UB Undergraduate Catalog 2006-2007: Nuclear Medicine Technology

Nuclear Medicine Technology

Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences

School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
105 Parker Hall
South Campus
Buffalo, NY 14214-3007

Phone: 716.838.5889, ext. 115
Fax: 716.838.4918
Web: nucmed.buffalo.edu/nmt/

Paul Kostyniak
Chair

Elpida Crawford
Program Director

About the Program

The Nuclear Medicine Technology program (BS) is offered by the Department of Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Sciences and is supported in part by the Department of Nuclear Medicine, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Please direct inquiries to Elpida Crawford.

Nuclear medicine technology is a health-related profession concerned with use of radioactive materials for diagnostic, therapeutic, and research purposes. Nuclear medicine is one of the diagnostic imaging modalities. Although the scope of nuclear medicine technology is not limited to organ imaging, that is one of the major aspects of the work. It is a highly technical profession with a lot of patient interaction. The nuclear medicine technologist works very closely with the nuclear medicine physician. There is a big demand for well-trained nuclear medicine technologists. Jobs are available in hospitals, outpatient facilities and clinics, commercial equipment companies, and commercial radiopharmacies.

The Nuclear Medicine Technology program prepares students for entry-level positions as staff technologists. Each student receives a solid foundation in all nuclear medicine procedures. Students who complete the program are eligible to take national certification examinations in nuclear medicine technology.

Acceptance Information

Freshman Admission Policy. Students who enter the university as declared nuclear medicine technology majors are admitted into the program on a conditional basis. In the second semester of the sophomore year and by February 15, conditionally accepted students must submit a Promotion to Professional Program Request Form to have their academic records reviewed. Students are allowed to register for upper division nuclear medicine technology professional sequence courses if they (1) are making satisfactory progress towards the completion of all lower division math and science prerequisite courses, (2) attain a grade of C or better in all required math and science prerequisite courses completed at that time, and (3) attain a minimum math and science prerequisite GPA of 3.0.

General Admission. Students accepted into nuclear medicine technology as freshmen who do not meet the three conditions listed above, as well as students wishing to change their major, are considered for placement in the program through the regular admission process. All students with a minimum prerequisite course GPA of 2.5 are encouraged to apply. Applications are available in 105 Parker Hall, South Campus or by calling the program office at (716)-838-5889, ext. 115.

All students must complete all required prerequisite courses prior to the fall semester in which they start taking upper division NMT professional sequence courses.

Advisement

Students interested in nuclear medicine technology are encouraged to contact the program director early in their undergraduate career. It is strongly recommended that students visit a clinical nuclear medicine department prior to applying to the program.

Transfer Policy

Transfer students must be accepted by the university and meet the program admission criteria. Prerequisite courses taken at another school must be equivalent in content. Questions regarding prerequisite course equivalency should be directed to the program director.

Transfer applicants must complete their university application (which includes sending official transcripts of the fall semester work) prior to January 15.

Notable Program Features

The Nuclear Medicine Technology program utilizes the following sites for clinical training experience:

Buffalo Cardiology and Pulmonary Associates
Buffalo Medical Group
Erie County Medical Center
Kaleida Health's Buffalo General Hospital, Women's and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, and Millard Fillmore Hospitals
Kenmore Mercy Hospital
Lockport Memorial Hospital
Mercy Hospital
Merhige's Cardiology Clinic
Mount Saint Mary's Hospital
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
St. Joseph Hospital
Sisters of Charity Hospital
VA Western New York Healthcare System
Williamsville Medical Imaging, PC

The Department of Nuclear Medicine, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, operates the Central Radiopharmaceutical Service, which provides radiopharmaceuticals to more than twenty-five nuclear medicine departments in the greater Buffalo area. This facility, located off campus on Aero Drive, is where program students obtain practical experience in radiopharmacy.

The university's Department of Nuclear Medicine also operates a positron emission tomography (PET) center together with the VA Western New York Healthcare System. PET, a unique aspect of nuclear medicine, is used for both research and diagnostic clinical studies. The PET center includes a large cyclotron facility for the production of PET radiopharmaceuticals located in Parker Hall, and three PET scanners: one at the VA, one at Millard Fillmore Hospital, and one at a medical office in Amherst. Two cardiology offices in Buffalo with PET scanners are also affiliated NMT program clinical training sites.

Nuclear Medicine Technology - B.S.

Acceptance Criteria

Applications to the program should be made before February 15 in the sophomore year. A minimum GPA of 2.0 overall and a minimum GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite science and mathematics courses is necessary for consideration for admission into the program. Every applicant who completes the prerequisite courses prior to admission and has the minimum GPA is invited for an interview. Selection is based on GPA and information gathered through the interview process. Decisions regarding acceptance are made prior to the end of the spring semester.

Prerequisite Courses

BIO 200 Evolutionary Biology
BIO 201 Cell Biology
CHE 101 General Chemistry
CHE 102 General Chemistry
CSE 101 Computers: A General Introduction
NMD 113 Human Anatomy (or ANA 113 Anatomy)
PGY 300 Human Physiology
PHY 101/PHY 151 College Physics I/Lab
STA 119 Statistical Methods (may substitute PSY 207 Psychological Statistics)

Required Courses

NMD 305 Immunology For NMT
NMD 321 Basic Radiation Science
NMD 324 Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation
NMD 325 Radiation Safety for NMT
NMD 327 Radiobiology for NMT
NMD 340 Patient Care and Management in NMT
NMD 399 InVivo Studies I
NMD 400 InVivo Studies II
NMD 401 InVivo Studies III
NMD 415 Radionuclide Therapy
NMD 416 Departmental Management for NMT
NMD 425 Clinical Conference A
NMD 426 Clinical Conference B
NMD 451 Radiopharmacy
NMD 496 Clinical Rotation (repeatable for credit)

