Discovery VCT

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    About this class

    This program instructs PET Technologists in practical theory and operation of the GE Discovery VCT PET/CT system. Instruction is delivered by a GE PET Applications Specialist at the customer facility. This training produces the best results when a group of 1 to 4 PET Technologists are dedicated to the complete training session. It is also critical that key Physicians are available to direct patient scanning and review images. In addition, the patient schedule should be modified as indicated in the agenda to allow time for instruction. 


    • TiP Applications On-Site
    • Overview

      By the end of the program, Technologists who attend the complete training agenda will be able to use the system features and perform basic to intermediate procedures as described in the skill inventory included in the TiP training package.

      Phase One Agenda

      Day One:

      • Getting Started
      • Safety Procedures
      • System Startup, Shutdown, and Reboot
      • Gantry and Table Operation
      • Operator Console Overview
      • Daily Prep and QA
      • PET-CT Scan Procedure

      Day Two:

      • Daily QC, PET-CT Scan Procedure Review
      • Methodology Overview of CT for PET Attenuation Correction and Fusion
      • Protocol Building
      • PET Reconstruction
      • Volume Viewer Overview
      • Patient Scanning

      Day Three:

      • Patient Scanning
      • Volume Viewer
      • Hardcopy and Data Export
      • Networking
      • Archive and Data Management

      Day Four:

      • Quality Control (PET and PET-CT)
      • Patient Scanning
      • CT Scanning and Reconstruction Overview
      • QA, Troubleshooting, iLinq
      • Operator Documentation
      • TiP Post Training Documentation and Review

      Phase Two Agenda

      Phase two follow-up training is typically scheduled after 6 - 8 weeks of system use.

      Day One:

      • Daily Prep and QA
      • Quality Control
      • PET-CT Acquisition Protocols and Parameters
      • Image Display & Analysis
      • Patient Scanning

      Day Two:

      • Dynamic and Cardiac Clinical Applications
      • CT Scan Reconstruction and Display
      • Creating Hardcopy and Data Exporting
      • Archive and Data Management
      • QA, Troubleshooting, iLinq
      • Patient Scanning
    • Target Audience

      This course is designed for PET Technologists who operate the Discovery VCT system.

    • Prerequisites

      This course has no prerequisite requirements.

    • Schedule / Registration

      Please contact your GE Healthcare Representative for pricing and scheduling information.

    Preparing Your Staff for Onsite Training

    Preparing Your Staff for Onsite Applications

    Our experience clearly shows that the maximum transfer of knowledge occurs when no more than 4 of our participants work with the Applications Specialist throughout the entire training program.

    We advise that the personnel selected should fulfill the following criteria:

    • Relevant previous experience
    • Good knowledge of medical technology and terminology
    • Willingness to learn through meeting new challenges
    • Ability to communicate skills to others
    • Understanding of department routines

    From an operational standpoint your department will benefit most by selecting those who will be primary operators of the system rather than those in a supervisory/management role.

    Comprehensive preparation for the training program is essential to its success. Before training, selected personnel should:

    • Study the Operator's Manual delivered with your system
    • Ensure familiarity with relevant areas of technology and terminology through reading current literature
    • Have their normal duties delegated for the training period

    Preparing Your Department for Onsite Training

    Preparing Your Department for Onsite Applications

    Recommended department conditions:

    • Room construction should be complete and all necessary permits granted
    • System installation, calibration and performance testing is complete
    • Open house visits and other staff training are not scheduled
    • Instruction on ancillary equipment is completed before system training
    • Department routine is organized to minimize interruptions
    • Physicians and other personnel who may need to be present at times during the training are notified
    • Imaging accessories, archive media and other supplies are available
    • Patient exams are scheduled according to the training agenda

    Note: If for any reason your department is not completely ready, please do not hesitate to reschedule training. Incomplete preparation may compromise the quality of the program.

    CE Considerations for Onsite Training

    Continuing Education credit may be earned by Technologists who complete the training curriculums as presented by the Applications Specialist. The Applications training is designed to enhance learning, prepare the Technologists to provide the best patient care possible and to achieve particular learning outcomes or objectives. Planning for this training requires the use of certain content and instructional strategies.