CTE Sessions at EANM’17

EANM’17 – CTE Session I

October 22, 2017, 08:00 – 09:45
Quality Control and Protocol Standardisation – Tech Guide Launch

Chairpersons: S. Rep (Ljubljana), D. Gilmore (SNMMI, Boston)

C. Pestean (Cluj-Napoca):
Quality Control for PET Systems
D. M. York (SNMMI, Chattanooga):
Optimisation of PET-CT – Acquisition & Reconstruction
A. Socan (Ljubljana):
Radionuclide Dose Calibrator

Educational objectives:

  1. Basic understanding the principles of quality assurance and quality control of Nuclear Medicine instrumentation protocol standardization.
  2. Basic understanding the principles of optimization of acquisition and reconstruction procedure.
  3. Review the basic principles of a radionuclide dose calibrator.
  4. Describe the Quality Control tests of a radionuclide dose calibrator involved (Accuracy, Constancy, Linearity and Geometric) and their frequency of performance.


Quality control of the various instruments used in nuclear medicine, is part of the commitment covering the work of technologists. The attainment of high standards of efficiency and reliability in the nuclear medicine, as in other specialities based on advanced technology, requires an appropriate quality assurance and quality control programme. Hence, quality assurance and quality control in nuclear medicine should cover all aspects of clinical practice. Specifically, quality control is necessary in the submission of requests for procedures; imaging modalities planar gamma cameras, SPECT/CT and PET/CT, radiation protection of patients, preparation and dispensing of radiopharmaceuticals, quality control of dose calibrator, radiation hazards and accidents caused by faulty equipment; the scheduling of patients, methodology of the actual procedures, analysis and interpretation of data, optimization of acquisitions and the reconstruction of data, the keeping of record. A basic principle in the assurance and quality control of nuclear medicine instruments is that it should be undertaken as an integral part of the work of the nuclear medicine unit and by member of the unit staff themselves.

Key Words:

Nuclear medicine, quality control, quality assurance

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