39864 - Nuclear Medicine Physics

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Academic Year 2019/2020

Learning outcomes

Student will learn:

  1. Bases of Nuclear Medicine and metabolic imaging

  2. Radioactive decay types and law and how to perform simple decay calculations.

  3. Principles and use of the 99Mo/99mTc generator.

  4. Principles and use of the radionuclide activity calibrator.

Course contents

  1. Introduction to Nuclear Medicine. Atomic structure: Rutherford model; nucleons and electrons. Massa and atomic number. Isotopes. Nuclides symbols.

  2. Radioactivity: alfa, beta and beta+, IT decay. X fluorescence and Auger electrons.

  3. Law of radioactive decay. Parent-daughter decay. Exercises.

  4. Radiation interaction with matter. Range and relative hazard of beta an alpha particles. Photons interactions.

  5. 99Mo/99mTc generator: characterises and use.

  6. Radionuclide calibrators: principles and use.


Duccio Volterrani · Paola Anna Erba · Giuliano Mariani (a cura di): Fondamenti di medicina nucleare Tecniche e applicazioni - Springer-Verlag Italia S.r.l.

ISBN 978-88-470-1684-2
The teacher will provide the slides which - integrated with notes taken following the lessons - can replace the text.

Teaching methods

Lectures with presentation of slides (all the slides are available in English as well)

Assessment methods

Oral examination, with exercises and/or multiple choice questionnaires

Teaching tools

  1. Lectures with presentation of slides (all the slides are available in English as well)

  2. Exercises with simple calculation using a scietific calculator and/or spreadsheets

  3. Guided visits to Laboratories in the S.Orsola – Malpighi University Hospital

Office hours

See the website of Giuseppe Baldazzi