Share on:

Radiology, Nuclear Medicine (Minnesota)


Students are assigned to the nuclear medicine service at Mayo Clinic under the supervision of one or more staff nuclear medicine physicians. This service provides a wide range of nuclear medicine diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for both hospital and ambulatory patients. Diagnostic tests include nuclear cardiology and bone mineral density measurements, as well as general nuclear medicine imaging. Therapy procedures include uses of Iodine-131, Phosphorus-32 and Strontium-89. Students have the opportunity to observe and gain experience with many of these procedures in a variety of clinical settings.

Specific goals


  1. Become familiar with the variety of clinical nuclear medicine tests available.
  2. Learn how these tests are applied to patients.

Activity outline

Students spend the first week taking rotations through each nuclear medicine area. They spend the first day in general nuclear medicine, the second day in the nuclear cardiology laboratory, the third day in an inpatient setting, the fourth day in radiopharmacy, and the fifth day in various outpatient imaging rooms.

During the second week, students spend the entire week in the outpatient setting abstracting charts and discussing clinical tests. In the third week, they are in the nuclear cardiology area on rotation with one of the cardiologists. They help with exercise tests, the interpretation of exercise ECGs, and with reviewing and reading nuclear cardiology studies.

During week four, students are at Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, where they not only review the nuclear medicine studies being performed, but have an opportunity to observe the ultrasound, CT and angiography studies being performed in the hospital's imaging center.

In addition to the above schedule, students are expected to attend department conferences (Monday through Friday, noon to 1 p.m., and Tuesdays and Thursdays 4 - 5 p.m.). Students also are expected to read Essentials of Nuclear Medicine Imaging, Third Edition, by Mettler and Guiberteau.

Method of evaluation

Evaluation is based on students' interest and attendance during the elective. The evaluation is discussed with students at the end of the elective.

  • ART554284