Course Number and Title: NMT 296 Clinical Internship II
NMT 202, NMT 211, NMT 223
This course provides intermediate level clinical application in the field of nuclear medicine. Administration, clinical procedures, equipment operations, and health physics are mastered through supervised hands-on experience.
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- Evaluate and demonstrate the ability to perform all in-vivo and in-vitro nuclear medicine procedures under the direct supervision of a certified technologist. (CCC 2, 3; PGC 1)
- Evaluate and prepare the patient prior to commencing a procedure. (CCC 1, 2, 3; PGC 1, 3, 4, 6)
- Assess, interpret, and apply principles of radiation physics using Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and state regulations in the practice of radiation safety. (CCC 2, 4: PGC 1)
- Develop, assay, and administer radiopharmaceuticals and pharmaceuticals employing sterile techniques. (CCC 2, 6: PGC 1)
- Evaluate and practice all quality control and quality assurance procedures on instrumentation prior to a patient’s study. (PGC 1, 2)
- Develop competency in designated assigned techniques and computer analysis. (CCC 3; PGC 1, 2)
- Develop, compose, and analyze research data. (CCC 1, 2, 3, 4, 5; PGC 3, 4)
See Core Curriculum Competencies and Program Graduate Competencies at the end of the syllabus. CCPOs are linked to every competency they develop.
Upon completion of this course, the student will:
- Evaluate and demonstrate the ability to perform all in-vivo and in-vitro nuclear medicine procedures under the direct supervision of a certified technologist.
- Differentiate between gross and microscopic anatomy and the relationship among cellular, organ, and tissue physiology.
- Identify and choose the correct anatomical organs and structures for procedural positions.
- Identify surface landmarks on the body.
- Select the appropriate patient positioning for all exam views to correlate with the initial suspected pathology.
- Select the correct label, and develop patient films for each procedure.
- Evaluate each study for technical mistakes encompassing additional images, and repeat images when necessary.
- Select and administer the radiopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical to the patient.
- Assemble all patient films, paperwork, and billing for presentation to the assigned instructor and/or physician.
- Evaluate and prepare the patient prior to commencing a procedure.
- Demonstrate the proper methods for moving and handling the patient during a procedure.
- Demonstrate proper verbal and nonverbal language before, during, and after the patient procedure.
- Determine the following vital signs: temperature, respiration, pulse and blood pressure, and tend to the patient’s progress throughout the procedure.
- Employ emergency procedures when the patient is in distress.
- Prepare each patient for the proper IV technique.
- Assess, interpret, and apply principles of radiation physics using Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and state regulations in the practice of radiation safety.
- Demonstrate wearing whole-body and thermoluminescence dosimeters at all times in clinical restricted and non-restricted areas.
- Use appropriate procedural protection techniques to keep radiation exposure to the patient, public, occupational workers, and oneself as low as reasonably achievable (ALARA).
- Analyze, practice, and apply all facets of the department’s NRC and state radiation licensing requirements and/or restrictions that apply to:
- Decontamination and storage
- Disposal of radioactivity
- Records of radioactive use
- Develop, assay, and administer radiopharmaceuticals and pharmaceuticals employing sterile techniques.
- Demonstrate the correct procedure for the elution of a 99Mo/99mTc generator.
- Assay the eluate in the dose calibrator, and record results in the proper radiopharmaceutical log and/or computer.
- Determine the concentration of the eluate, and adjust volume to correlate with daily patient schedule.
- Demonstrate the proper preparation of each required radiopharmaceutical kit.
- Assay each radiopharmaceutical kit and/or unit dose in the dose calibrator.
- Evaluate and practice all quality control and quality assurance procedures on instrumentation prior to a patient’s study.
- Define and perform uniformity floods, bar phantoms, sensitivity checks, center of rotation (COR), CHI squares, and full width at half maximum (FWHM) on each scintillation detector.
- Evaluate each quality control result.
- Describe NRC and state instrumentation regulations.
- Develop competency in designated assigned techniques and computer analysis.
- Identify and choose the correct patient.
- Analyze and verify the doctor’s orders.
- Examine paperwork completed, and assess if the paperwork is properly completed.
- Practice time, distance, and shielding.
- Assist the patient in all their needs.
- Enter the patient’s name and information into the computer.
- Modify the camera settings to correctly peak for the procedural isotope.
- Select the correct procedural protocol, and enter all pertinent information into the computer.
- Prepare the patient correctly before beginning the procedure (empty bladder, sign consent form, start IV, etc.)
- Prepare and inject the patient properly, and return radiopharmaceuticals to the hot lab.
- Determine if all appropriate views are taken correctly for the particular study and patient case.
- Determine if the camera is aligned for each view (body contour, correct SPECT ellipse, etc.)
- Arrange and display images on film/paper correctly.
- Label images correctly for all views and times.
- Arrange and file the images in the patient’s chart.
- Develop, compose, and analyze research data.
- Describe methods for evaluating research data.
- Differentiate and apply sensitivity and specificity statistical equations.
- Analyze, discuss, and list the factors relating to instrumentation, patient demographics, and pathologies.
- Devise supervised research.
- Write an abstract based on research data.
Students must demonstrate proficiency on all CCPOs at a minimal 75 percent level to successfully complete the course. The grade will be determined using the Delaware Tech grading system:
Students should refer to the Student Handbook for information on the Academic Standing Policy, the Academic Integrity Policy, Student Rights and Responsibilities, and other policies relevant to their academic progress.
- Apply clear and effective communication skills.
- Use critical thinking to solve problems.
- Collaborate to achieve a common goal.
- Demonstrate professional and ethical conduct.
- Use information literacy for effective vocational and/or academic research.
- Apply quantitative reasoning and/or scientific inquiry to solve practical problems.
- Integrate principles of theoretical knowledge and demonstrate entry-level skills pertaining to nuclear medicine in-vivo and in-vitro procedures, radiation safety, quality control, quality assurance, NRC regulations, patient care, radiopharmaceutical preparation and administration, instrumentation and medical informatics.
- Perform all entry-level procedural computer analysis.
- Exhibit critical thinking and problem solving skills during the practice of nuclear medicine.
- Abide by the profession’s code of ethics as stated in the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) and Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Boards (NMTCB).
- Competently perform all in-vivo and in-vitro procedures.
- Exhibit verbal, nonverbal, and written communication skills during patient care, research, and professional scope of practice.
The College is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with the campus Disabilities Support Counselor to request an accommodation needed due to a disability. A listing of campus Disabilities Support Counselors and contact information can be found at the disabilities services web page or visit the campus Advising Center.