Summary
Total required credit hours for the major: 95.5

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Recommended Sequence of Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR
Fall BIO 200, CHE 101
Spring BIO 201, CHE 102, CSE 101

SECOND YEAR
Fall NMD 113 (or ANA 113), PHY 101, PHY 151; CHE 201 (recommended), NMD 210 (recommended)
Spring PGY 300, STA 119 (may substitute PSY 207); CHE 202 (recommended)

THIRD YEAR
Fall NMD 305, NMD 321, NMD 325, NMD 327, NMD 399
Spring NMD 324, NMD 340, NMD 400, NMD 451

FOURTH YEAR
Fall NMD 401, NMD 425, NMD 496
Spring NMD 415, NMD 416, NMD 426, NMD 496

Course Descriptions

NMD 113 Human Anatomy

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Examines the structure and function of organ systems in the human body. Introduces relevant medical terminology.

NMD 210 Introduction to NMT

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  CHE 101
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM/LAB

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Explores applications of nuclear medicine career opportunities and current topics within the NMT field. Includes visits to clinical sites, the NMT Program facilities on the South Campus and the University Central Radiopharmaceutical Service facility.

NMD 305 Immunology for NMT

Credits:  1
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  junior standing in nuclear medicine technology or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Reviews basic immunology terminology and principles, including innate versus acquired immunity, antigens, immunogenicity, structural and biological properties of antibodies, antigen-antibody reactions, and tumor immunology.

NMD 321 Basic Radiation Science

Credits:  4
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  junior standing in nuclear medicine technology
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB/REC

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Studies basic radiation physics, including atomic structure, radioactivity, properties of ionizing radiation, interaction with matter, and principles of basic radiation detection devices.

NMD 324 Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation

Credits:  4
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  NMD 321 and NMD 325, junior standing in nuclear medicine technology
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/LAB/REC

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Examines operating principles of basic and advanced radiation measuring and imaging devices, including sodium-iodide crystal detectors and PET Scanners.

NMD 325 Radiation Safety for NMT

Credits:  2
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  junior standing in nuclear medicine technology or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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Covers basic radiation safety for nuclear medicine, including history, license requirements, time/distance shielding, posting, personnel monitoring, required survey records, and misadministration prevention.

NMD 327 Radiobiology for NMT

Credits:  2
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  junior standing in nuclear medicine technology or permission of instructor
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Emphasizes human radiobiology. Explores factors influencing radiation effects, tissue-sensitivity tolerance, and clinical applications.

NMD 340 Patient Care and Management in NMT

Credits:  3
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  None
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Reviews the basic hospital organization, medical records, and patient-care skills required in nuclear medicine.

NMD 399 InVivo Studies I

Credits:  3
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  Junior standing in nuclear medicine technology
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Involves clinical procedures of the following organ systems � skeletal, respiratory, gastro-intestinal, genitourinary, and endocrine. Focuses on indications, technical aspects, and the technologist's responsibilities.

NMD 400 InVivo Studies II

Credits:  3 \ 1
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  NMD 385
Corequisites:  NMD 324
Type:  LEC/LAB

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Involves radionuclide procedures of the central nervous system and the heart. Focuses on indications, technical aspects, and the technologist's responsibilities.

NMD 401 InVivo Studies III

Credits:  2
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  Senior standing in nuclear medicine technology
Corequisites:  NMD 425 and NMD 496
Type:  LEC

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Covers tumor imaging procedures, infrequently performed procedures, and positron emission tomography (PET) studies. Focuses on indications, technical aspects, and the technologist's responsibilities.

NMD 415 Radionuclide Therapy

Credits:  .8
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  Senior standing in nuclear medicine technology
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC

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Covers indications and procedures for all routine approved radionuclide therapies, as well as radiation exposure/protection for the general public from patients receiving these therapies.

NMD 416 Departmental Management for NMT

Credits:  .8
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  Senior standing in nuclear medicine technology
Corequisites:  NMD 322 and NMD 425
Type:  LEC

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Helps students understand the roles and responsibilities of supervising technologists. Topics covered include quality assurance, JCAHO inspection, billing management, staff supervision, informed consent, liability, and malpractice.

NMD 425 Clinical Conference A

Credits:  2
Semester: F
Prerequisites:  senior standing in nuclear medicine technology
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Reviews case studies and journal articles, and demonstrates and discusses topics related to the in-vivo studies courses and to Clinical Rotations. Requires oral presentations.

NMD 426 Clinical Conference B

Credits:  2
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  senior standing in nuclear medicine technology
Corequisites:  None
Type:  SEM

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Reviews case studies and journal articles, and demonstrates and discusses topics related to the in-vivo studies courses and to Clinical Rotations. Requires oral presentations.

NMD 451 Radiopharmacy

Credits:  2
Semester: Sp
Prerequisites:  junior standing in nuclear medicine technology
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LEC/REC

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Explores the design, production, quality control, and mechanism of radiopharmaceutical localization.

NMD 496 Clinical Rotation

Credits:  12
Semester: F Sp
Prerequisites:  senior standing in nuclear medicine technology
Corequisites:  None
Type:  LAB

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The content of this course is variable and therefore it is repeatable for credit. The University Grade Repeat Policy does not apply.

Provides practical experience in various clinical facilities; including static, dynamic, SPECT and PET imaging; in vivo functions studies; instrument operation-gamma cameras and probe devices; health physics, radiopharmaceutical preparation, nuclear cardiology and computerized data systems.

 

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