Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

CLINIMAG 706 - Nuclear Medicine Specialised Clinical Applications

15 Points

Next offered Semester 1, 2020



Addresses normal and altered radiopharmaceutical biodistribution appearances, and protocol selection and development, associated with cardiovascular, lymphatic and oncological applications in Nuclear Medicine. Students will also examine non-imaging radionuclide investigations and therapeutic applications associated with current and evolving Nuclear Medicine techniques.

Objectives and learning outcomes

This course aims to provide students with specialised theoretical knowledge and an understanding of the more complex scientific principles of Nuclear Medicine. Students will continue to cultivate a critically questioning approach to Nuclear Medicine practice with an emphasis on integrating theory and clinical practice elements in order to facilitate clinical competence.

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

1. Differentiate and explain normal and altered radiopharmaceutical biodistribution on Nuclear Medicine images of cardiovascular, lymphatic and oncological applications.

2. Make informed clinical judgements on the selection of radiopharmaceuticals and protocols in relation to cardiovascular, lymphatic and oncological applications.

3. Develop appropriate protocols for cardiovascular, lymphatic and oncological applications.

4. Critically evaluate a range of specialised Nuclear Medicine techniques to investigate specific anatomical regions, physiological processes and pathologies.

5. Critically discuss current developments in Nuclear Medicine applications and explore literature in relation to emerging initiatives.

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.


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 the library databases and resources, 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)


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



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:

  • Short Answer Questions 40%
  • Pictorial Essay 30%
  • Literature Review 30%

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