PHM214 Radiopharmacy (8)

This subject presents the principles associated with Radiopharmacy practice. Students develop an understanding of and ability to apply knowledge and skills in legislative, theoretical and the practical concepts of Radiopharmacy. Students explore and apply principles of radiation safety, safe radiopharmacy practice, biological and chemical properties of radiopharmaceuticals, radiopharmacy calculations, quality assurance and pre-clinical applications. Students undertake practicals for skill development in radiation safety, radionuclide generator elution, radiopharmaceutical reconstitution, dose dispensing, and radiopharmacy quality control.


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

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: PHM214. 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 Medical Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging)

Assumed Knowledge

BMS191 and BMS192 Human Bioscience 1 and 2

MRS121 Introduction Medical Radiation Science

PHY115 Physics for Medical Radiation Science

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to describe and apply the principles of radiation safety and risk management with specific reference to safe radiation practice, maintaining safety of self and others and safely managing radiation and radioactivity (MRPBA Domain 5);
  • be able to identify and explain professional and ethical conduct with specific reference to practicing in an ethical, professional and legal manner, providing appropriate care, and assuming accountability and responsibility with respect to Radiopharmacy practice (MRPBA Domain 2);
  • 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, implement nuclear medicine examinations and therapies (MRPBA Domain 1B.1, and 1B.2);
  • be able to describe and apply understanding of practice in Nuclear Medicine with specific reference to in vivo and in vitro laboratory procedures (MRPBA Domain 1B.3);
  • 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 radiopharmacy, 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); and
  • be able to demonstrate knowledge and skill in sustainable practices in Nuclear Medicine and Radiopharmacy.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Radiation safety
  • Statutory and regulatory requirements for receipt, handling, management and disposal of radiation
  • Calculations
  • Radionuclide production
  • Radionuclide generators
  • Radiopharmaceutical reconstitution
  • Dose dispensing
  • Radiopharmaceutical chemistry
  • Peptides
  • Radionuclide therapy
  • Theranostics
  • Red blood cell /white blood cell labelling
  • Quality control / quality assurance
  • Pre-clinical development

Special Resources

Students undertake pre-clinical practical activities (required for professional registration) using onsite radiopharmacy laboratory equipment.

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.