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Product Information - Nuclear Cardiology Technology Study Guide (VOICE)

Product Information - Nuclear Cardiology Technology Study Guide (VOICE)

Preparation for Certification Examination

Ann Marie Alessi, BS, CNMT, NCT, RT(N)
Mary Beth Farrell, MS, CNMT, NCT, FSNMT
Barbara J. Grabher, CNMT, RT(N), NCT
Mark C. Hyun, CNMT, NCT, RT(N)(R), FASNC
Sara G. Johnson, MBA, CNMT, RT(N), NCT
Peggy Squires, BS, CNMT, NCT

2010, 150pp, ISBN # 0-932004-83-0-4


The SNMMI-TS has reviewed and approved the NCT Study Guide for a maximum of 14.0 VOICE (Category A) credits.

All but one of the 15 chapters offer VOICE credit upon completing the chapter post-tests. An optimal mock exam is available for those who wish to practice for the examination or to test your knowledge of nuclear cardiology technology.

Note: The SNMMI-TS does not provide answer keys for educational products awarding VOICE (Category A) credit. 

If you are interested in purchasing this guide for participation only (no credit), please click here.

Developed by a team of leading nuclear cardiology technologists, the Nuclear Cardiology Technology Study Guide will enhance and reinforce your knowledge of cardiac anatomy, physiology, pathology, and electrophysiology as you prepare for the NMTCB’s nuclear cardiology specialty examination.

The content of the lecture series and this written study guide carefully follows the published content specifications of the NMTCB’s nuclear cardiology examination, and include basic ECG interpretation, stress test end points, exercise capacity and performance measures, as well as cardiac and emergent medications.

Learning Objectives

  • Define coronary anatomy and coronary artery distribution.
  • Relate conduction pathway to an electrocardiogram.
  • Describe normal and abnormal electrocardiograms, recognize life-threatening arrhythmias.
  • Correctly select the appropriate examination for the diagnosis of various cardiac anomalies.
  • List the radiopharmaceuticals and acquisition parameters for various non-MPI studies.
  • Identify myocardial PET radiopharmaceuticals and the indications for their use.
  • Name common cardiac medications used in the management of coronary artery disease.
  • Name myocardial disease states and indications for performing myocardial perfusion imaging.
  • Compare various myocardial perfusion imaging protocols and how they are used in clinical practice.
  • Describe methods used for processing myocardial SPECT images and how selection of processing parameters can affect the final image quality.
  • Identify motion artifacts and assess the appropriate corrective action needed.
  • Discuss camera system quality control procedures and frequency of performance.
  • Describe the radiopharmaceuticals used in myocardial imaging, their biodistribution, and methods of localization.
  • Recognize normal and abnormal physiologic responses to exercise stress.
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of the available pharmacologic stress agents, including contraindications, adverse effects, and medication interactions.
  • Review protocols for responding to complications and emergency situations.
  • Analyze the prognostic value and outcomes data for myocardial perfusion imaging.
  • Identify common artifacts in myocardial SPECT imaging.
  • Discuss how the interpreting physician integrates myocardial perfusion and functional quantitative analysis.
  • Review of cardiac anatomy, physiology, and pathologies and how they are assessed by nuclear cardiology techniques.
  • Review examination-taking skills to optimize benefits from study tools used during preparation.

VOICE: SNMMI-TS, through its Verification of Involvement In Continuing Education (VOICE) program, has approved the Nuclear Cardiology Technology Study Guide for a maximum of 14.0 continuing education hours (CEHs). VOICE-approved credit is recognized by most licensure states and by the NMTCB and ARRT (as Category A credit). Participants will receive credit for those chapters for which they complete a post-test and earn a minimum of 80% score.

Note: The SNMMI-TS does not provide answer keys for educational products awarding VOICE (Category A) credit. You will not be notified of which questions you answered incorrectly, or provided with the correct answers to those questions. Participants can only receive VOICE credit for this activity one time.

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