PET/CT Certificate (PET/CT)

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.

Program Overview

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.

NEW January 2021, CT Imaging 1 Prior Learning and Recognition

Didactic Component

Clinical Component
Program Updates

Internationally educated medical radiation technologists (IEMRTs)

Documentation required from IEMRTs*:

  • Notarized copy of diploma /degree/certificate from entry-level education program.
  • Original letter from entry-level education program verifying length of program to include both didactic and clinical components.
  • IEMRT Attestation Letter

*Required documentation not received within 30 days of program registration will result in a program cancellation/partial refund.
CAMRT strongly recommends candidates obtain required documentation prior to program registration and send by courier within the required timeframe.
Candidates may only begin working on the Summary of Clinical Competence upon approval of received documentation from CAMRT.

Clinical Advisor

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 and/or a nuclear medicine technologist with a minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the practice of PET/CT *
  • Be currently practicing in PET/CT
  • Not be currently registered in any of the CAMRT CT Certificate Programs
  • Identify others delegated to assess the candidate and ensure they are credentialed and competent in their practice
  • Perform the assessment on the candidate for all procedures/associated competencies or delegate the assessment to another credentialed technologist
  • Attest to the overall competency of the candidate by signing at the end of each module

*If this is not possible, please contact CAMRT.

Documentation requirements for Clinical Advisors outside of Canada:

The following must be submitted within 30 days of program registration*:

*Required documentation not received within 30 days of program registration will result in a program cancellation/partial refund.
**Including those who have the PET/CT credential.
CAMRT strongly recommends candidates obtain required documentation prior to program registration and send by courier within the required timeframe.
Candidates may only begin working on the Summary of Clinical Competence upon approval of received documentation from CAMRT.

Timeframes

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.

Credential

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

For more information on this Certificate Program: specialtycertificates@camrt.ca.

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