Professional/Short course Science and Instrumentation in Current Nuclear Medicine Practice

Entry year
Course code
Professional/Short Course
School of Health and Social Wellbeing
Distance learning
Course Director
Simon Messer

15 credit level 7 module

Page last updated 24 October 2023


On successful completion of this 15 credit Science and Instrumentation in Current Nuclear Medicine Practice module, you will be able to:

  • emonstrate an understanding of basic nuclear medicine physics and interaction of radioactive substances with matter
  • understand the fundamentals of Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography/Computer Tomography (SPECT/CT) and Positron Emission Tomography/Computer Tomography (PET/CT) systems, including an understanding of basic CT physics relevant to the hybrid environment
  • evaluate the formation and decay of radionuclides and associated practical radiation protection measures
  • demonstrate an understanding of gamma camera and SPECT/CT gantry designs, and other devices for radiation detection
  • critically evaluate methods of acquisition, image manipulation and archiving
  • critically evaluate the fundamentals associated with the provision of an optimal clinical nuclear medicine service
  • demonstrate problem solving abilities with reference to decay calculations for various radioactive isotopes
  • discuss the fundamentals of radiation biology and dosimetry, with reference to patients, carers and staff
  • evaluate safe working practice andthe role of the modern practitioner within a nuclear medicine environment
  • apply knowledge of hybrid equipment function and dosimetry to clinical decision-making
  • understand the fundamentals of quality control procedures performed within a modern nuclear medicine department
  • apply theoretical knowledge within clinical practice to safely handle unsealed radioactive sources and produce optimum images

Careers / Further study

This level 7 (Masters level) module contributes towards MSc Nuclear Medicine.



The course syllabus typically 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

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 1,500 word assignment and 1,000 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.

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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Please note: Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.


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Extra information

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