RAIT 358 Principles of Nuclear Medicine Physics • 3 Cr.


Covers the basic principles and practices of nuclear medicine, with emphasis on concepts of physiologic imaging, radioactivity, radiation detection, and radiation safety. Designed for individuals with prior certification in radiography or radiation therapy who wish to become certified in positron emission tomography (PET). Should be taken before beginning clinical experience in PET. This course is intended to meet the degree requirements of the Technology concentration as well as the requirements of the Positron Emission Tomography certificate of the Radiation & Imaging Sciences program. Prerequisites: Admission to the Radiation & Imaging Sciences program or permission of the Program Chair.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Compare and contrast nuclear medicine and physiologic imaging to the practice of radiologic technology.
  • State why some nuclides are radioactive, discuss radioactive decay modes and interactions of various radiation emissions, and utilize equations related to the decay of radioactivity.
  • Outline the mechanisms and use of radiation detection instruments, including the dose calibrator, ionization survey meter, Geiger counter, scintillation detector, and (briefly) the gamma camera (including SPECT).
  • Briefly discuss the concepts of radiopharmaceutical dosimetry.
  • Discuss radiation safety practices in nuclear medicine, and utilize calculations using the attenuation equation.State the components of a radioactive materials license and rules that apply to handling radioactive materials.
  • State the rules for radiopharmaceutical administration, perform dosage calculations, and discuss the issue of misadministration.