Radionuclide Authorized User Training Course

The new online ASNC/SNMMI 80 Hour Authorized User Training Course is designed to provide nuclear medicine physicians with the knowledge needed to establish a culture of safety and quality in their practice. The course will fulfill the 80 hours of classroom training that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Agreement States require for physicians to become authorized users of radioisotopes for imaging and localization studies.

SNMMI members, access this great new course—featuring 93 modules of video and slide presentations as well as board-exam-style self-assessment quizzes, all of which are organized into five sections: (1) radiation protection and safe radioisotope handling; (2) physics and instrumentation; (3) radiochemistry and radiopharmaceuticals; (4) radiation biology; and (5) nuclear medicine mathematics and statistics.—via the ASNC website.

Course Outline

Section 1: Radiation Protection and Safe Radioisotope Handling

  • Regulatory Requirements
  • Forms of Radiation
  • Radiation Units
  • Radiation Protection

Section 2: Physics and Instrumentation

  • SPECT and Planar Nuclear Imaging – Gamma Cameras
  • SPECT and Planar Nuclear Imaging – Data Corrections
  • SPECT and Planar Nuclear Imaging – Tomographic Imaging
  • SPECT and Planar Nuclear Imaging – Quality Control
  • PET Imaging – PET Cameras
  • Dedicated PET and PET/CT Imaging – Tomographic Imaging
  • PET Imaging – Quality Control
  • Image Post Processing
  • Tracer Kinetics
  • Clinical Optimization of Radiopharmaceutical Dosing
  • Application of Technology for Radiation Reduction
  •  Other Clinical Applications of Planar, SPECT and PET Imaging: Image Acquisition and Processing

Section 3: Radiochemistry and Radiopharmaceuticals

  • Managing a Hot Lab
  • Radionuclide Production and Radiopharmaceuticals
  •  Quality Control of Radiopharmaceutical Production Kits

Section 4: Radiation Biology

  • Radiation Biology Overview
  • Radiation Injury, Cell and Organ Responses
  •  Risk Models, Exposure Limits, Deterministic and Stochastic Effects

Section 5: Nuclear Medicine Mathematics and Statistics

  • Measuring Radioactive Decay
  • Shielding Calculations
  • Mathematics of Imaging
  • Mathematics of Radioactivity


To Purchase the Course

  1. Create a non-member account with ASNC. Be sure to select non-member from the dropdown menu.  
  2. Visit the ASNC Education Site and click "login" to purchase the course.
  3. Enter the SNMMI promo code to receive the $400 member rate.
    1. Physician Promo Code: 
    2. Resident Promo Code: 
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The course has been designed to meet the requirements of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Agreement States on the didactic portion of the Training and Experience Requirements (US NRC 10 CFR 35.290).