essential reading, assignment preparation and completion etc.

Study time

Contact hours will be achieved through a multiple learning approaches that will include distance based education supplemented by knowledge exchange events. This distance based education will embrace UWE Bristol's current vision associated with Technology Enhanced learning.

Such learning will include but not be limited to, asynchronous delivery of lecture material through narrated presentations, notes and other guided reading, VLE discussion board fora with specific objectives, workplace tasks, and other study tasks deemed appropriate to the development of student knowledge.

Contact with the module leader for discussion of module related issues will be facilitated by email, phone conversations and through interaction at the knowledge exchange events.


A 1500 word assignment and 1000 word portfolio of discussion board extracts will demonstrate achievement of the learning outcomes.

The 1500 word assignment based on a write-up of practical work in your department has consistently demonstrated very effective discrimination on the basis of sophistication of understanding of essential components of the process of image formation in nuclear medicine. Several learning outcomes can be assessed with it, and the process of undertaking the practical procedures is a very effective learning aid to you. For those of you limited by availability of test equipment in your own department, you are able to make use of model data provided by us.

Element 1 - 1500 word assignment

Indicative assignment title: Undertake a range of experimental tests on the gamma camera to determine and evaluate:

  • The effect of an incorrect isotope photopeak energy setting on image quality
  • The practical effects of a) scatter b) collimator type c) distance d) counts on the system resolution

Assignment guidelines: You are required to evaluate to the various aforementioned factors associated with image quality and write up as clinical experiments. You should access the on-line information, which provides video footage of the experiments being conducted and basic results/images obtained. You are encouraged to undertake these experiments within your own department, using appropriate quality control test tools (e.g. flood source, line source, bar phantom, Williams phantom, Perspex blocks). However, this may not be achievable due to the limited availability of quality control test tools. At a minimum, you should refer to the on-line information, in order to access details relating to the experiment methodologies and results/images obtained.

Element 2 - 1000 word portfolio of discussion board extracts.

The portfolio will assess selected module learning outcomes. Inclusion of extracts from discussion board contributions ensures student engagement with the module content but also with peers for shared learning and debate. Formative assessment will be achieved by feedback on discussion board contributions from the module team, indicating where good understanding has been achieved or where there is scope for further exploration and development.

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