Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT)

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[1] Courses in Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT)

4100 SENIOR SEMINARS Comprehensive study of medical informatics, healthcare administration, health sciences research methods, and how each applies to the practice of nuclear medicine technology.

4101 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY Introductory course in the basics of building, spelling, and pronouncing medical words designed as a self-directed course. To work effectively in the field, it is necessary to understand the language of medicine. The student learns the word-building system of medical terminology; prefixes, suffixes, and root or stem words relating to the body and its systems. Terms, abbreviations, and symbols especially pertinent to Medical Imaging are studied with emphasis on understanding the meaning of such words and their proper usage in medicine.

4102 MEDICAL ETHICS AND LAW Medicolegal and ethical principles involved in the practice of Nuclear Medicine Technology. Topics covered include the code of ethics and the legal implications of negligence and malpractice in the clinical nuclear medicine setting.

4215 RADIATION HEALTH PHYSICS Principles involved in minimizing exposure to patient, self, and environment are discussed. Included are techniques for measuring levels of radioactive contamination, procedures for decontamination, and a general overview of government regulations regarding exposure and material handling. Laboratory included.

4220 RADIOBIOLOGY Biological effects of the exposure of living tissue to ionizing radiation, including chronic and acute effects and the relative sensitivity and resistance of organ systems, tissues, and cells to radiation.

4315 INSTRUMENTATION/STATISTICS I Principles of operation and quality control of non-imaging nuclear medicine equipment to include statistical applications.

4320 INSTRUMENTATION/STATISTICS II Principles of operation and quality control of collimated radiation detectors with emphasis on statistical applications.

4325 DIAGNOSTIC NUCLEAR MEDICINE II Continuation of Diagnostic Nuclear Medicine I.

4330 DIAGNOSTIC NUCLEAR MEDICINE IV Continuation of Diagnostic Nuclear Medicine III.

4410 PRACTICUM II Intermediate techniques in clinical imaging, radioimmunoassay, radiopharmaceutical preparation, and radiation safety techniques.

4415 PATIENT CARE Principles and techniques of patient care including cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) certification, patient transport, ECG monitoring, physical assessment, pharmacology, venipuncture, and IV therapy. Emphasis is placed on skills that are used by the technologist in the clinical setting.

4420 NUCLEAR PHYSICS/RADIOCHEMISTRY Fundamentals of basic atomic and nuclear physics, including the structure of the atom, modes of radioactive decay, mathematical calculation of radioactivity, passage of charged particles and high-energy photons through matter, and the primary and secondary sites of radionuclide production.

4425 DIAGNOSTIC NUCLEAR MEDICINE I Comprehensive study of the theory and methodology of imaging the different systems in the body, including rationale and indications for the study, patient preparation, radiopharmaceuticals used, imaging techniques, computer processing applications, and diagnostic interpretation. Each section will be correlated with laboratory studies and clinical exams performed in the clinical setting.

4430 RADIOPHARMACY/RADIONUCLIDE THERAPY Fundamental principles of radiopharmacology, including radiopharmaceutical preparation and quality control, biochemical and physiological properties of radiopharmaceuticals, methods of localization and alterations of distribution, and the therapeutic use of radionuclides in medicine.

4435 DIAGNOSTIC NUCLEAR MEDICINE III Continuation of Diagnostic Nuclear Medicine II.

4440 COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY Comprehensive study of the theory and methodology of performing Computed Tomography scans with emphasis on technical protocols, imaging parameters, cross sectional anatomy, X-ray physics, CT radiation safety, contrast administration, patient care and safety, CT scanner technology, and instrumentation.