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NMDT 417. Nuclear Radiation Physics

Credits: 1-4
Department: Nuclear Medicine Technology
Description: Properties of alpha, beta, and gamma radiations; their origins and interactions with matter; their control and shielding; the statistics of counting.
Semester Offered:
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Summer
Grading Method: ABCDF

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Identify all radioactive modes of decay and describe how they affect nuclear medicine imaging.
2. Describe how radiation is created, how it decays, and how it interacts with matter.
3. Identify gamma spectroscopy devices and the components of the energy spectrum.
4. Identify and explain the purpose of all components of a gamma camera.
5. Explain the origin and effect of each of the following image characteristics: background, noise, resolution loss with distance, and photon attenuation and scatter for planar imaging.
6. Compare and contrast all types of radiation detectors as they relate to sensitivity and efficiency.
7. Explain all quality control procedures from camera installation to everyday quality control procedures for planar systems.






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