About the Resource

The purpose of this website is to provide Nuclear Medicine students, technologists, and allied health professionals with a free and interactive medium for broadening their understanding of Nuclear Cardiology principles and practices. We explore the history of Nuclear Cardiology, the basics of structure, function, and physiology; cardiovascular disease and its development; diagnostic and prognostic tools; methods of management and treatment; nuclear imaging techniques; and a tutorial in tomographic nuclear imaging with examples of actual normal and abnormal exams. The Medications chapter is a little dated, but I will leave it as is.

Nuclear Cardiology Seminars are divided into lessons. Seven lessons are divided into chapters, with self-test reviews at the conclusion. The medium we are using is interactive, so links to websites containing more detailed information may appear throughout the presentation. We encourage the reader to follow these links to obtain multiple points of view or to connect with information provided by vendors and manufacturers whenever necessary.

This project is the culmination of 37 years of compilation. In the year 2000, I was asked to teach didactic Nuclear Cardiology to the students of Rhode Island Hospital’s School of Nuclear Medicine. I learned that no teaching materials would be provided by the school. I had two textbooks from the mid-’70s and an old dogeared registry review guide. After having completed instruction with seven classes of students, the amount of material had grown to the point where digital media afforded the most sensible method of presentation. I took the initiative to publish the work online at the same time I was relieved of my teaching position. I wanted to fill the void for technologists and students who needed a refresher course on cardiac imaging principles.

This site is in a state of ongoing development. If you have used this website and find it helpful, share it with your colleagues, students, and friends. The favor of feedback is requested: my email address is on the contact page. This is purely an education-oriented resource and contains information from many sources. Artwork appearing in this website has been borrowed from many sources and credited wherever possible.

 

 A Health-Oriented Perspective

I would like to interject my personal opinions here. I have had a lifelong commitment to health. Although I have been a health care professional most of my adult life, I am not beholden to the industry.  I believe as individuals we are all responsible for maintaining our own good health.  Diagnostic imaging is an important tool modern health care practitioners use to evaluate the presence or progression of disease. It is a sad fact that for many, chronic disease is self-inflicted. Centuries of conditioning gives the populace the message that it is the responsibility of someone or something outside oneself to make one healthy. Do not hand your power over to the pharmaceutical industry, the insurance industry, or the AMA in the expectation of health, restored  health, or maintained health.  That said, my profession does good things for millions of people and I hope you or someone you care about benefits from my work.

 

About the Editor

LN2013

I have recently retired from Nuclear Medicine Technology. I am a Class of 1980 graduate of Yale-New Haven Hospital’s School of Diagnostic Radiology with an Associate’s Degree in Nuclear Medicine Technology. For 20 years I was the Saturday lead Nuclear Cardiovascular Technologist at Rhode Island Hospital. I worked part-time for Yale New Haven Health at Cardiology Associates in Norwich CT, a position held from June 2008 to May 2017. I was the cardiac nuclear medicine didactic instructor for 7 consecutive classes of Nuclear Medicine Technology students at RIH (2000 – 2006). I am the sole proprietor of Nott Marketing Services, a website design and maintenance company out of Northeastern Connecticut.

– Lorraine T. Nott
Dayville, Connecticut