Info on Free Online Courses in Nuclear Medicine
Continuing medical education (CME) credits in nuclear medicine are not commonly offered in free courses. Students interested in earning CME credits are required to pay a fee. The following free online courses are self-directed, meaning there is no interaction with other students or instructors.
Free Online Courses in Nuclear Medicine
Consultants in Nuclear Medicine
- Clinically Useful Radionuclides introduces nuclear medicine technologists to the commercially available radionuclides used to ensure that the correct isotope is chosen and the right safety precautions are followed when doing a scan. Students learn the decay scheme and decay mode of various radioisotopes, such as chromium-51 and fluorine-18. At the end of the tutorial, students should know the name of each radioisotope's production method.
- ICANL and ACR Accreditation Tutorial students learn how the accreditation of nuclear medicine departments works. They study the process used by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commisson (IAC), also known as the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Nuclear Laboratories (ICANL), and the American College of Cardiology (ACR). Students review the similarities and differences between them in areas such as cost, personnel requirements, quality control and protocols. Tables are used to assist in the comparison. A multiple-choice quiz, without the answers provided, is available for those who want to take it.
- Half-lives: physical, biological and effective looks at the three types of half-lives, the math relationship linking them and the one half-life that figures most prominently when measuring doses of radiation. The tutorial also examines three special cases, as well as analyzing a decay curve and using it to determine an isotope's half-life. This lesson features a quiz, without answers, at the end.
- Radiopharmaceuticals in Nuclear Medicine students can learn about methods used to produce medical isotopes and commercially used isotopes. They also learn how radiopharmaceuticals are defined, as well as the difference between the terms radiochemical and radiopharmaceutical. The tutorial also discusses the properties of the perfect therapeutic and diagnostic radiopharmaceutical, and injectable drugs. Regulatory issues are looked at, as well. This course includes diagrams, pop quizzes, tables and a final quiz.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
- Noninvasive Imaging in Biology and Medicine examines non-invasive imaging techniques, such as optical imaging, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging), PET/ SPECT (single photon-emission tomography), CT (computed tomography) and x-ray. The course also looks at molecular imaging. Topics, such as radiation interaction with matter, nuclear imaging tracers, nuclear imaging cameras and detectors, and principles of SPECT and PET, are covered in assigned readings, though students have to obtain the books themselves. Assignments are also provided, though the solutions are not.
- Imaging in Medicine looks at different imaging techniques, including MRI, CT, ultrasound (sonography) and x-rays. The various modules in the course look at each of these imaging techniques individually. For example, in the radionuclide imaging module, students learn how a calculated dose of a radioactive substance is injected into the patient. They also learn how the radioactive substance is made to target a specific tissue type or organ and how the emitted radiation is detected by a camera. This course includes text, videos with transcripts, questions, with the answers supplied, figures and pictures.
University of New Mexico
- Evolution of PET Radiochemistry: Synthesis and Clinical Application of Radiopharmaceuticals is presented in text format and focuses on how PET was developed and how radiopharmaceuticals are used in conjunction with PET. Students learn about the molecular imaging principle and the synthesis of various radiotracers. New PET radiopharmaceuticals are also looked at. This tutorial includes a reference list, as well a various figures and tables. Six assessment questions are available for consideration when the course is completed, though the answers are not supplied.
- Mechanisms of Radiopharmaceutical Localization includes figures and references throughout the course, and assessment questions are at the end of the course. It may be of interest to nuclear pharmacists and professionals working in nuclear medicine. Topics investigated include passive diffusion, filtration, secretion, capillary blockade, ion exchange and chemisorption.
- Practical Aspects of Labeling DTPA- and DOTA-Peptides with 90Y, 111In, 177Lu and 68Ga for Peptide-Receptor Scintigraphy and Peptide-Receptor Radionuclide Therapy in Preclinical and Clinical Applications is a course for nuclear medicine professionals and nuclear pharmacists. References and figures are used, and test questions, without the answers, are available at the end of the course. Topics discussed include radiolabeled DOTA- (1,4,7,10-tetraazacyclododecane-1,4,7,10-tetraacetic acid) and DTPA (Diethylenetriaminepentaacetic acid)-peptides applications, quality control, contaminants' effects on radiolabeling, 67Ga (gallium) and 68Ga radiolabeling of DOTA-peptides and waste management.