NMTEC 280 Computed Tomography for Nuclear Medicine • 3 Cr.

Description

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 and image reconstruction, specific technique applications, patient care and quality control. Prerequisite: acceptance into program or permission of program chair.

Description starting Summer 2019

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.

Outcomes

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.

Offered