NMTEC 280 Computed Tomography for Nuclear Medicine • 3 Cr.


Provides didactic instruction in CT scanning, as is pertinent to its application to nuclear medicine procedures. Includes information relevant to production and detection of X-rays in CT, instrumentation, image acquisition and reconstruction, contrast administration and safety, specific technique applications, radiation protection, patient care, quality control, and understanding of artifacts. Prerequisite: acceptance into program or permission of program chair.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • 1. Describe production of x-rays 

  • 2. Outline the basic components of a CT scanner 
  • 3. Discuss reconstruction techniques used in Computed Tomography 
  • 4. Designate factors that contribute to image quality 
  • 5. Describe the basic acquisition of a CT image set 
  • 6. Discuss the use of IV and oral contrast in applicable situations and categorize the risks 
  • 7. Explain image display in CT, including the use of Hounsfield units and windowing techniques 
  • 8. Examine dosimetry and radiation protection techniques used in CT 
  • 9. Explain PET/CT co-registration and CT-based attenuation correction 
  • 10. Identify quality control procedures for CT and PET/CT cameras 
  • 11. Compare common artifacts seen on CT and PET/CT images and identify causes and possible methods of prevention for each.