Continuing Education Credit

2014 PET Review and Mock Exam

2014 PET Review and Mock Exam

Date: February 6-7, 2014

Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel
888 Tahquitz Canyon Way
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Telephone: 760.322.6000

Summary & Objectives:
The PET Review Workshop has been designed to assist nuclear medicine professionals develop the required level of understanding in PET and PET/CT in preparation for sitting for the NMTCB’s PET exam. The two day program—taking place at the 2014 Mid-Winter Meeting—will include comprehensive lectures covering the NMTCB’s content outline, and attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a mock exam. Please note: A copy of the PET Study Guide is included with your registration fee.

PET training for nuclear medicine technologists working outside the academic/research environment is limited to oncology imaging and is most often provided through applications and/or on-the-job training. Very few PET technologists perform cardiac or neurology studies and even fewer have had the opportunity to build a thorough understanding of PET technology. Technologists wishing to develop a comprehensive knowledge base for PET and PET/CT and demonstrate that knowledge by passing the NMTCB’s PET specialty exam must use limited resources including current peer-reviewed literature, clinical experience and continuing education programs to achieve that goal.

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Program objectives:
At the conclusion of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. List pharmaceuticals and radiopharmaceuticals used for routine PET and PET/CT imaging.
  2. Explain the required injection techniques and imaging protocols to optimize cardiac, neurology and oncology PET and PET/CT procedures.
  3. Describe factors affecting the biodistribution of PET radiopharmaceuticals.
  4. Summarize indications and contraindications for PET and PET/CT procedures.
  5. Compare available instrumentation for PET and PET/CT including selection of detector systems and theory of operation.
  6. Summarize the principles of PET/CT image fusion and registration.
  7. Specify data analysis techniques used in PET and PET/CT imaging.
  8. Identify imaging artifacts.
  9. Describe radiopharmaceutical principles and characteristics as they relate to the production of PET radiopharmaceuticals.
  10. List important safety techniques required when working in a PET or PET/CT suite.

Speaker Names:
Nancy M. Swanston, CNMT, RT(N), PET
Paul E. Christian, CNMT, BS, PET
Eric M. Rohren, MD, PhD