PET-CT Essentials

PET CT banner revThis PET–CT Essentials course has been designed to ensure on-the-go learning for you and your team, to make sure you are confident, accurate and safe when carrying out your day-to-day role in PET–CT. 

This course is essential for all members of nuclear medicine, imaging and oncology teams including radiographers, radiologists, physicians, oncologists, physicists, technicians, technologists and others. 

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About the course

  • Three hours of video divided into digestible sessions, with test questions throughout and an assessment at the end, awarding a CPD certificate
  • Content includes illustrations, animations, live action, and recorded interviews, with narration providing clear explanation at every step
  • Stop and start as you wish with up to one year to complete the course
  • Written by some of the UK’s foremost PET-CT professionals working in clinical settings, peer reviewed, and with contributions from leading experts
  • Uses proven educational techniques to make it engaging and memorable
  • Relevant to the practical needs of busy professionals.

This course provides 3 CPD credits in accordance with the CPD Scheme of The Royal College of Radiologists, and has been approved for professional accreditation by the College of Radiographers until June 2027.


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Course sections

An introduction to PET–CT
The basics of the PET–CT equipment to aid understanding in day-to-day practice. It will also cover radionuclides, radiopharmaceuticals and their uses, radiopharmacy and generators, as well as FDG mechanism of action and other non-FDG radiopharmaceuticals. Finally, this section will go over the acquisition of PET data from positron emission through to annihilation, LORs, coincidences and image reconstruction.

The PET–CT patient journey – preparation
Learn the aspects of performing a PET–CT scan that are related to the patient, focussing on the use of 18F-FDG since this is used in the majority of PET–CT examinations. It will cover some of the common clinical indications, contraindications and the importance of the preparation of the patient for the examination.

The PET–CT patient journey – scanning
The important things to consider when setting up and performing a PET–CT scan, including radiation implications for both staff and the patient, along with the effects on the resulting images of poor setup technique or parameter selection.

PET–CT: Radiation protection
An overview of radiation protection as applied to PET–CT imaging, focusing on the practical steps that need to be taken to keep patients, staff and visitors safe, in compliance with the relevant legislation. Topics covered include departmental infrastructure and controlled areas, roles and responsibilities of staff, drawing up injections, waste disposal and the concepts of time distance and shielding.

PET–CT: The clinician’s perspective
PET as part of molecular imaging, focusing primarily on 18F-FDG PET–CT but also looking at other molecular tracers which are commonly used for PET imaging in current practice. Clinical examples of normal biodistribution of 18F-FDG are covered, along with some examples of why patient preparation is so important particularly in specific cases such as diabetes, brain and cardiac imaging.

Future Directions
A summary of what has been covered in the course before delving into the current developments and possible future directions of PET and molecular imaging as a whole.

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What people say

"The quality of the course is really good and a great way to introduce PET-CT to new staff".
Dimitri Lots, Radiographer and Clinical Educator, Nuclear Medicine Department, Leeds Teaching Hospital

"Very useful for trainees who have a basic understanding of the physics, and would like to know more about clinical applications and practical aspects of PET­-CT”.
Cherry Sit, Radiology Registrar, Guy's and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

Very easy to navigate, very well presented, narrated and great content. Very appealing and engaging. Great value and should be widely used. I would recommend to all staff who are starting to work in PET–CT”.
Mariana Pinto, Chief PET Technologist, Belfast Trust.

A very impressive learning course. It flows well and I enjoyed the mixture of illustrations, videos and expert interviews”.
Conor Ferris, Clinical Scientist, Belfast Trust.



Standard rate: £89.99

BIR member rate: £75.99

Prices are for a 12 month licence to view video content and complete the test. Course transcript, user notes and CPD certificate can be downloaded and kept indefinitely.


Course Contributors

Course Directors
Michele Whiteside (Advanced Practitioner Radiographer PET-CT and Nuclear Medicine, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust), Stefan Voo (Nuclear Medicine Physician, Institute of Nuclear Medicine, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Biomedical Research Centre, NIHR, University College Hospital, London) and Heather Williams MBE (Consultant Medical Physicist and Nuclear Medicine Group Leader, The Christie).

Expert Panel
Andre Nunes (Strategy Lead/Service Manager, Paul Strickland Scanner Centre & Nuclear Medicine and Chief Technologist/Lead Clinical Practitioner, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation NHS Trust), Daniel McGowan (Consultant Clinical Scientist, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) and Shaunak Navalkissoor (Consultant Nuclear Medicine Physician, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust).

Editorial Advisors
Cherry Sit (Cherry Sit, Radiology Registrar, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust) and Dimitri Lots (Radiographer and Clinical Educator, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust).

Gopi Gnanasegaran (Consultant Nuclear Medicine Physician, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust), Manil Subesinghe (Clinical Lecturer in PET imaging and Honorary Consultant Radiologist, King's College London & Guy's and St. Thomas' PET Centre), Amy Eccles (Consultant Radionuclide Radiologist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust), Lucy Hossen (Head of Nuclear Medicine Physics, Royal Brompton Hospital), Jess Williams (Operational Superintendent Nuclear Medicine, UCLH), Rayjanah Allie (General Manager Nuclear Medicine, UCLH) and Darren Walls (Deputy Superintendent Nuclear Medicine, UCLH).


Course price: £79.99
BIR members: £59.99

Prices are for a 12 month licence to view video content and complete the test. The course transcript, user notes and CPD certificate can be downloaded and kept indefinitely.


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