MRS223 Nuclear Medicine Science 1 (16)

In this subject students begin their dedicated study of Nuclear Medicine Science. Students explore the musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular and endocrine systems developing their Nuclear Medicine technical and professional skills. Students undertake two clinical blocks each of 4 weeks duration reinforcing knowledge and skills within the context of clinical capabilities and building towards meeting the requirements for professional registration. Students will also further explore and develop skills for critical evaluation of information, reflective practice and adding to their professional portfolio.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
On Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS223. 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



Two sessions


School of Dentistry and Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging)


MRS120 and MRS121

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 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 perform quality evaluation of image datasets, identify limitations and recognise artefacts, including identifying and reporting urgent or unexpected findings (MRPBA Domain 1.7b and c);
  • 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); and
  • 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).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Clinical block (2 x 4 week);
  • Professionalism;
  • Ethics and law;
  • Social and environmental justice;
  • Radiation safety;
  • Patient care and communication;
  • Culturally safe environments
  • WHS;
  • Technical competence; and
  • Reflective practice.
  • TOPICS (for each of)
  • Musculoskeletal;
  • Respiratory;
  • Cardiac; and
  • Endocrine.
  • 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 40 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students undertake 2 blocks of 4 weeks clinical placement (8 weeks total, comprised of 40 rostered days of standard shift hours) at approved clinical sites recognised by MRPBA. Placement may occur at two different sites each of 4 weeks.

Special Resources

Students undertake 2 blocks of 4 weeks clinical placement which requires students to undertake travel at their own expense (including travel, 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: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.