Didactic Definitions

NMTCB Definition of Didactic Requirements

All didactic requirements must be obtained via source approved by the NMTCB (organized course or continuing education activity sponsored by one of the organizations listed on our website).

Nuclear Medicine Instrumentation - Fundamental theory and practical application of mechanical and electrical devices used in nuclear medicine technology including but not limited to gamma cameras (planar and SPECT), positron emission tomography, radiation detectors and counters and dose measurement systems. Instrumentation includes theory, operation and quality control procedures, as well as the use of filters and equations in the processing of data. Instrumentation does not include acquisition, display or image evaluation in clinical or research procedures. Because of the integration of CT into SPECT/CT and PET/CT systems, up to 25% of this didactic requirement may be fulfilled by CT specific education.

Radiation Safety - Fundamental theory and practical application of radiation protection in the nuclear medicine workplace. Radiation safety includes the units of radioactivity, exposure, and dosimetry; the science and practice of safety techniques; and state and federal rules and regulations associated with the use of radioactive material. Because of the integration of CT into SPECT/CT and PET/CT systems, up to 25% of this didactic requirement may be fulfilled by CT specific education.

Radiopharmacy - Fundamental theory and practical application of radiopharmacy operations. Radiopharmacy includes the development, manufacture, preparation, dispensing, administration and application of a radioactive drug used for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes, as well as the rules and regulations pertaining to such activities.