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.