About Nuclear Medicine:
Nuclear medicine is a unique branch of medicine that offers both diagnostic and therapeutic services for various indications. It involves the administration of very small amounts of unsealed radiopharmaceuticals (radiotracers) to study the function of various organs systems and in the diagnosis and follow-up of cancer patients. Radiopharmaceuticals are also used to treat various disease conditions.
About the department:
At present, the department has three qualified nuclear medicine physicians on the faculty and 3 well-trained technical personnel.
The department has one technical supervisor and three technical assistant posts.
Technical Assistants: Ms. Agnes Angeline G, Mr. Srikanth S and Mr. Gopinath R.
About 4,500 scans and procedures are performed annually.
Performance of the department in the FY 2013-14
One SPECT-CT (Symbia T6) and Symbia.net workstation
One thyroid uptake probe and single well-counter (Biodex)
One automated ten well scintillation counter (PerkinElmer Wizard2), One automated five well scintillation counter (PerkinElmer) and One Liquid scintillation counter (PerkinElmer)
Gamma ray Spectrometer (Nucleonix)
Ancillary equipments/instruments: Isotope calibrator, Fume hood, survey meters, contamination meters, biosafety cabinet, incubator, water bath shaker and a table top centrifuge machine.
The department offers two full-time academic courses.
B.Sc. (Nuclear medicine technology) :
Duration: 3 years (1st year: Anatomy, Physiology and Biochemistry are taught in addition to Radiation Physics.; 4 semesters in the next 2 years: Radiopharmacy, Nuclear medicine instrumentation, In-vitro methods, Radiation biology, and Radiation safety. They are given excellent hands-on training in nuclear medicine procedures and quality control of equipments and radiopharmaceuticals.
Optional one year Internship is offered after completing the course. Currently, there are three interns: Mr. Jonathan, Ms. Nasira, Ms. Rajalakshmi
First batch: 2012-13
Number of seats per year: 4
Mode of admission: Through JIPMER B.Sc Allied Medical Sciences Entrance Examination
Facilities and Learning: The students are encouraged to actively take part in seminars and discussions. They are trained to conduct all nuclear medicine procedures.
Evaluation: Written and oral examinations every 6 months.
Two batches of B.Sc students have successfully passed out.
List of students presently on the roll:
3rd year: Karunakaran B, Krishnapriya D, Pavithra Devi S, Vianey Abraham
2nd year: Arepalli Joshi Rakesh, Joycie S, Swathi Astha
1st year: Ameer Suhail E P, Jyoti Mishra, Muhammad Junaid, Suman Manohar
MD (Nuclear Medicine):
Duration: 3 years
First batch: 2013-14
Number of seats per year: Beginning 2015: Three per year - one in January session and two in July session. (Two per year during 2013-14 and 2014-15 batches)
Mode of admission: Through All-India JIPMER PG Entrance Examination held every 6 months.
Learning: The department has three well-trained and experienced nuclear medicine physicians on the faculty. Lectures, seminar, journal club, inter-departmental meet and case presentations are conducted regularly. Students are encouraged to actively take part in research projects. Each candidate has to take up a research project and the completed dissertation should be submitted in the third year.
Facilities: The department has a state-of-the-art SPECT-CT (6-slice diagnostic quality CT). About 400 to 450 scans and procedures are performed every month. State-of-the-art thyroid uptake probe cum well-counter is a new addition. Some of the therapeutic procedures done are radio-iodine therapy for thyrotoxicosis, Samarium-153 therapy for bone pain palliation and radiation synovectomy. Thyroid probe and a single well counter, and two automated gamma counter are installed. Isolation wards for radionuclide therapy, a dual head gamma camera and PET/CT are in the pipeline.
Evaluation: Internal: written and oral examinations every 6 months.
Final examination: At the end of 3 years.
List of candidates who have passed:
2013 batch: Dr. Peethamber L, Dr. K Sreenivasa Reddy
On the roll:
2014 batch: Dr. Naveen Kumar, Dr. Sarath Kumar
2015 January batch: Dr. Meivel PA
2016 January batch: Dr. Mangu S Bharadwaj
2016 June batch: Dr. Kilambi Yeseshvi, Dr. Geetanjali Reddy
2017 January batch: Dr. R. Vishnu Kumar
Senior Residency (SR) programme:
The department provides excellent opportunities for research and learning for postgraduate nuclear medicine physicians. At present, there are 6 seats.