RAIT 461 Clinical Practicum II in PET • 9 Cr.
Provides the student the opportunity to develop required competencies for certification in Positron Emission Tomography. The course includes approximately 300 hours in one or more PET departments and clinics. The student will work with combined PET/CT scanners, but this course will not address clinical training in computed tomography. This course is intended to meet the degree requirements of the Nuclear Medicine concentration of the Radiation & Imaging Sciences program. Prerequisites: Admission to the Radiation & Imaging Sciences program, RAIT 361, and permission of the instructor. Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory.
After completing this class, students should be able to:
- Evaluate appropriate equipment function using daily quality control results.
- Evaluate and interpret requisitions, and develop appropriate protocol to respond to physician's order.
- Verify that correct information is present to allow for insurance reimbursement.
- Prepare the patient for procedure, including verification of patient history and other details, blood glucose testing, and answering patient questions.
- Administer the PET radiopharmaceutical and other medications as directed, using appropriate radiation safety precautions.
- Monitor patient before, during and after the procedure, depending on the protocol and medications administered.
- Process and evaluate images and identify anatomy based on image interpretation; label and display according to accepted practices.
- Perform image fusion and determine standardized uptake values as necessary.
- Analyze ethical issues relating to nuclear medicine procedures and demonstrate ethical behavior and attitude in the clinical setting.
- Communicate effectively and empathetically with patients and co-workers.
- Assess the indications and contradictions for given PET and PET/CT procedures based on specific case studies.