NMT415 Computerised Tomography for Nuclear Medicine (8)

This subject introduces the principles, instrumentation and physics of computerised tomography (CT) to the Nuclear Medicine technologist/scientist. The subject equips the Nuclear Medicine practitioner with the knowledge and skills required for application of CT in hybrid technology (SPECT/CT and PET/CT).

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Explain and demonstrate an understanding of the principles of xray production, the xray tube and radiation detectors;
  • Explain and demonstrate an understanding of the principles of radiation metrology that apply to CT;
  • Use appropriate terminology;
  • Explain and demonstrate an understanding of the physical principles of CT instrumentation;
  • Describe the factors that impact on image quality in CT and the implications;
  • Implement and assess basic QA in CT; and
  • Demonstrate an appreciation of and an ability to apply principles of radiation safety, appropriate regulations and design theory.


This subject will cover the following topics:

Review of X-ray Physics (20%): Overview of x-ray production Radiation Metrology (Beam quantities, dose quantities, average & point value concepts, "thin" and "broad" beam concepts in measurement) Radiation Interaction with Matter (Cross-section, collision probability) Uncharged particles (exponential attenuation law, half-value thickness, attenuation coefficients, absorption coefficients, single vs. multi energy photon beams) Charged particles (simplified Beth Bloch law, quantitative behaviour) Elementary radiological dose relationships. Radiation Detectors (Luminescence and photo-stimulation, ionisation chamber, GM tube, crystalline and liquid scintillation counters, pulse height spectrometry, solid-state detectors, TLD's The xray tube (20%) X-ray production in relation to equipment, Anode compositions and applications, Stationary and rotating anode configuration, Cathode design and operation, Tube components, Heating and cooling characteristics and ratings, Housing types, mounts, Beam restriction devices. Computerised Tomography Principles (60%): CT terminology, Physical principles of computerised tomography including conventional, helical / spiral and multi slice CT Computerised tomography instrumentation capabilities and specifications of computerised tomography Image quality in CT (determinants, influencing factors, measurements, quality assurance and quality control programs in computerised tomography) Contrast media Australian regulations / standards, radiation safety considerations and department planning relevant to CT


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.