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1. Researchers hit Tc-99m production target with cyclotron

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2015

A project that brings together researchers from TRIUMF, the Centre for Probe Development and Commercialization, the BC Cancer Agency, the Lawson Health Research Institute and the University of British Columbia yielded 34 curies of technetium-99m over six hours using a TR-series cyclotron, a breakthrough that could help meet the demand for Tc-99m for nuclear medicine scans by supplying a population the size of British Columbia with isotopes. The process would eliminate the need for producing molybdenum-99 in a reactor to generate Tc-99m products. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (01/19)


2. IRE, Lantheus ink xenon-133 gas supply agreement

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

The National Institute for Radioelements, or IRE, has agreed to supply Lantheus Medical Imaging with xenon-133 gas for processing to be used as a radiopharmaceutical in pulmonary and cerebral vascular imaging. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (01/22)


3. Joint Commission imaging standards get mixed reviews

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

Updated Joint Commission standards for diagnostic imaging in U.S. ambulatory care centers and hospitals clarify some questions from an earlier version of the requirements, but questions remain, according to experts in the field. "These requirements put recording radiation dose, tracking dose ranges, requiring that dose ranges conform with benchmarks, and insisting that a clinical indication has to be matched to the correct protocol on the table," said Dr. Rebecca Smith-Bindman of the University of California, San Francisco. What's lacking, she says, are clear details about how to measure progress. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (01/20)


4. Nanoparticle discovery advances "hypermodal" imaging concept

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

University at Buffalo researchers have created a nanoparticle that can be detected by PET, CT, photoacoustic imaging, fluorescence imaging, upconversion imaging and Cerenkov luminescence imaging. According to the study in Advanced Materials, the nanoparticle's core -- made of sodium, ytterbium, fluorine, yttrium and thulium -- appears blue when hit by near-infrared light. It is coated with porphyrin-phospholipids. The substance could allow the use of "hypermodal" imaging systems that could provide an unprecedented level of detail. PhysOrg.com (01/20)


5. Study: Providers often don't see pharmacists as key to nuclear medicine

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jan 19, 2015

Awareness about the role pharmacists play in nuclear medicine is poor and needs to be made clearer among the care team, a study in the Journal of Basic and Clinical Pharmacy suggests. Of 621 health care professionals, more than half of whom were pharmacists, 55.39% were aware of nuclear pharmacists and 29.63% were aware of the part radiopharmaceuticals play in care. Pharmacy Times online (01/15)


6. House approves legislation to study low-dose radiation

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jan 21, 2015

The House of Representatives has passed the Low-Dose Radiation Research Act of 2015, which would require the Energy Department and the National Academy of Sciences to evaluate domestic and international low-dose radiation research. The goal is to "enhance the scientific understanding of and reduce uncertainties associated with the effects of exposure to low-dose radiation in order to inform improved risk management methods." Alex Flint, the Nuclear Energy Institute's senior vice president of governmental affairs, said the measure "just makes sense" given the widespread use of nuclear technology. World Nuclear News (01/20)


7. PET detects inflammation in polymyositis and dermatomyositis, research finds

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

FDG PET can detect clinical markers of inflammation associated with polymyositis and dermatomyositis, researchers report in the journal BMJ Open. FDG PET was performed on 33 patients with PM/DM before and after therapy, and the results were compared with data from patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Abnormal FDG uptake was seen in the lungs of patients with interstitial lung diseases, in the lymph nodes of half of patients with DM, in 18.2% of patients with PM without other collagen conditions and in three-quarters of patients with PM/DM and other collagen conditions. Healio (free registration) (01/19)


8. Obama announces initiative to expedite development of personalized medicine

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jan 22, 2015

President Barack Obama will ask Congress for funds to launch a "precision medicine initiative" to accelerate the development of personalized treatments against diseases such as cancer and diabetes and give all Americans access to personalized information needed to improve their health. "I want the country that eliminated polio and mapped the human genome to lead a new era of medicineā€Š -- one that delivers the right treatment at the right time," the president said Tuesday during his State of the Union address. Obama is expected to share details of the initiative in his fiscal 2016 budget, which will be released next month. Reuters (01/21) Bloomberg Businessweek (01/20)


9. AMA report shows weekly working hours among physicians

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jan 20, 2015

A report by the American Medical Association showed most physicians had weekly workloads of 40 to 60 hours, while 23% worked 61 to 80 or more hours. Researchers also found 20% of doctors ages 60-69 and 20% of those ages 40-69 work more than 60 hours per week, and 5% of younger physicians work more than 80 hours a week. However, about half of physicians across all age groups preferred fewer working hours per week, researchers added. PhysiciansBriefing.com (01/16)


10. Researchers explore connection between Alzheimer's, vascular disease

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jan 23, 2015

U.S. researchers hope to gain a clearer understanding of the connection between vascular disease and Alzheimer's disease, and they outlined their goals in a paper reported in Alzheimer's & Dementia. Co-author Heather Snyder of the Alzheimer's Association said that although researchers know vascular disease is tied to the risk of dementia, the connection has not been defined at a basic molecular level. Medscape (free registration) (01/21)




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