Undergraduate Course Catalog 2008-2009

COURSE: 02-301 Physics and Instrumentation in Nuclear Medicine (5)
Principles of atomic structure, nomenclature and radiation. Introduction to radionuclides, physics of radiation (particulate and non-particulate), natural and artificial radiation, calculations of radioactive decay, exponential equations, calculation of radiation dosimetry, half-life equations, radionuclide production, radiopharmaceutical dose determinations, radiation interaction with matter, radiation protection and safety methodology, radiation shielding formulation, and counting statistics. Basic aspects in imaging and non-imaging radiation detection instrumentation, including scintillation detectors, planar, SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computerized Tomography), PET (Positron Emission Tomography) multichannel analyzers, and quality assurance testing for Nuclear Medicine instrumentation, including G-M detectors, ionization chambers and scintillation detectors. Nuclear Medicine basic data acquisition and analysis. Prerequisite: Admission to the COD NMT program and consent of the instructor.