MRS331 Nuclear Medicine Science 2 (16)

In this subject students continue to build their knowledge and skills in Nuclear Medicine Science. Students explore diagnostic processes for a number of body systems and conditions including: genitourinary system, gastrointestinal system, central nervous system, inflammation and infection. Students continue to develop their understanding of the principles and practice of Nuclear Medicine Science underpinned by professional practice in the clinical setting (6 weeks clinical practicum). The theoretical modules of this subject are designed to develop the requisite knowledge, skills and capabilities required for graduate entry professional registration. Students will also develop and consolidate critical evaluation, reflective practice skills, communication skills and further develop their cultural competence. 


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS331. 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 Dentistry and Medical Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

 Bachelor Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging)



Incompatible Subjects


Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe, explain and implement professional practice with specific reference to applying anatomy, physiology and pathology, applying the principles of physics and instrumentation, utilising clinical information management systems, determining appropriate procedures, patient assessment and due diligence, deliver appropriate care and stabilisation/reproducibility techniques, and manage / manipulate 3D datasets (MRPBA Domain 1);
  • be able to perform quality evaluation of image datasets, including identifying and reporting urgent or unexpected findings in an appropriate and timely manner (MRPBA Domain 1.7b and c);
  • be able to describe and apply understanding of practice in nuclear medicine with specific reference to implementing preparation of radiopharmaceuticals, explaining diagnostic and therapeutic radiopharmaceutical biodistribution, implementing routine imaging including SPECT/CT and PET/CT, implement CT imaging, implement nuclear medicine examinations and therapies (MRPBA Domain 1 and 1B.1-2 and 4);
  • be able to describe and apply understanding of practice in nuclear medicine with specific reference to describing in vivo and in vitro laboratory procedures (MRPBA Domain 1B.3);
  • be able to describe and apply the principles of radiation safety and risk management with specific reference to safe radiation practice, protecting/enhancing patient safety, ensuring safe operation of equipment, maintain safety of self and others and safely managing radiation and radioactivity (MRPBA Domain 5);
  • be able to explain and apply the principles of evidence based practice and professional learning with specific reference to critical thinking, analytical appraisal and reflective skills related to clinical imaging, problem solving and decision making (MRPBA Domain 4.1) be able to recognise opportunities to develop new knowledge through research and enquiry, and contribute to the enhancement of the profession (MRPBA Domain 2.5 and 4.1d);
  • be able to apply digital technology and digital literacy skills for professional practice and research and demonstrate digital citizenship in online learning and professional communities (MRPBA Domain 4);
  • be able to demonstrate communication and collaboration skills with specific reference to clear, sensitive and effective, culturally appropriate communication to create culturally safe environments and collaborating with other health practitioners (MRPBA Domain 3);
  • be able to identify, explain and implement professional and ethical conduct with specific reference to practicing in an ethical, non-discriminatory, professional and legal manner, providing appropriate care, assuming accountability and responsibility, and patient advocacy (MRPBA Domain 2);
  • be able to recognise the need for appropriate decisions about the care of patients before, during, and after the examination/treatment. (MRPBA Domain 1.7d; 2.3a); and
  • be able to understand the processes of peer assessment, standard setting, mentorship, and developmental support to other members of the healthcare team. (MRPBA Domain 2.5a).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • CLINICAL BLOCK (1 x 6 weeks):
  • Professionalism;
  • Ethics and law;
  • Social and environmental justice;
  • Radiation safety;
  • Patient care and communication;
  • Culturally safe environments
  • WHS;
  • Technical competence; and
  • Reflective practice.
  • Genitourinary;
  • Gastrointestinal;
  • Central Nervous System; and
  • Infection and inflammation.
  • Terminology;
  • Protocol and procedure;
  • Radiopharmacy;
  • Pathophysiology / clinical indications;
  • Quantitative and data analysis;
  • Paediatric considerations;
  • Image interpretation; and
  • Integrative imaging.

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 30 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students undertake 1 block of 6 weeks (30 eight hour days). Clinical placement is undertaken at an approved clinical sites recognised by MRPBA. This includes approved sites in rural, regional and metropolitan sites; and public and private departments. Student placement is at one site for the period of the practicum.

Special Resources

Students undertake a 6 week clinical placement which require students to undertake travel at their own expense (including travel and accommodation) and uniforms. Students undertake pre-clinical practical activities in CSU laboratories and in clinical centres that partner with CSU.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.