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Postgraduate Course: Hybrid radionuclide imaging - PET-CT (NEME11058)

Course Outline
SchoolDeanery of Clinical Sciences CollegeCollege of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
Course typeOnline Distance Learning AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryTheoretical teaching in PET-CT - a hybrid radionuclide imaging technique. This elective course may not run in a certain academic year if the cohort wishing to enrol on it is very small.
Course description PET-CT is an emerging imaging technology with research & clinical applications. It is a very specialized subject requiring specific knowledge, especially around regulations & safety, which have practical implications. This course brings together key theoretical & practical information about radiopharmacy, position emission tomography (PET) & computed tomography (CT) imaging. It describes the combined PET-CT technique, & covers issues around patient management. Some clinical & research applications illustrate how PET-CT is implemented.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 14/01/2019
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Written Exam 50 %, Coursework 50 %,«br /»
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Assessment will consist of continuous, in-course assessment and a final assessment.«br /»
- in-course assessment will be a mixture of multiple choice questions, practical tasks, as well as contributions to discussions and group learning activities; in-course assessments will be delivered in parallel with the taught component«br /»
- final assessment will normally include a combination of multiple choice questions and practical tasks, taking place at the end of the taught course component
Feedback formative feedback

Besides summative feedback, formative feedback is provided throughout the course by tutors supporting the weekly course modules and also by the in-course assessment activity tutor.

Feedback to objective test questions will be instant as it will be embedded in the software which delivers these assessments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Outline and specify the physical principles, applications, regulations & safety of radiopharmacology as they relate to CT-PET
  2. Outline and specify the physical principles of & evaluate the practical, plus safety, issues pertaining to both Computed Tomography (CT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET)
  3. Relate CT to PET, integrating knowledge of the individual techniques to the combined implementation of PET-CT techniques; and effectively communicate the principles of hybrid imaging to a range of interested parties (including radiographers with training in only one of the two modalities)
  4. Explain and justify the PET-CT patient pathway by integrating practical knowledge around patient management with constraints determined by the imaging technique
  5. Critically appraise current & recommend future applications of PET-CT, both in research & clinically
Reading List
A list of required and recommended readings will be provided through the institutional online learning environment.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Skills and abilities in Research and Enquiry: students will be equipped to obtain, assess, analyse and evaluate imaging with a view to investigating diseases; students will become more adept and competent at diagnosis, using well designed, methodologically sound and practical imaging techniques.
2. Skills & abilities in Personal & Intellectual Autonomy: the online eLearning delivery format means students have to be self-motivated and self-directed in order to complete the coursework successfully. They will be directed to compulsory readings in the literature which will act as a springboard for further readings. Activities will be designed so that students have to work independently, before discussing and presenting their work to peers and tutors.
3. Skills and abilities in Communication: the success of online distance learning depends on interaction with peers and tutors. Activities will all have group components where students communicate with each other and learn to work together to achieve various goals. Discussion boards associated with each Module also will allow students to post questions as well as to answer questions of their peers. Students will develop good practice in communication and collaboration using modern online communication tools, including but not restricted to asynchronous discussion forums, wikis and other web 2.0 tools.
4. Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness: the nature of the online distance learning environment means that students have to develop effective time management skills, as well as self-discipline with regards to regular study. They also need to juggle time-limited interactions with peers and tutors on which they are assessed.
KeywordsImaging,Radiology,Nuclear Medicine,Radiopharmacy,Computed Tomography,Positron Emission Tomography
Course organiserProf Andrew Farrall
Tel: (0131) 537 3910
Course secretaryDr Charilaos Alexakis
Tel: 0131 537 3125
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