NMTEC 229 Introduction to Clinical Education • 3 Cr.
Provides an introduction to the practice of nuclear medicine with an emphasis on the operation of a gamma camera, basic radiopharmacy and radiation safety principles, and patient care procedures. Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program. Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Perform basic positioning operations on a gamma camera.
- Enter patient information into an acquisition station.
- Provide basic nursing care for out-patients, including escorting them to the camera room or restroom, having them empty their pockets, etc.
- Describe the department's quality control routine as regards:
- Small instruments (dose calibrator, Geiger counter, thyroid probe).
- Gamma cameras.
- SPECT COR (if possible).
- List radiopharmaceuticals used in observed studies, including the name, type of study, biodistribution, and any precautions or contraindications noted.
- Describe the purpose and essential elements of a myocardial perfusion study, and discuss how coronary vasodilatation is accomplished via exercise or by pharmacologic stress.
- Perform laboratory exercises for NMTEC 201.