Clinical Nuclear Physics

Authorized User Training


Authorized User Training

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Our curriculum addresses the following core competencies as recommended by the NRC part 35.290:

  • Radiation Physics
  • Instrumentation & Quality Control/Assurance
  • Radiation Biology
  • Radiation Safety & Protection
  • Radiopharmacy
  • Chemistry of byproduct material for medical use
  • Mathematics pertaining to the use and measurement of radioactivity
  • Generator Safety
  • Dose Reduction in Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT
  • Comprehension and Assessment Exercises

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    Accepted By The Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology (CBNC)

    Our Clinical Nuclear Physics course is a comprehensive online self-study program that provides the didactic portion of the 80 hour nuclear physics requirements to sit for the CBNC exam. All materials address the authorized user requirements set forth by the USNRC 35.290. Course curriculum will be presented in an on-line format where the student will evaluate didactic material, illustrations and animations relevant to the clinical applications of Nuclear Medicine. To complete the laboratory component, participants can use their own facility's authorized user or they may opt to utilize an MD Training @home partner lab for an additional fee. All materials covered meet the requirements of the CBNC's application process.

    Each course participant will receive secure access to the compendium of interactive training materials. Upon completion of each module, the participant will take part in an online quiz to gauge their retention of the information presented. In order to claim a certificate of completion, each participant must receive a passing score of 75% on all quizzes as well as the final exam. All materials provided include unlimited access for CBNC exam preparation and clinical reference.

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The folowing topics are covered within the course curriculum:

Radiation Physics
1. Atomic Structure
2. Radioactivity
3. Radioactive Decay
4. Radiation Interactions with Matter
5. Units of Radiation
6. Quiz 1

Instrumentation & Quality Control/Assurance
1. Instrumentation - radiation detectors, scintillation & solid state cameras, CT
2. Quality Control/Assurance
3. Quiz 2

Radiation Biology
1. Radiation Physics Review - non-ionizing and ionizing radiation
2. Sources of Radiation - background radiation, man-made radiation
3. Interactions with Biological Matter - the cell, effects on the human body
4. Effects of Ionizing Radiation - nonstochastic/deterministic, stochastic, genetic stochastic, acute somatic
5. Quiz 3

Radiation Safety & Protection
1. ALARA - time/distance/shielding
2. Dosimetry
3. Radiation Protection Program / Radiation Safety Committee
4. Area Monitoring
5. Radioactive Waste
6. Radioactive Spills
7. Postings - signage, notices, labeling
8. PET vs. General Nuclear Medicine
9. Quiz 4

Radiopharmacy
1. Production - nuclear reactor, generator, cyclotron
2. Properties of Isotopes
3. Chemistry/Compounding - reactions, properties, QC
4. Synthesis Modules - reactions, properties, QC
5. USP (797)
6. cGMP
7. Quiz 5

Generator Safety
1. Mo-99/Tc-99m generator
2. Rubidium Generator
3. Quiz 6

Dose Reduction in Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT
1. General Comments and Concepts
2. General Nuclear Medicine
3. Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT)
4. Special Considerations with Pediatric Patients
5. Future Directions - co-evolution of camera technology, software, and hardware
6. A multi-faceted approach to dose reduction
7. Quiz 7

Final Examination
In order to claim the certificate of completion, participants must achieve the following:

1) Review 100% of all didactic materials and teaching points.
2) Receive a passing score of 75% on all quizzes as well as the final exam.
3) Meet independent laboratory criteria.
4) Return a simple attestation form signed by an authorized user.
Phillip H. Kuo M.D., PhD.
University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson
Associate Professor for Departments of Radiology, Medicine, and Biomedical Engineering
Section Chief of Nuclear Medicine, Director of PET/CT
Laboratory Principal Investigator in the Arizona Cancer Center.

Steven Mottl, D.O.
Director of Clinical Education
MD Training @home, LLC
Board certified in Internal Medicine and Cardiology
Subspecialty board certification: Echocardiography, Nuclear Cardiology, Vascular Imaging

ONLINE MATERIAL: The course consists of three online components: Didactics, Quizzes and a Final Exam. All quizzes and tests require a 75% pass rate. This component will be presented in an on-line format where the student will interact with MD Training @home's web based eLearning environment, axion,. The program requires no specialized connection or software and supports all major browsers on PC and Mac platforms.

LABORATORY EXERCISE: The laboratory component will consist of a gamma camera and hot lab quality control review as well as discussions in documentation for all daily, monthly, quarterly and annual reporting. Participants can utilize their own facility's authorized user to complete the laboratory portion or they may opt to utilize an MD Training @home partner lab for an additional fee. Applicable travel and expenses are not included in this fee.
***Participants must complete the laboratory component in order to receive credit.
***MD Training @home must receive an authorized user signed attestation form before a certificate of completion can be issued.