Current Applications in Hybrid Imaging Practice

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

This course is offered at Masters level and is delivered at our Glenside Campus.

Course content includes:

  • SPECT/CT Equipment Including Safe Working Practice:
    • An introduction to imaging equipment commonly used with a hybrid imaging environment (including ancillary equipment)
    • Common image acquisition and processing techniques
    • Factors affecting image quality with consideration as to strategies designed to limit/rectify such occurrences
    • Common applications of hybrid imaging technique, with linkage to relevant legislation
    • SPECT/CT room design to incorporate safety considerations.
  • PET/CT Equipment Including Safe Working Practice:
    • As above but considering PET/CT as opposed to SPECT/CT.
  • Fundamental Imaging Parameters within the Hybrid Environment:
    • Fundamental acquisition parameters in hybrid imaging
    • Fundamental utilisation of Computed Tomography within the hybrid imaging environment
    • Radiation protection implications to be considered when performing a CT scan within the hybrid imaging environment, including compliance with current legislation
    • Fundamentals of CT multi-planar reconstruction
    • An introduction to the major components of a modern CT scanner
    • The development of fundamental quality control tests
    • Principle of SPECT/CT imaging as applied to cardiac, neurology and oncology imaging.
  • Impact of Hybrid Imaging on Patient Management:
    • Care of the patient within the hybrid imaging environment including appropriate preparation and dosimetry considerations
    • Clinical value of hybrid imaging within current patient pathways
    • Clinical indications / applications for the use of SPECT/CT
    • Current national hybrid imaging guidelines and Government strategies
    • The future integration of hybrid imaging systems within radiotherapy practice
    • Further establishment of multidisciplinary roles within a hybrid imaging environment.
  • Emerging Technology:
    • Justification and current thinking related to the use of Computed Tomography within the hybrid environment
    • Justification and current thinking related to the use of resolution recovery within the hybrid environment
    • The future production of radiopharmaceutical tracers required for hybrid Imaging Practice
    • An introduction to PET/MR, developing an appreciation of its current position in clinical practice and the growing knowledge base surrounding the clinical applications of the modality.


Scheduled learning will include up to 30 hours engaged with lectures, seminars, tutorials, discussion board entries, project supervision and work based learning. Independent learning will include up to 120 hours engaged with essential reading, case study preparation, presentation development, presentation construction and personal reflection on learning

Additional student centred learning guided by tutorials and discussion will include evaluation and discussion of current working practices and consideration as to the future role of the Nuclear Medicine Practitioner.

Please note: Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector please contact your employer, who will advise you.

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