NMTEC 203 Computers in Nuclear Medicine • 3 Cr.


Introduces the use of computers in nuclear medicine, emphasizing analysis of static, dynamic, and tomographic images. Prerequisite: Acceptance into program.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Discuss in general terms the operation of a single computer and a computer network, and discuss advantages of digital systems for nuclear medicine imaging.
  • Describe the parameters and mechanics of image acquisition into a nuclear medicine computer, and analyze imaging scenarios to suggest an appropriate image matrix.
  • Discuss conventions and pitfalls related to display of nuclear medicine images.
  • Discuss and apply processing techniques for static, dynamic, gated, and tomographic images, including count profiles, regions of interest, time-activity curves, mathematical manipulations, and filtering.
  • Explain processing and analyze results for specific nuclear medicine studies, including renal imaging, gated blood pool imaging, cardiac shunts, and myocardial perfusion imaging.
  • Utilize nuclear medicine computers in a laboratory situation to apply computer processing techniques to patient studies.