At the heart of medical radioactivity
date_range Starts on February 25, 2019
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assignment Level : Introductive
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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.

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Consumer Scientific MOOC: There are no mandatory prerequisites to using and understanding this MOOC. Nevertheless, a high school level of scientific understanding will make it easier to understand some technical concepts discussed in the courses, especially in the advanced levels of knowledge presented.



  • 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


Caroline Bodet-Milin
Caroline Bodet-Milin is a physician in the nuclear medicine department of the University Hospital of Nantes and on the PETSCAN platform of IRCNA. She is also a senior lecturer in biophysics-nuclear medicine and a researcher in the nuclear oncology group of INSERM UMR 1232 unit, and studies radioimmunotherapy and phenotypic imaging in nuclear medicine.

Mickaël Bourgeois
Mickaël Bourgeois is a radiopharmacist at Nantes University Hospital and the ARRONAX cyclotron. He is also a lecturer in biophysics and a researcher in the nuclear oncology group of the INSERM UMR 1232 unit, and studies radioimmunotherapy and phenotypic imaging in nuclear medicine.


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Université de Nantes

The University of Nantes (French: Université de Nantes) is a French university, located in the city of Nantes. In addition to the several campuses scattered in the city of Nantes, there are two satellite campuses located respectively in Saint-Nazaire and La Roche-sur-Yon. Currently, the University is attended by approximately 34,500 students. More than 10% of them are international students coming from 110 countries.

The University of Nantes was ranked between 600-650th in the QS World University Rankings of 2013. On a national scale and regarding the professional insertion after graduation, the University of Nantes oscillates between the ranks 3rd and 40th out of 69 universities depending on the field of studies. On overall, the university is ranked 45th out of 76 universities in France. Among its noticeable alumni are the former French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault as well as one of the French Ministers of Agriculture.




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