NMTEC 202 Instrumentation • 2 Cr.


Examines the function and use of the nuclear medicine gamma camera. Topics include basic electronics, collimators, digital cameras, on-line correction systems, and modifications required for tomographic studies. Students learn quality control and troubleshooting. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.


Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Provide examples and discuss the importance of quality assurance and quality control in the practice of nuclear medicine.
  • Succinctly describe the operation of a dose calibrator, a Geiger counter, and a scintillation detector.
  • Describe in detail the operation of a gamma camera and the factors which affect its performance.
  • Discuss the design of a gamma camera collimator and the effect of changing various design factors.
  • Outline acquisition, reconstruction, and display processes for single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), including explanations of both filtered backprojection and iterative reconstruction.
  • Briefly describe the basic operation of a computed tomography (CT) system.
  • Outline quality control procedures for small instruments, planar gamma cameras, and SPECT systems.