20756 - Imaging Diagnostics and Radiotherapy (LZ-B)

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Academic Year 2018/2019

Learning outcomes

The course includes lectures on Radiology, Radiotherapy and Nuclear Medicine. The aim of the course in to enable the students to become confident with the clinical indications of the various imaging and therapeutic procedures. In particular, the course aims to provide knowledge on how to choose the most appropriate technique in radiology (conventional, vascular and intervnetional radiology, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, ultrasound). Regarding radiotherapy , students are expected to learn the basic priniples of the effects of yhe radiotion in biology , their use for treatment in oncology and in specific non-neoplastic conditions as well as the most relevant applications (brachitherapy, transdermal radiotherapy, the use of CT for radiotherapy planning, the integration with other diagnostic procedures, such as PET, MRI, to optimize treatment efficacy reducing toxicity).
Nuclear Medicine lectures aim to provide knowledge on the potential utility of functional imaging (scontigrafy, SPECT, PET/TC) and their clinical applications and additional value in the diagnostic work-up.
Students are expected to acquire knowledge  on how to choose the most appropriate radiological procedure to answer the diagnostc query, optimizing the cost/benefit ratio in order to reduce the number of inappropriate procedures with related toxicity and costs. Moreover, students will be aware of the need of a multidisciplinary approach for an optimal  managment of the oncological patient that is addressed to radiotherapy and of the criteria to choose the most appropriate nucleare medicine procedure and their additional value with respect to conventional imaging modalities.

Course contents

BASIC NUCLEAR MEDICINE NOTIONS:
- Basic physics and radiopharmacy notions
- Pros and Cons of nuclear medicine procedures as compared to other imaging techniques
Scintigraphy
- bone scintigrahy
- renal scintigraphy
- thyroid scintigraphy
- adrenal scintigraphy
- lung scintigraphy
SPECT
myocardical SPECT
brain SPECT
PET/TC
- imaging with 18F-FDG tracers
- imaging with non 18F-FDG tracers

Basic principles of radionuclide therapy

Readings/Bibliography

R. Passariello, G. Simonetti - Compendio di radiologia per studenti e medici di medicina nucleare - Idelson Gnocchi - Napoli, 2002
G. Cittadini - Diagnostica per immagini e radioterapia - ECIG - Genova, 2003
N. Monetti, S. Fanti, E. Lopci - Compendio di Medicina Nucleare - Bologna, 2013
Taylor, Schuster, Alazraki - Medicina Nucleare - Edizioni Minerva Medica

Teaching methods

Oral lectures and clinical cases discussion.

Assessment methods

Oral examination

Teaching tools

Power point presentation.

Office hours

See the website of Stefano Fanti