An overview of nuclear medicine imaging procedures

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2016.

All modules are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Duration: 01:00:00 Type: CPD modules Level: Students, Qualified Nurses


Peter Hogg, Director, Centre for Health Sciences Research, University of Salford, Salford, England.
Richard Lawson, Honorary professor, Department of Radiography, University of Salford, England.

Short description

Develop your knowledge of nuclear medicine imaging so that you are better able to explain what is involved to your patients.

Detailed description

Nuclear medicine imaging is not generally well understood by nurses who work outside this area. Consequently, nurses can find themselves unable to answer patients' questions about nuclear medicine imaging procedures or give them proper information before they attend for a test. This learning module aims to explain what is involved in some common diagnostic nuclear medicine imaging procedures so that nurses are able to discuss this with patients. It also addresses some common issues about radiation protection that nurses might encounter in their usual working routine. The module includes links to videos showing some typical nuclear medicine imaging procedures from a patient's point of view and links to an e-Learning for Healthcare online resource that provides detailed information for nurses.