E2557. Know Your Tools: Bootcamp for the Radiology Resident Rotating in Nuclear Medicine
  1. Karoly Viragh; Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
  2. Chiayi Ni; Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
Nuclear medicine is an important part of training for radiology residents. Yet, residents often feel at a loss when rotating in the nuclear medicine department due to lack of familiarity with the basic imaging equipment and its quality control, as well as the highly regulated management of radiopharmaceuticals and radiation safety. The goal of this educational exhibit is to fill this void by providing a simplified guide to the nuclear medicine department, with focus on highly tested concepts through board examination-style questions.

Educational Goals / Teaching Points
This exhibit provides a practical review of the structure, organization, equipment, and related regulation, quality control and management principles in a nuclear medicine department at a clinically-oriented community-hospital.

Key Anatomic/Physiologic Issues and Imaging Findings/Techniques
The presentation begins with a general overview of the structure and organization of a nuclear medicine department, including the basic functions (reception, imaging rooms, hot labs, package-reception, etc.) Then, the “tools” of the department will be reviewed with relevant regulations and quality control, including imaging equipment (single probe counter, gamma camera, SPECT, PET), ancillary equipment (dose calibrator, well counter), radiophamaceutical management and, finally, radiation safety management (safety, monitoring, and reporting). Each topic will be introduced by a board examination-style question to help both trainees prepare and radiologists review for their MOC examinations.

An integrated, simplified review of the basic structure, organization, and tools of the nuclear medicine department will improve residents’ educational experience in nuclear imaging.