FRM9240 – Introduction to Positron Emission Tomography (PET) radiopharmaceuticals and medical imaging

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Course content

The course will provide a broad overview medical imaging with emphasis on positron emission tomography and diagnostic pharmaceuticals used in the field of imaging.

Learning outcome

After completing the course you will have knowledge about :

  • Principals of the commonly used medical imaging modalites with emphasis on PET and computettomography (CT), MRI, SPECT and ultrasound.
  • Clinical use of the modalites
  • Contrast agents (radoopharmaceuticals and non-radioactive radoopharmaceuticals) used within the modalities
  • Quality control og radoopharmaceuticals and regulation
  • Principals for development of radiopharmaceuticals
  • Production of PET radioisotopes and PET radiopharmaceuticaks
  • Therapheutical use of radiopharmaceuticals (Teranostics)
  • Familiarize yourself with scientific material and convey your knowledge in oral form


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

A 5-year masterdegree in a relevant topic.


  • 25 hours of lectures and demonstrations
  • 5 hours of group exercises
  • give a mini seminar on a given topic (20-30 minutes)

Participation in demonstrations, group exercises and give a mini seminar is mandatory.


Oral examination.

Admittance to examination requires approved participation in demonstrations and group exercises, and passed mini seminar.

Examination support material

As of 1 August, 2016, the use of own calculators is no longer permitted. Casio FX-991EX calculators are handed out to all exam candidates at the beginning of the exam.

Language of examination

Norwegian (English on demand).

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)