Professional course

Science and Instrumentation of Nuclear Medicine

15 credit, Masters level module

About this course

Course code:
Professional/Short Course
Allied Health Professions
Distance learning
Programme leader:
Rob Stewart

Page last updated 2 November 2017


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.



  • 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

Knowledge and Understanding

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic nuclear medicine physics and interaction of radioactive substances with matter
  • Evaluate the formation and decay of radionuclides and associated practical radiation protection measures
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of non-scintillating, non-imaging scintillating detectors and modern gamma camera designs
  • Critically evaluate methods of acquisition, image manipulation archiving
  • Understand the fundamentals of Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT) and Positron Emission Tomography/Computer Tomography (PET/CT) systems and their relevance within modern clinical practice

Intellectual skills

  • 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 and dosimetry fundamentals
  • Discuss the fundamentals of radiation biology/dosimetry, with reference to patients, carers and staff

Subject Professional/Practical Skills

  • Evaluate safe working practice within a nuclear medicine environment
  • Critically evaluate the development of nuclear medicine equipment and the role of the modern practitioner
  • Apply theoretical knowledge of practical radiation measures, minimising close to patients, carers and staff

Transferable Skills

  • Understand the fundamentals of quality control procedures performed within a modern nuclear medicine department
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role and use of computers and associated equipment in a Nuclear Medicine Department
  • Apply theoretical knowledge within clinical practice to safely handle unsealed radioactive sources and produce optimum images

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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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