North Central College - Naperville, IL

Nuclear Medicine Courses

NOTE: This page contains all of the regular course descriptions for this discipline or program. Academic credit for each course is noted in parenthesis after the course title. Prerequisites (if any) and the general education requirements, both Core and All-College Requirements (ACRs), which each course fulfills (if any) are noted following each course description. Not all courses are offered every year. Check Merlin, our searchable course schedule, to see which courses are being offered in upcoming terms.

NMT 405 Medical Terminology (1.00)
The medical terminology course will consist of a study of root words, prefixes, and suffixes of medical vocabulary. A combination of learning exercises and chapter quizzes will be utilized. Emphasis is on application of terminology through the use of chapter objectives, learning exercises, and critical thinking exercises. As an independent study, students may choose to progress more rapidly than the assignment schedule. Prerequisite: Admission to NMT program. Instructor consent required.

NMT 410 Management and Methods of Patient Care (2.00)
Skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and decision-making are developed, as well as oral and written communication skills. Career skills are enhanced through the study of the interview process, resume writing, and administrative duties including budgeting, medical and legal considerations, and political issues affecting health care. Special emphasis is placed on participation in a quality control program and scheduling guidelines. The course focuses on basic measures necessary to provide quality patient care, basic principles of record keeping, and procedures for maintaining confidentiality of information. Prerequisite: Admission to NMT program. Instructor consent required.

NMT 412 Radiation Safety and Protection (3.00)
Supervised practice and procedures for the receipt, handling, transporting, storage, usage, record keeping, disposal, and decontamination of radioactive materials. Emphasis is placed on licensing and regulations set forth by local, state, and federal agencies. Academic and clinical instruction teach radiation safety techniques which allow students to minimize exposure to themselves, the patient, the public, and fellow workers. Regulations regarding therapeutic dosages and follow-up procedures are explained. Prerequisite: Admission to NMT program. Instructor consent required.

NMT 414 Radiation Detection and Instrumentation (2.00)
Evaluation, maintenance, and function of instrumentation used in imaging and in the laboratory. Principles and theory of the following topics are covered: PET and scintillation camera operation and performance, radiation measurements, event counting activity, pulse height spectra, detection efficiency, uniformity, relative sensitivity, spacial linearity, and resolution testing. Quality assurance procedures for the PET scanner include radial, tangential and axial resolution, sensitivity, linearity, uniformity, attenuation accuracy, scatter determination, and dead time corrections. Prerequisite: Admission to NMT program. Instructor consent required.

NMT 421 Radiation Physics and Instrumentation (3.00)
Theory and physical principles associated with atomic structure, nucleus and quantum physics related to radioactive decay. Properties of the elements and the production of characteristic x and gamma rays, anger electrons, and Bremstrahlung. Instruction on the modes of decay, radiation dosimetry, and interaction of ionizing radiation with matter. Basic physics, instrumentation, and radiochemistry of Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Prerequisite: Admission to NMT program. Instructor consent required.

NMT 425 Diagnostic Nuclear Imaging Clinical Practicum I (4.00)
Supervised clinical education that gives the student the opportunity to perform a variety of patient procedures on both SPECT and PET imaging systems for all diagnostic, therapeutic, nonimaging in-vivo and in-vitro procedures. Clinical competencies are developed in patient care, positioning techniques, analyzing images, and the selection of imaging parameters and collimators. Develops knowledge of integrated computer systems designed for use with clinical gamma cameras, Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), and Position Emission Tomography (PET) images. The clinical practicum is designed to promote independent critical thinking, balanced responsibility, organization, and accountability in the student. Students demonstrate competence in all procedures presented. Prerequisite: Admission to NMT program. Instructor consent required.

NMT 426 Diagnostic Nuclear Imaging Clinical Practicum II (4.00)
A continuation of NMT 425. This course entails a supervised clinical education that gives the student the opportunity to perform a variety of patient procedures on both SPECT and PET imaging systems for all diagnostic, therapeutic, nonimaging in-vivo and in-vitro procedures. Clinical competencies are developed in patient care, positioning techniques, analyzing images, and the selection of imaging parameters and collimators. Develops knowledge of integrated computer systems designed for use with clinical gamma cameras, Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), and Position Emission Tomography (PET)images. The clinical practicum is designed to promote independent critical thinking, balanced responsibility, organization, and accountability in the student. Students demonstrate competence in all procedures presented. Prerequisite: Admission to NMT program. Instructor co! nsent required.

NMT 430 Clinical Nuclear Imaging Procedures (3.00)
Course emphasis is on the theory and techniques of clinical procedures used in nuclear medicine imaging. Areas emphasized include patient care, developing acquisition parameters, imaging techniques, radionuclide identification, energies, half-lives, and principles of radionuclides in imaging and nonimaging procedures. Students continue to develop an increased degree of competence in performance of the skills related to critical thinking and problem solving. Prerequisite: Admission to NMT program. Instructor consent required.

NMT 432 Radionuclide Chemistry and Radiopharmacy (3.00)
The chemical, physical, and biological properties of radiopharmaceuticals used in diagnosis and therapy are covered. The course examines the performance of all radionuclide quality control and quality assurance procedures. Principles of decay and half-life, tissue localization, chemical impurities, generator systems, dose preparation, and techniques of good laboratory practices and cell labeling are all included in this course. Prerequisite: Admission to NMT program. Instructor consent required.

NMT 434 Radiation Biology (2.00)
The emphasis is upon the knowledge of cell structure and function as a basis for understanding both cellular and organ responses to the effects of ionizing radiation, radionuclides, and radiation oncology. The course develops the understanding of units of exposure, organ dose calculation, and body distribution. Prerequisite: Admission to NMT program. Instructor consent required.

NMT 436 Computer Applications (3.00)
This course covers the operations and maintenance of computer hardware and software. The emphasis is on data collection, analysis and processing used in clinical imaging, and application of computer devices and memory usage. Also emphasized are SPECT and PET quality control procesures. Prerequisite: Admission to NMT program. Instructor consent required.

NMT 438 Clinical Correlation - Pathology (3.00)
This course focuses on the study of the structure and function of human cells, tissues, organs, and systems. It covers the clinical interpretation of organ systems, with emphasis on immunology, anatomy, and physiology, which provides a basis for understanding abnormal or pathological conditions as applied to nuclear medicine. Causes, symptoms, and treatments of disease are discussed as well as its effect on the images. In addition, the student is scheduled to observe the interpretation of images with the physician staff. Prerequisite: Admission to NMT program. Instructor consent required.

NMT 440 Computed Tomography and Cross Sectional Anatomy (2.00)
Introduction to the fundamental concepts and principles of computed technology and its role in medical imaging. Specific topics include physics and instrumentation of CT scanning, image production, and cross-sectional anatomy of the head, neck, thorax, abdomen, and pelvis. Emphasis is placed on patient considerations, patient safety, and radiation protection. Instructor consent required.