80 Hour Radionuclide Authorized User Training Course


The goal of the ASNC/SNMMI 80 Hour Radionuclide Authorized User Training Course is to train physicians who wish to become Authorized Users on the broad knowledge base necessary to meet the requirements of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission/Agreement States, to establish a quality-focused safety culture that benefits patients and to be able to effectively and safely diagnose and risk stratify patients in imaging and localization studies.

The 80 Hour Radionuclide Authorized User Training Course is available as an add-on to the ASNC University base plan. 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.

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).


This chart shows the pricing for ASNC University along with the discounted $375 rate for the 80 Hour Course (the standard rate is $400 for fellows).

Course Outline


Section 1: Radiation Protection and Safe Radioisotope Handling (27 hours)

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

Section 2: Radiation Physics and Instrumentation (24 hours)

  • 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 (9 Hours)

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

Section 4: Radiation Biology (10 Hours)

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

Section 5: Nuclear Medicine Mathematics and Statistics (10 Hours)

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