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Nuclear medicine and PET imaging course

Course dates

Tuesday 12 - Friday 15 March 2024 - COURSE FULL - dates for the 2025 course will be available in due course.


The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Downs Road, Sutton, Surrey, UK.

Course overview

This course is organised by the Joint Department of Physics of The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust and The Institute of Cancer Research, London.

This longstanding course is designed to teach the scientific principles upon which nuclear medicine imaging is based. It gives an introduction to the underlying physics and radiochemistry principles which form the basis of nuclear medicine before delivering a set of detailed lectures covering all aspects of imaging.

The course is run over four days (Tuesday to Friday). Each day is designed to cover a particular theme. The first day primarily covers radionuclides and radiation protection; the second day focuses on gamma camera and SPECT imaging; the third day is dedicated to PET/CT imaging. The fourth day concentrates on individual patient dosimetry/treatment planning for molecular radiotherapy.

The course is intended to be useful for medical physicists in training and postgraduate students, as well as more experienced professionals seeking to refresh or expand their knowledge in key areas.

The course assumes some familiarity with general principles of physics, but no specific knowledge of nuclear medicine imaging is assumed. A provisional lecture list is available below.

Provisional lecture list

Day 1: Radionuclides & radiation protection

  • Physics for Nuclear Medicine
  • The Future of Nuclear Medicine
  • Radionuclide Production
  • Nuclear Medicine Case Studies
  • Radiation Detectors
  • Radiopharmaceuticals

Day 2: Gamma camera imaging

  • The Gamma Camera
  • Nuclear Medicine Imaging Techniques
  • SPECT Imaging
  • Radiation Protection in Nuclear Medicine
  • Clinical Aspects of Nuclear Medicine
  • Quality Control and Performance Assessment of Gamma Camera Systems
  • Iterative Reconstruction
  • Advances in Gamma Camera Technology

Day 3: PET/CT

  • Principles of CT imaging
  • PET Instrumentation
  • PET Tracer Production and Molecular Targeting
  • Principles of Tracer Kinetics
  • Image Processing Techniques
  • PET in Radiotherapy
  • Advances in PET Technology

Day 4: Internal dosimetry

  • Introduction to the MIRD Schema
  • Quantitative Imaging
  • Absorbed Dose Calculation Algorithms
  • Applications of Internal Dosimetry
  • Radiobiology for MRT
  • Dosimetry in Emerging Clinical Therapies
  • Practical Session

Each lecture will be 45 minutes in duration.

Registration & Course fees

Registration Form

All current course registration fees are given on our registration form. Delegates wishing to attend on particular days only, will be charged on a pro rata basis. 

The cost includes lunches and light refreshments. Lecture notes and a certificate of attendance are provided.

You will be allocated a place on receipt of a completed registration form and a valid quoted payment reference/purchase order or completed bank transfer. We are unable to accept provisional bookings.

The number of participants is limited, so early booking is advised.  Applications from outside the UK are welcome.

Closing date for registrations - 26 February 2024

Related documents

Provisional Timetable

Provisional Lecture Synopses

Sutton site map


Course Organiser: Dr Iain Murray

For registration details and any other queries contact:

Course Administrator: Mrs Jessica Keegan