Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences


CLINIMAG 705 - Nuclear Medicine Clinical Applications

15 Points

Semester 2, 2019

Distance

Description


Addresses normal and altered radiopharmaceutical biodistribution appearances, protocol selection and development, and clinical applications associated with the endocrine, respiratory, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, genitourinary and central nervous systems.   

Objectives and learning outcomes


This course aims to cultivate a critically questioning approach to Nuclear Medicine imaging practice. An emphasis will be placed on integrating theory and clinical practice elements in order to facilitate clinical competence. The course will expect students to assimilate the underlying physical principles of Nuclear Medicine with relevant biological processes and imaging appearances.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Differentiate and explain normal and altered radiopharmaceutical biodistribution of the endocrine, respiratory, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, genitourinary and central nervous systems on Nuclear Medicine images.
  2. Make informed clinical judgements with regard to the selection of radiopharmaceuticals and protocols in relation to the endocrine, respiratory, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, genitourinary and central nervous systems.
  3. Develop appropriate protocols for endocrine, respiratory, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, genitourinary and central nervous system applications.
  4. Critically evaluate a range of Nuclear Medicine techniques to investigate specific pathologies of the endocrine, respiratory, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, genitourinary and central nervous systems.
  5. Apply an evidence-based approach to clinical decision-making and problem solving.

Programme and course advice


Prerequisite: MEDIMAGE 720

This course is a compulsory course within the PGDipHSc(Medical Imaging – Nuclear Medicine pathway) programme.

All students enrolled in the PGDipHSc(Medical Imaging) or PGCertHSc(Medical Imaging) programmes are eligible for direct entry to this course on completion of the prerequisite course. For all other students, departmental approval is required and a concession request must be submitted when applying to enrol in this course.

Access to a clinical Nuclear Medicine department is highly recommended.

Course delivery and workload


This course is delivered fully online by distance via the University of Auckland’s learning management system ‘Canvas’. It will incorporate a range of learning approaches including videos, webpages, links to library, and utilising online technologies to promote shared learning opportunities.

The total expected workload for this course is approximately 150 hours. This may be broken down as follows:

  • Set readings relevant to Nuclear Medicine clinical practice (40 hours)
  • Other resources provided on Canvas e.g. videos, websites (10 hours)
  • Assignments and self-directed learning (100 hours)

Readings


There is not a required textbook for this course. A large selection of readings and other res ources will be
able to be accessed online via the course website and the Philson Library databases.

Assessment


An aggregated mark of 50% or more is required to successfully pass this course. Resubmission of failed assessments is not permitted.

Penalties for excessive word count and/or late submission (without prior written approval for an extension) will be applied in accordance with the 'Medical Imaging Assessment Requirements and Presentation Criteria' document.

The following is indicative of the type of assessments to be completed for this course:

  • Case-Based Discussion 40%
  • Clinical Case Analysis 30%
  • MCQ, Short Answer and Image Evaluation Test 30%

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