About this Program

Next Program in Fall 2024.  The increasing regulatory requirements for accreditation of facilities that offer nuclear medicine services including PET are driving an increased demand for medical physics support services. This hands-on workshop will focus on proper performance and QC testing of gamma cameras, SPECT and SPECT/CT units as wells as PET and PET/CT units. The University of Iowa has graciously allowed the use of their equipment and facilities to provide hands-on demonstrations of these testing procedures. The program will also include presentations on nuclear medicine facility accreditation, reviews of the equipment and testing procedures and techniques for lowering patient and technologist radiation doses from PET and PET/CT systems. Attendees are encouraged to participate in the testing and to share their experiences and questions on these units.




Educational Objectives

At the completion of this workshop, participants will understand:

  • The technology and imaging capabilities/limitations of PET scanners.
  • Performance/QC testing procedures for SPECT and SPECT/CT units.
  • Performance/QC testing and calibration procedures for PET and PET/CT units.
  • Applications and analysis of cardiac nuclear medicine procedures.
  • Performance/QC testing procedures for gamma cameras.
  • Techniques for lowering radiation dose from PET/CT units.



In-person and live webinar options

Day One

7:15 amRegistration and Coffee
8:00 amAccreditation of Nuclear Medicine Facilities (SAM) .
  • ACR, IAC and Joint Commission requirements
  • Role of the medical physicist
  • Physics CE requirements
9:00 amPerformance/QC Testing of Nuclear Medicine Imagers-
Part 1: Gamma Cameras (SAM)
  • Review of gamma camera instrumentation
  • Gamma camera specifications and NEMA tests
  • Overview of IAC, ACR tests
9:45 amPerformance/QC Testing of Nuclear Medicine Imagers-
Part 2: SPECT & SPECT/CT Units (SAM)
  • SPECT instruments and specifications
  • SPECT/CT instruments
  • ACR, IAC and Joint Commission tests
10:30 amInformal Discussion and Break
10:45 amReview of PET Principles and Instrumentation 
  • PET Physics
  • PET/CT Scanner Design
11:25 amPerformance/QC Testing of Nuclear Medicine Imagers-
Part 3: PET & PET/CT Units (SAM)
  • NEMA procedures (acceptance testing)
  • Intro to IAC and ACR PET imaging accreditation components
12:05 pmQuestions and Discussion with the faculty
12:15 pmLunch (provided)
12:45 pmLab Session 1
2:15 pmLab Session 2
3:45 pmInformal Discussion and Break
4:00 pmLab Session 3
5:30 pmQuestions and Discussion with Faculty
5:45 pmAdjourn for the day

Day Two`

7:15 amCoffee
7:45 amNew PET Technologies
  • Long axial field of view
  • SiPM
8:30 am

Radionuclide Therapy

  • Quantitative SPECT/CT
  • Dose calculation methods
  • Radiation protection
9:15 amInformal Discussion and Break
9:30 amLab Session 4
11:00 amLab Session 5
12:30 pmQuestions and Discussion
12:45 pmWorkshop Adjourned

Workshop Labs

Lab A2DPlanar Imaging 
Routine QC
NEMA Resolution/Registration
ACR Phantom Images
Collimator Evaluation
Lab B

SPECT/CT Calibrations & QC
Cardiac SPECT Specifics
SPECT Reconstruction
Quantitative SPECT Clinical Studies

Lab CRadionuclide Therapy 
Quantitative SPECT/CT for 90Y, 177Lu and 1311 Dosimetry
Phantoms for Recovery Coefficient Measurements
Overview of Dose Calculation Methods, including FDA-Cleared Softwares
Radiation Protection, Shielding Design and Release Criteria Consideration for Common Therapeutic Radiopharmaceuticals
Lab DPerformance/QC Testing of PET and PET/CT Units 
Daily QC
Periodic Calibration and Normalization Procedures
Absolute Calibration
ACR PET Image Quality Phantom
Lab E

Joint Commission PET Quality Control Testing 
Uniform  Phantom Testing
NEMA Imaging Quality Testing
CTN Oncology Phantom Testing
ACR Phantom Testing
Software Tools


Who should attend?

This workshop is for medical physicists and others looking for training on performing QA and acceptance testing procedures on Nuclear Medicine Equipment. Some more technically oriented and experienced nuclear medicine technologists and vender personnel may also find this workshop of value.


Accredited training programs


This program provides 13.42 hours of continuing education for medical physicists. The program has been approved by CAMPEP for Medical Physics Continuing Education Credit (MPCEC) for qualified medical physicists.

ASRT Category A Credit Information

ASRT Category A

This program provides 13.75 hour(s) of Category A continuing education credit for radiologic technologists approved by ASRT and recognized by the ARRT and various licensure states.  Category A credit is also recognized for CE credit in Canada.  You must attend the entire program to receive your certificate of completion.  


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Qualifying 'Early' registrations must be made at least 21 days in advance for the program.

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“Hands-On” Courses

Refunds, minus a $50 processing fee, will be granted for cancellations received prior to 10 days before the program. Cancellations received within 10 days of the program will receive a credit toward a future MTMI program, minus the $50 processing fee. No refunds will be made after the program starts. MTMI reserves the right to cancel any scheduled program because of low advance registration or other reasons. MTMI’s liability is limited to a refund of any program tuition paid. MTMI recommends that attendees use refundable airline tickets. In case of cancellation of a program for any reason, MTMI is not responsible for travel costs incurred by attendees including non-refundable airline tickets.