Graduate School of Medical Sciences
A partnership with the Sloan Kettering Institute

Physics in Nuclear Medicine

Credits: 4.0
Course Director: Sadek Nehmeh PhD
Other Instructors: Nikolaos Karakatsanis PhD, Edward Fung PhD

Course Description

The course is designed to introduce students to the theory and applications of the physics of nuclear medicine, and make them familiar with the techniques that are used in current clinical practice and research applications. It will involve lectures on theory and hands on training using PET and SPECT scanners at the Citigroup Biomedical Imaging Center and Weill Cornell Imaging at New York Presbyterian Hospital on our campus.

Course Objectives

This course will provide students with a working knowledge of imaging techniques used in nuclear medicine by developing the underlying physics and engineering principles related to the following topics:
1. Interaction of radiation with matter
2. Radioactive decay
3. Radiation detectors instrumentation and operation
4. Nuclear Counting Statistics
5. PET and SPECT instrumentation and imaging
6. PET and SPECT performance measurements

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