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France Université Numerique

At the heart of medical radioactivity

Université de Nantes via France Université Numerique

Overview

About the course

After a brief introduction on the physical basis of radioactivity, the MOOC "at the heart of medical radioactivity", will present in different stages the interest of medical radioactivity, from the design of a radiopharmaceutical to its use in the patient. The public objective of this MOOC is to demonstrate the medical use of radioactivity and its modalities.

Format

This course lasts 6 weeks (including an introductory week) and is divided into 24 sequences. Each week 2 to 6 thematic sequences will be discussed. The sequences will be presented in the form of videos, and participants will have access to additional documents to better understand or deepen understanding of certain concepts. Participants will also have suggestions for additional lessons or videos to view (outside the FUN platform).

Syllabus

Course plan

  • Week 0 : Introduction to the MOOC
    • Ep#1: History of Nuclear Medicine
    • Ep#2: Medical use of ionizing radiation
  • Week 1 : What is Radioactivity?
    • Ep#1: Journey to the heart of matter
    • Ep#2: The Origins of Radioactivity
    • Ep#3: The Different Types of Radioactivity
    • Ep#4: Concepts in Radiobiology
  • Week 2 : Production of Radioactive Isotopes
    • Ep#1: Cyclotron production: The example of fluorine-18
    • Ep#2: Cyclotron production: The example of Astatine-211
    • Ep#3: The Neutron Reactor: Example of iodine-131 production
    • Ep#4: Generator production: Example of metastable Technetium-99
  • Week 3 : Radiopharmaceuticals: Definition and Mode of Action
    • Ep#1: What is a radiopharmaceutical?
    • Ep#2: How radiopharmaceuticals work: The concept of molecular targeting
    • Ep#3: Radiopharmaceuticals for diagnostic applications
    • Ep#4: Radiopharmaceuticals for Therapeutic Applications
  • Week 4 : Medical Applications
    • Ep#1: Patient pathway - Diagnostic tests in conventional nuclear medicine: an example of bone and myocardial scintigraphy
    • Ep#2: Patient pathway - Diagnostic Tests using Positron Emission Tomography: Example of FDG PET
    • Ep#3: Patient pathway - Therapeutic Applications: An Example of Iodine-131 radiotherapy
    • Ep#4: Contribution of nuclear medicine to personalized medicine
    • Ep#5: Contribution of Nuclear Medicine in the management of breast cancer
    • Ep#6: Use of ionizing radiation in external radiotherapy
  • Week 5 : Radioprotection
    • Ep#1: Radiation protection: Regulatory framework and theoretical data
    • Ep#2: Practical radiation protection
    • Ep#3: Perception of radioactivity, theoretical data
    • Ep#4: The hospitalization experience in a shielded room of patients with thyroid cancer treated with iodine-131

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