The course intended for the senior students persuing a bachelor of science in nursing. It focuses on the parasites of medical importance to humans. This includes diagnosis, treatment, prevention, and epidemiology.
This course introduces the student to basic concepts in nuclear medicine. It is intended for medical laboratory science students in their third year of study. It can also serve as an elective course for students majoring in a science or health-related course.
Introduction to radioactive decay mechanisms. Includes radiation spectra, detectors, gas filled solid-state scintillations and detectors. Thyroid uptake of radioactive iodine and other radioisotope tests of renal function, vitamin B12 absorption. The effect of radiation on the cell and mammalian tissues will be studied. Exposure to Geiger Muller counter, radiation dosimeters, film badges, ionization chamber, safe laboratory practice and care of radioisotope patients. There will be three-hour lectures a week.
EXPECTED LEARNING OUTCOMES
At the end of this course, the students will be able to
Discuss the medical uses of ionizing radiation.
Describe the types of radioactive decay mechanisms.
Explain the decay mechanisms of unstable radionuclides.
Explain the properties of diagnostic and therapeutic radionuclides.
Describe the application of short- and long-lived radionuclides in medical imaging, research and therapy.
Outline the importance of dosimeters in control of radiation.
Explain iron metabolism and thyroid uptake of radioactive iodine.
Name the various radioisotope tests.
Describe the schilling test for vitamin B12 absorption.
Explain the effect of radiation on the mammalian cell and tissue.
Discuss safe laboratory practice in radioisotope setting.