ASRT Online Learning Center

Continuing Education for Radiologic Technologists

Course Description

Course Information

Course: Computed Tomography, Nuclear Medicine

Module: Imaging Techniques: PET/CT

Module Description:
Audience: Nuclear Medicine, PET technologists and CT Technologists interested in learning about PET/CT
Imaging Techniques: PET/CT is designed to provide imaging professionals and radiologic technologists 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.

This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same biennium.

Learning Objectives
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 key components of the Biograph system, including PET, CT, hardware, and software
8. Describe acquisition protocols for whole body scans, heart and brain studies, and radiation therapy planning
9. Understand the theory of list mode imaging and how dynamic, cardiac and respiratory gated studies are acquired and processed.
10. Identify critical steps, both process and purpose, for PET/CT equipment quality control.

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Sponsor and/or Accreditation: American Society of Radiologic Technologists
Credits: 1.00
Price: $25.00
Sponsor and/or Accreditation: International Society of Radiographers and Radiological Technologists
Credits: 1.00
Price: $25.00