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.
NEW January 2021, CT Imaging 1 Prior Learning and Recognition
Starting Winter 2021, candidates may be eligible for Prior Learning and Recognition (PLAR) for CAMRT’s CT Imaging 1 course. The following criteria has been established to determine eligibility:
- Graduated from a Canadian accredited radiological technology or nuclear medicine program, April 2018 or later and whose applicable courses have been reviewed and approved by the CAMRT.
- Graduated from the accredited education program within the last 3 years.
- Provide evidence, via official transcripts, of an overall 75% average (or greater) in all relevant didactic courses.
- Pay a non-refundable $75 prior learning assessment and recognition fee.
Approval of the prior learning assessment and recognition for CT Imaging 1* will trigger the candidate’s CTIC 5-year timeline. This program start date will be automatically defaulted to the closest CAMRT exam date (May or November).
* or upon completion of any of the other CAMRT CT Imaging courses (whichever occurs first).
Applications will be accepted online in the CAMRT CPD Catalogue.
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The didactic component consists of:
- CT Imaging 1 (prerequisite for clinical component)
- CT Anatomy Exam (not applicable for candidates who have successfully completed CT 2 or CT 3 prior to January 2021)
- CT Imaging 2
- CT Imaging 3
- PET Theory and Clinical Applications for PET/CT
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.
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It is the candidate’s responsibility to identify a clinical advisor and to find a suitable clinical setting for the clinical component of this program.
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 PET/CT program has been revised due to changes made to the entry to practice requirements and to ensure the programs continue to reflect current and emerging practice. The revisions will ensure this certificate program continues to provide MRTs an opportunity to enhance their knowledge and gain recognition for their clinical expertise in PET CT Imaging.
Please see this page for detailed information.
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 five (5) years’ experience in the practice of PET/CT OR a radiologist/nuclear medicine physician
- 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.
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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