Imaging Techniques: PET/CT
Hours: 2.00
This course is accessible until 12/31/2019

Why wait? Imaging Techniques of PET/CT is designed to provide radiologic technologists as well as health care professionals with a basic understanding of the components, theory, use, and benefits of PET/CT technology. It begins with a discussion of the theory and development of PET and CT scanners and the steps that led to merging the technologies to produce PET/CT. Other topics include a brief look at some of the PET/CT systems currently available; the image acquisition process, including whole body scans, heart and brain studies, and radiation therapy planning; and image formation and reconstruction. The final module addresses quality control procedures necessary for maintaining and operating PET/CT equipment.

NOTE: This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat and report a self-learning activity for credit in the same biennium.

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Upon successful completion of this course, the participant will be able to:
  1. Describe key points of Coincidence Theory for PET imaging.
  2. Identify specific qualities of 2D and 3D imaging.
  3. Recognize several methods of reconstruction and specific information regarding each.
  4. Describe the key components of computed tomography including slip ring technology.
  5. Describe the history and development of PET/CT and its clinical applications.
  6. Identify clinically used PET scintillators and the criteria for PET crystals.
  7. Describe acquisition protocols for whole body scans, heart and brain studies, and radiation therapy planning.    
  8. Recognize the theory of list mode imaging and how dynamic-, cardiac-, and respiratory-gated studies are acquired and processed.
  9. Identify critical steps, both process and purpose, for PET/CT equipment quality control.

Revisioning Author: Joseph Hawkins, MS.Ed, BS, CNMT

Joseph has a MS in Education, Bachelors in Nuclear Medicine Technology and is a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist. In his current position as Program Director of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program for Adventist University of Health Sciences, he is responsible for all aspects of the program including didactic and clinical instruction, course content, program curriculum, student evaluation and counseling. Prior to joining the faculty at  ADU, Joseph was Assistant Professor and Program Director at Prince George's community College, Largo, Maryland. Throughout his tenure, Joseph has made significant contributions in his profession through various publications, workshops, textbook reviews, presentations, and involvement with various Nuclear medicine organizations. Joseph earned his BS in Nuclear Medicine Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology; MS in Education at St. Joseph's College of Maine; CNMT and attended State University of New York, Buffalo, N.Y.  He has over 25 years of experience in Nuclear Medicine, he has presented lectures at several local and regional nuclear medicine meetings. He is the 2009-2010 recipient of the Faculty Merit Award for Professional Service presented by Adventist University of Health Sciences.

This author has disclosed that there are neither conflicts of interest nor commercial affiliation with this activity.

Leanna Neubrander, M.H.Sc, RT(R)(CT)

Leanna has worked as an instructor for Adventist University of Health Sciences since 2006. In fact, she is an alumnus of the institution, graduating with her A.S. degree in Radiography and B.S. degree in Radiologic Sciences. She is certified and proficient in radiography and computed tomography, and has extensive training in magnetic resonance imaging. Ms. Neubrander obtained her master's degree from Nova Southeastern University in Health Sciences with a concentration in Higher Education. Ms. Neubrander is an active member of the American Society of Radiologic Technologists and the Association of Educators in Imaging and Radiologic Sciences. She has spoken at several conferences on various topics in computed tomography and education, and is a published author in the Radiologic Sciences and Education Journal.

This author has disclosed that there are neither conflicts of interest nor commercial affiliation with this activity.

American Healthcare Radiology Administrators (AHRA)
CE Credits: 2, Category: A ARRT, Expires: 12/31/2019

Dept of Health - Bureau of Radiation Control (DOH-BRC)
CE Credits: 2, Category: 00-Technical Approved, Expires: 1/31/2022

Completion Requirements:

To receive continuing education credit commensurate with the credit awarded for this on-line activity the participant must:

  • View all modules

  • Participate and pass all learning checks

  • Pass the PostTest(s) with a minimum score of 80%

  • Complete and submit the on-line evaluation

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