PET/CT has revolutionized medical diagnosis in many fields by adding the precision of anatomic localization to functional imaging, which was previously lacking from pure PET imaging.
It is a medical imaging technique that allows for the functional imaging obtained by PET, which depicts the spatial distribution of metabolic or biochemical activity in the body, to be more precisely aligned or correlated with anatomic imaging obtained by CT scanning. Two- and three-dimensional image reconstruction following a procedure may be rendered as a function of a common software and control system of the PET/CT system.
Purpose of the Program
The intent of the certificate in PET/CT is to provide a mechanism for nuclear medicine technologists to demonstrate knowledge and competence in the field of PET/CT, to promote standards of excellence within this clinical area, and to identify those who have met a nationally recognized standard.
The following is an overview of the PET/CT Certificate program. For detailed information, download the PET/CT Handbook.
There are two components of the PET/CT Certificate program: didactic and clinical*.
*The clinical component is available to registered candidates only.
The didactic component consists of:
- CT Imaging 1
- Sectional Anatomy 1*
- Sectional Anatomy 2*
- PET Theory and Clinical Applications for PET/CT
*CT Imaging 2 and CT Imaging 3 meet this requirement. Other courses, taken within the past 5 years, may be considered equivalent. Contact email@example.com.
To be eligible to use these courses toward the PET/CT Certificate program, 75% or higher is required on the final examination for each course in order to have them applied to the certificate.
The clinical component is a practicum that requires the candidate to:
- Practice in PET/CT under the supervision of a clinical advisor
- Practice in PET/CT for at least 400 hours in a 15-month time block within the established 5-year timeframe; and
- Complete a Summary of Clinical Competence (SCC).
SCCs that are deemed incomplete are subject to a $50 resubmission fee.
The clinical component requires the candidate to identify a Clinical Advisor.
The clinical advisor must:
- Be a medical radiation technologist with a CAMRT PET/CT credential OR a nuclear medicine technologist with a minimum of three years’ experience in the practice of PET/CT OR a radiologist/nuclear medicine physician
- Not be currently registered in either CTIC (NM) or PET/CT Certificate Programs
- Co-ordinate and/or perform the assessment on the candidate for procedures/associated competencies
- Verify that others delegated to assess the candidate are credentialed and competent in their practice.
Candidates in the PET/CT Certificate program must complete both the didactic and clinical components within a five-year timeframe. This timeframe begins on the date of successful completion of the first course used toward the PET/CT Certificate program.
Candidates who successfully complete the didactic and clinical components as per the PET/CT Certificate program requirements receive a PET/CT Certificate and can use the credential “PET/CT”.
The Committee strongly advocates for continued competence through continuing professional development.
Certificate Program Handbook
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