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1. MRI contrast agents linked to brain abnormalities

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

A study published in Investigative Radiology raises additional questions about the safety of "linear"-type gadolinium-based contrast agents, which could leave toxic heavy metal deposits in brains. Researchers who worked with rats found the agents were associated with abnormalities in the cerebellum. United Press International (06/25)

2. Targeted alpha therapy may improve cancer management

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

Targeted alpha therapy has the potential to annihilate disseminated micrometastases with minimal effects on nonmalignant tissue, said Australian researcher Eva Bezak at a medical physics and biomedical engineering conference. The radioimmunotherapy involves an alpha-emitting radioisotope conjugated to a tumor-specific antibody. Clinical trials for this type of treatment have been positive, with researchers working to advance management of leukemia, lymphomas, melanomas, and glioblastomas, Bezak said. Medical Physics Web (registration required) (06/29)

3. Your response is critical

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

A discussion is taking place that could change the course of the nuclear medicine profession. Your response is critical. If you have not already done so, please carefully review the following information and the two linked documents and respond as soon as possible. Blank (06/26)

4. Journal of Nuclear Medicine impact factor on the rise

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

The Journal of Nuclear Medicine has again been ranked among the top medical imaging journals worldwide, according to new data released in the 2014 Journal Citation Reports© published by Thomson Reuters. Blank (06/26)

5. Drug, device makers paid providers nearly $6.5B last year

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jul 01, 2015

Drug and device makers paid $6.49 billion in 2014 to 607,000 physicians and over 1,100 teaching hospitals, according to the latest CMS Open Payments report. Unethical relationships are inappropriate, the American Medical Association said, but the organization stressed that relationships between manufacturers and providers have potential to educate clinicians and improve patient care. Reuters (06/30) The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (06/30) Health Data Management (07/01)

6. Researchers ID brain activity markers of depression

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jun 30, 2015

A study published in The American Journal of Psychiatry found that adolescents with subthreshold depression and clinical depression have reduced brain response to reward anticipation. The researchers used functional MRI to check blood-oxygen-level-dependent activity in the ventral striatum of the adolescent patients. "Our finding of a graded significant decrease in brain activation across groups suggests that frontostriatal response to reward anticipation operates as a mechanism across the spectrum of risk for depression," the team wrote. Healio (free registration) (06/26)

7. Complimentary ACNM/SNMMI joint webinar: Nuclear Imaging of Cardiac Sarcoidosis

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jul 02, 2015

Space is available for the Nuclear Imaging of Cardiac Sarcoidosis webinar, taking place July 20 at noon ET. This new members-only webinar series is being offered through a joint initiative of ACNM and SNMMI. Registration is complimentary for ACNM and SNMMI members. Space is limited. ACNM members, learn more and register. SNMMI physician/scientist members, learn more and register. Blank (06/28)

8. Study: Brain scans may predict Tx response in OCD

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

University of California researchers report that functional MRI may offer a way of checking whether patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder will respond to cognitive behavioral therapy. They scanned 17 people with OCD and found that patients who had more efficient brain connectivity before psychotherapy had worse long-term outcomes after treatment. The study is published in Frontiers in Psychiatry. The Times of India (06/28) HealthDay News (06/26)

9. Show pride in your profession. Celebrate Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Week!

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Week matters because of the tireless efforts that you and the entire community devote to the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. Pick up your 2015 merchandise today and show off your love for the profession! Order early – supplies are limited! Blank (06/18)

10. Ore. university gets $1B for cancer research

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jun 29, 2015

Oregon Health & Science University received a total of $1 billion toward cancer research after the Knight Cancer Institute matched $500 million raised by the university. The funds will help develop a team at the university's Knight Cancer Institute, including 25 top cancer researchers and 225 to 275 scientists. The university will also build a research facility and clinic. The Chronicle of Philanthropy (06/25)

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