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Last modified: 20 Jun 2019 12:35

Course Overview

You will gain hands-on experience of a modern gamma camera during the practical. Departmental visits allow access to state-of-the-art imaging systems and radioisotope production facilities. Lectures are delivered by experienced clinical staff and leading academics. They reflect current best clinical practice and provide content around research methods and analysis techniques. This ensures the course remains current and reflects the full range of applications of the technique.  It provides an overview of career possibilities in medical imaging applications of radiation and provides a knowledge base to make informed choices around future careers or study.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Foresterhill Sustained Study No
  • Professor Andy Welch

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either MSc Medical Physics (Studied) or MSc Medical Imaging (Studied)
  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?


Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

Covers the whole field of Nuclear Medicine, including PET. Starts with the physics of instrumentation from radiation detectors to gamma cameras, and PET images. Considers the use of this equipment in clinical practice and the measurement of performance for quality control. The interpretation of nuclear medicine images and their role in clinical practice is considered together with the application of data processing techniques.

Further Information & Notes

Restricted to students taking one of the two BMP PgT programmes.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Field Course during University week29
  • 2 Lectures during University weeks 25 - 29, 31, 34
  • 1 Lecture during University week30
  • 4 Lectures during University week32
  • 3 Lectures during University week33
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 28 - 30, 29, 29 - 30, 30, 30, 31
  • 1 Practical during University weeks 30, 31
  • 1 Workshop during University weeks 25 - 27, 29 - 31, 33 - 34

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1 90 minute written examination (66.67%); continuous assessment (33.33%).

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Under normal circumstances all coursework is marked and returned to the students (with feedback) within two weeks of submission.

Course Learning Outcomes


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