Professional Certificate in CT and PET Imaging

The UniSA Professional Certificate in CT and PET Imaging is designed prepare students for clinical experience in Computed Tomography (CT) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET)/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) hybrid imaging. It will also provide a broad knowledge base of advanced CT procedures.

Who should attend?

Qualified Nuclear Medicine Technologists who are seeking an EPA licence from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to operate SPECT/CT and PET/CT equipment in a clinical setting, but who were not provided with knowledge around these new technologies as part of their undergraduate degree.

Course content

Physical principles of CT and PET/CT and their application to medical diagnosis and treatment; instrumentation; generations of scanners; Helical/spiral CT systems; multislice scanners; imaging/scanning parameters; patient positioning; examination preparation; contrast media; venepuncture; image reconstruction; image quality; artefacts; quality assurance procedures; image evaluation; image interpretation; anatomy recognition in multiple planes; pathology; image manipulation; patient and staff safety issues; biological effects; patient care including risk factors; radiation safety; dosimetry; interpersonal communication, skills contact, responding empathically, nursing skills/patient interactions; hybrid imaging; image co-registration; image fusion; attenuation correction; clinical applications of co-registration and image fusion; quality assurance and control; protocols of contemporary practice; advanced current CT procedures; radioisotopes, biodistribution of radiopharmaceuticals, paediatric considerations; radiation therapy simulation and planning; professionalism; ethics; legalities.

Course outcomes

On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  • Apply knowledge previously acquired in medical radiation science and demonstrate a knowledge of the principles, instrumentation, clinical applications, imaging protocols; data acquisition and image evaluation of CT and PET/CT hybrid systems for current routine and advanced procedures.
  • Interpret and evaluate CT, PET and PET/CT images, in terms of anatomy, physiology and pathology and linking these findings with the procedural protocol required to produce such images
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the principles of image co-registration , image fusion, attenuation correction and the application to diagnosis and treatment
  • Demonstrate image manipulation of CT and PET images in applied procedures.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of quality assurance procedures relating to CT and PET

Course delivery

This course is an online external delivery over 6 weeks.

Course preparation reading material will be sent to persons enrolled before the commencement of the course.

Assessment

Workbook - 2000 words

Case Study - 1500 words

Examination - 2.5 hours

Examination is scheduled during the official University exam period. Assessments will need to be completed by this date.

Cost

$2000.00** (GST Exempt)

**Please note, prices are for 2017 and may be reviewed at any time

How to enrol

To enrol, please download an enrolment form (PDF 216 KB).

Applications close one week prior to course commencement - Study period 5.

Further information

For more course information and course related queries please contact the School of Health Sciences

healthstudy@unisa.edu.au

Areas of study and research

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