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Nuclear medicine and PET imaging course

Course dates for next year: Tuesday 12 – Friday 15 March 2019

Location: Brookes Lawley Building, The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Downs Road, Sutton, Surrey , UK

Course overview

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.

Although accommodation is not included in the course fee, we can supply a list of accommodation available locally.

Provisional lecture list

  • Physics for Nuclear Medicine
  • Radiation Detectors
  • Radiation Protection in Nuclear Medicine
  • Radionuclide Production
  • Radiopharmaceuticals
  • Clinical Aspects of Nuclear Medicine
  • The Gamma Camera
  • Nuclear Medicine Imaging Techniques
  • SPECT Imaging
  • Iterative Reconstruction
  • Radiation Protection in Nuclear Medicine Therapy
  • Image Processing Techniques
  • Quality Control and Assessment of Gamma Cameras
  • Advances in Gamma Camera Technology
  • PET Physics and Instrumentation
  • Principles of CT imaging
  • PET Tracer Production and Molecular Targeting
  • Quantification and Kinetic Modelling in PET
  • Clinical Applications of PET/CT
  • PET in Radiotherapy
  • Advances in PET Technology
  • Introduction to the MIRD Schema
  • Quantitative Imaging
  • Applications of Internal Dosimetry
  • Radiobiology for MRT
  • Dosimetry in Emerging Clinical Therapies
  • Monte Carlo Techniques
  • Dosimetry Practical

Each lecture will be 45 minutes in duration.

Course fees

The cost of the course for 2019 is £665, with reduced rates of £525 for hospital and university staff, IPEM members, Part 2 and MSCSTP trainees, and £280 for students and Part 1 trainees (verification letter confirming student status from supervisor required). Applications from outside the UK are welcome. Delegates wishing to attend on particular days only, will be charged on a pro rata basis. The number of participants will be limited, so early booking is advised. The cost includes lunch, light refreshments, and lecture notes.

We can supply contact details of local hotels. Prices start at approximately £65 per night. We recommend early booking as the choice in Sutton is limited.

Related documents

Course Syllabus and provisional timetable 2019

Registration Form 2018 - 2019

Sutton site map (PDF)


Course Organiser: Dr Iain Murray

Course Administrator: Mrs L Sear