Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

MEDIMAGE 708 - Nuclear Medicine Technology

15 Points

Semester 1, 2019



Provides students with an in-depth understanding of nuclear medicine technology and its application. The course addresses scientific principles of the modality relating to clinical practice including Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography (SPECT), Positron Emission Tomography (PET), image quality, quality assurance and non-imaging radionuclide investigations.

Objectives and learning outcomes

This course aims to extend students’ specialised theoretical knowledge and understanding of the underlying scientific principles of Nuclear Medicine technology. The student will develop the ability to apply this knowledge to obtain images of optimal diagnostic quality. The student will continue to develop the ability to apply this knowledge in the safe use of radiopharmaceuticals and Nuclear Medicine equipment for clinical and/or research purposes.

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of advanced theoretical concepts relating to Nuclear Medicine technology. 
  2. Analyse and integrate the technology and underlying physical principles of Nuclear Medicine to enable image optimisation.
  3. Critically evaluate the technical and diagnostic quality of a range of Nuclear Medicine images.
  4. Evaluate the importance of quality assurance and explain the associated impact on safety and image quality.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  5. Critically discuss current developments in Nuclear Medicine technology and assess the impact on clinical practice.

Programme and course advice

Prerequisite course: 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

The 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 theory (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:

  • Quality Assurance Written Assessment                         20%
  • SPECT Assessment                                                   30%
  • PET Assessment                                                       30%
  • Short Answer Questions and Image Evaluation Test        20%

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