Radionuclide Calibrator

Specialism: Radiation

Skill Level: Advanced Level

Delivery Method: e-Learning

Duration: 1 days

Course Status: Available

Price: Free

Course description

This two-day e-learning course has been designed to support the effective use of radionuclide calibrators in a clinical setting. It teaches learners the right skills and strategies to use when operating them, and provides a methodological approach when implementing quality assurance tasks and identifying sources of uncertainty.


Course objectives:

  • To maximise the accuracy of activity measurements in hospitals, leading to better outcomes for patients.
  • To help meet nuclear medicine competencies, and thus comply with regulations.
  • To improve quality assurance processes, leading to increased confidence in radionuclide calibrator performance.
  • To improve assessment of processes and outcomes, through enhanced understanding of measurement uncertainty.

Who is it for?

  • Medical physicists working in nuclear medicine.
  • Nuclear medicine technologists and practitioners.
  • Trainees on the NHS PTP or STP training programmes.
  • Radiopharmacists.
  • Those working in radiopharmacies.

Further Information

Certificate Type: NPL Certificate of Completion
Available as open course: Yes
Available as in-house course: Yes

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Learning outcomes

  • Understand the operation of a radionuclide calibrator and its constituent parts.
  • Understand the term calibration factor.
  • Explain the factors affecting the response of an ionisation chamber.
  • Use the specifications of a range of radionuclide calibrators to recommend the most appropriate in a given situation.
  • Understand the importance of traceability to activity measurement.
  • Understand the calibration of secondary standard radionuclide calibrators against primary standards, and field instruments against reference instruments.
  • Use a range of strategies to derive calibration factors and dial settings, taking into account the geometries of source and chamber.
  • Use copper filters appropriately in the measurement of beta-emitters and low-energy gamma emitters.
  • Be able to perform a range of acceptance and Quality Assurance tests, including linearity, repeatability and accuracy.
  • Identify the main sources of uncertainty in radionuclide calibrator measurements.
  • Evaluate measurement uncertainty in a given situation for a radionuclide calibrator.

Date(s) of next course

Available at any time


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