MRS330 Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation (8)

This subject supports a student to develop a deep understanding of the principles associated with the imaging technology employed in conventional Nuclear Medicine; including relevant physics, electronics, counting statistics, pulse-height spectrometry and image quality. Students explore the physics and instrumentation of the gamma camera, SPECT and PET; including hybrid and pre-clinical technology. Nuclear Medicine computer hardware and software, associated hardware, computer operating systems and language, Nuclear Medicine computer graphics, image acquisition data analysis and image reconstruction are all explored in detail.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MRS330. 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 Health Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

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

Assumed Knowledge

PHY115 Physics for Medical Radiation Science

MRS121 Introduction to Medical Radiation Science

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 the principles of physics and instrumentation, utilising patient information management systems and manage / manipulate 3D datasets (MRPBA Domain 1.2, 1.3, 1B.2, 1B.4);
  • 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 and safely managing radiation and radioactivity (MRPBA Domain 5);
  • be able to apply and critically evaluate understanding of practice in nuclear medicine for the implementation of routine imaging including SPECT/CT and PET/CT and implement CT imaging (MRPBA Domain 1B);
  • 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 demonstrate communication and collaboration skills with specific reference to clear, sensitive and effective communication and collaborating with other health practitioners with respect to these instrumentation modalities (MRPBA Domain 3); and
  • be able to demonstrate critical, analytical, and reflective skills in a range of contexts including clinical problem solving, research and empirical practice, and academic and professional discourse related to instrumentation developments and image data reconstruction (MRPBA Domain 4).


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The gamma camera
  • PET and PET/CT
  • Data analysis
  • Pre-clinical systems

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.