UW Radiology

PET / CT Nuclear Medicine

The University of Washington has a one-year PET/CT Fellowship program with emphasis in cancer imaging. Please contact nmadmin@uw.edu for additional information and application packet.

The Nuclear Medicine Division at the University of Washington was established in 1962 and has had a postdoctoral training program since its inception. It is part of the Department of Radiology within the School of Medicine.

Started in July 2006, the Nuclear Medicine – PET/CT Fellowship program is designed to be a one-year clinical training program, typically July 1 – June 30th following the UW academic year.

A second year advanced PET/CT Fellowship started in July 2012. It is an optional fellowship training program in hybrid imaging for those wishing to continue to advance their knowledge base, emphasizing either PET/CT or SPECT/CT training across oncologic, neurologic and cardiac applications. Second year fellowship program availability is contingent on performance during the first fellowship year as well as fellow interest and program needs.

Both the PET/CT (1st year) and Hybrid Imaging Fellowship (2nd year) are Non-ACGME accredited programs. Fellows meeting eligibility requirements may be considered as Senior Fellows/Acting Instructors.

The PET/CT fellowship program allows Nuclear Medicine specialists to gain extensive specialty training in hybrid imaging (PET/CT and SPECT/CT imaging), an area of imaging that has rapidly expanded over the past few years. Emphasis is on cancer imaging. The UW Division of Nuclear Medicine has been a leader in developing these areas of imaging for which there is a real deficit of trained providers. The training consists of interpretation of the more complex PET/CT and now SPECT/CT scans, development/review of clinical protocols, and selection of protocols for patients. All activities are under the supervision of expert faculty members. This fellowship program also consists of one-on-one instruction by faculty and attendance of state-of-the-art lectures designed to teach hybrid imaging. Research opportunities are also provided. Fellowship responsibilities include teaching basic nuclear medicine and PET imaging to nuclear medicine residents, radiology residents, and medical students rotating on the nuclear medicine service.

The optional second year (non-ACGME) fellowship training is for those wishing to continue to advance their knowledge base by interpreting more complex imaging cases. This advanced hybrid imaging fellowship position emphasizes either PET/CT or SPECT/CT training across oncologic, neurologic and cardiac applications. Second year fellowship program availability is contingent on performance during the first fellowship year as well as fellow interest and program needs.

 

PET/CT Fellowship Program Outline – Year One

PET/CT

  • Interpretation of simple SPECT/CT cases
  • Principles of Positron Emission Tomography
  • Normal Findings at FDG PET/CT and Artifacts
  • Introduction to Clinical Applications of FDG PET/CT

 

SPECT/CT

  • The physics of SPECT
  • The physics of CT
  • Integrated SPECT/CT Architecture
  • Review of commercially available SPECT radiopharmaceuticals
  • SPECT/CT imaging: Establishing scanning protocols
  • Applications of SPECT/CT

Hybrid Imaging Fellowship Program Outline – Year 2

 

PET/CT

  • Quantification in PET
  • Fluorodeoxyglucose-PET in Characterizing Solitary Pulmonary Nodules, Assessing Pleural Diseases, and the Initial Staging, Restaging, Therapy Planning, and Monitoring Response of Lung Cancer
  • PET Imaging for Differentiating Recurrent Brain Tumor from Radiation Necrosis
  • The Role of PET Imaging in the Management of Patients with Dementia and Epilepsy
  • PET In Cardiology
  • Monitoring Response to Treatment in Patients Utilizing PET
  • PET Imaging of Cellular Proliferation
  • Imaging Hypoxia in Tumors

 

SPECT/CT

  • Advanced SPECT/CT imaging: Using attenuation-corrected images for absolute radiotracer uptake quantitation
  • Complex applications of SPECT/CT

 

Joint arrangements with other departments for coordinated training may be available.

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