80 Hour 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.

The course features more than 40 expert lecturers from across nuclear cardiology, video-recorded presentations complete with slides, and delivered OnDemand to accommodate learner-driven pacing.

This new course is available as a standalone program. 


Member  Price (per individual)
Fellow $400
Physician $550
Non-member Price (per individual)
Fellow or Physician  
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Special packages have been created specifically for training programs as part of ASNC University.

Course Outline

The 80 Hour Course is 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).

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

The 80 Hour Course was developed by: