Module ref RDM 025
Module title Nuclear Medicine Extension
Module Leader Dave Duncan
020 7040 5684
Credit Value 15
Total Learning Time 48 hours contact time
102 hours individual study time
150 hours total
Pre-requisites RDM 028 Instrumentation
RDM 029 Nuclear Medicine
Co-requisites RDM026 Radiopharmacy
RDM027 Clinical (Radiopharmacy)
RDM024 Clinical (Imaging)
RCM011 Research Methods
Clinical Placement in a Nuclear Medicine Department
This module is an extension of the Nuclear Medicine module. It develops the student’s knowledge of
nuclear medicine, incorporating more advanced imaging, clinical practices and changes in legislation and
operating procedures. Focus areas will include Advanced Practice, Clinical Teaching, Mentoring and
Counselling, Audit, Evidence Based Practice and roles in radiation protection. New and developing
technologies will also be covered, including PET/CT, SPECT/CT and Molecular Imaging. Antibody and
further oncology imaging will also be covered.
Provide students with an comprehensive knowledge base compatible with extended nuclear
medicine practice and procedures encountered in a clinical setting.
Enable students to discuss advanced nuclear medicine protocols, including reasons for performing
scans, possible modifications and future developments in nuclear medicine.
Enable students to interpret nuclear medicine requests and images, discussing anatomy, physiology
and, where indicated, pathology.
Equip students with the knowledge to operate in a safe, efficient manner in a clinical setting.
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Demonstrate an extended knowledge of the key anatomy, physiology and technical factors relevant to each
nuclear medicine procedure covered
Discuss developments and future trends in the field of nuclear medicine
Demonstrate respect for the intellectual work of others by accurate and appropriate referencing of
Demonstrate respect for patients and professional colleagues in a clinical setting
Explain the need to carry out research in a transparent and ethical manner
Take responsibility for decision making in departmental organisation
Evaluate protocols for the performance of advanced nuclear medicine studies appropriate to patients’
Apply principles of imaging in a range of clinical nuclear medicine situations
Assess the validity of research and conclusions from gathered data and information
Collect and evaluate scientific evidence and consider its impact on nuclear medicine practice
Describe the impact of advanced practice and other imaging modalities on nuclear medicine
Formulate policies for management on the basis of an analysis of need
Learning and Teaching Methods
Lectures, workshops, group discussions, assessments, private study.
Indicative Content: to include
Clinical Teaching and Mentoring
Transport Regulations and safety
Role of the RPA and RPS
Evidence based practice
Departmental Documentation and Audit
Advanced Practice (Technician led stress testing, Sentinel Lymph Node injecting, Authorising,
Reporting and Administration)
Hybrid Imaging Modalities
Imaging Protocols: to include
Normal and abnormal physiological processes
The principles of biodistribution, normal and pathological.
The rationale for and the practicalities of imaging techniques.
The clinical applications of the technique and the image findings for a variety of pathologies.
The following systems:
o Antibody and Immunology
o Infection and Inflammation
o Molecular Imaging
o Further Oncology
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1. Literature Review
Further details of the assessment and marking criteria will be given on the first day when the
Sample Reading list
Below is a sample of resources that may prove useful while studying this module.
There are no set text books for this course. None of the resources listed are compulsory purchases.
There is a great variety of useful resources in nuclear medicine and this list is by no means exhaustive.
Mettler F A, Guiberteau M J 2005 Essentials of Nuclear Medicine imaging. 5th
Ed. Saunders (W.B.) Co Ltd
Sharp PF, Gemmell HG, Murray
2005 Practical Nuclear Medicine. 3rd
Peters A M (Ed.) 2003 Nuclear Medicine in Radiological Diagnosis
C. Schiepers (Ed.) 2000 Diagnostic Nuclear Medicine, (Clinical Update
(Medical Radiology) Springer-Verlag Berlin
and Heidelberg GmbH & Co. K
Workman R B, Coleman R E
2006 PET / CT: Essentials for Clinical Practice.
Tortora GJ, Derrickson B 2006 Principles of Anatomy and Physiology. 11th
Ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Ziessman H A, O'Malley J P,
Thrall J H
2006 Nuclear Medicine: The Requisites (Requisites
in Radiology). Mosby
Frank J, Nunan T 2004 Get Through Nuclear Medicine for FRCR and
MRCP. Royal Society of Medicine Press Ltd
Ziessman H A , Rehm P 2002 Nuclear Medicine: Case Review, Mosby
Saha G 2006 Physics and Radiobiology of Nuclear
Ed. Springer Verlag, NY
Nuclear Medicine Communications
The Journal of Nuclear Medicine
European Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
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A range of websites are available, including sites from various nuclear medicine communities.
Students must have access to a range of relevant legislations, professional codes of conduct, subject
specific journals and reference material
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