Non-Imaging Radionuclide Tests (SPE151)

Work-based learning outcomes

  1. Perform and interpret measurements on equipment for non-imaging diagnostic tests, for example uncollimated gamma cameras, intra-operative gamma probes, uptake counters, gamma spectrometers, manual and automatic beta and gamma sample counters, and whole body counters This should include associated equipment such as balances, centrifuges and pipettes
  2. Ensure that all equipment used is calibrated and fit for purpose
  3. Advise on the acquisition and processing of data, including set-up and calibration of equipment
  4. Contribute to the analysis and clinical interpretation and reporting of results
Number Work-based learning outcome Title Knowledge
1 1

Make comprehensive quantitative performance measurements on non- imaging equipment

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2 1

Plan and perform commissioning tests on beta and gamma counters and gamma spectrometers

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3 1,2

Critically review quality assurance programmes for the equipment used for non-imaging diagnostic tests

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4 1,3

Instigate appropriate corrective action based on an evaluation of test results

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5 3

Choose appropriate tissue – equivalent phantoms for quantitative in-vivo uptake measurements

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6 2

Develop and critically evaluate the optimal acquisition and processing of data

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7 2

Write standard operating procedures (SOPs) for non-imaging tests

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8 1,4

Participate in a range of non- imaging in-vivo and in-vitro tests

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9 4

Generate results and assist in the interpretation of diagnostic tests, including the use of reference ranges

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10 4

Explain the cause and effect of a range of artefacts, and of equipment performance limitations and patient- related factors on the interpretation of results

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11 3

Advise on the clinical appropriateness of non-imaging diagnostic tests

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12 2

Perform clinical audit of non-imaging diagnostic nuclear medicine

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You must complete
1 Case-based discussion(s)
1 of the following DOPS / OCEs
Assessment Title Type
Draw up injection under aseptic conditions (need not be for clinical use), and can be simulated radioactive material according to local procedures DOPS
Calculate activity required at certain time using decay tables and specific activity - include knowledge of local diagnostic reference level for activity and investigation DOPS
Process blood samples for counting in GFR test, RCM and PV - use of centrifuge, pipettes, sample tubes DOPS
Perform quality control procedures on intra- operative probe DOPS
Perform quality control procedures on sample counter. DOPS
Carry out counting and processing of SeHCAT patient or other non-imaging test - local procedures to be followed DOPS
Manual calculation to check result produced by spread-sheet for a non-imaging test DOPS
Case study (with follow-up) of patient undergoing SeHCAT test - identify patient and IRMER roles; check patient preparation; explain procedure; give capsule according to local procedure; OCE
Case study (with follow-up) of patient undergoing (Red Cell Mass and Plasma Volume if possible) test - identify patient and IRMER roles; check patient preparation; explain procedure to patient; prepare radioactive injection(s) according to local procedure; OCE
Case study of patient undergoing Sentinel node procedure for breast / melanoma etc - identify patient and IRMER roles; explain procedure to patient; OCE
Discuss sentinel node procedures with theatre staff. OCE
Observe sentinel node procedures in theatre OCE