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April 4, 2012
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SNM SmartBrief Special Report: Challenges and Opportunities in the Nuclear Lab (Part 2)
Welcome to the second part of SNM SmartBrief's exploration of current issues in nuclear medicine. This issue builds on Part 1 with recent developments on core topics such as medical isotope production, technology and, as always, the latest clinical research.
  The Supply Chain 
  • Expert talks about challenges in adopting PET/MR system
    In this podcast, Dr. Osman Ratib, a nuclear medicine expert at the University Hospital of Geneva, talks about the challenges of being among the first users of a hybrid PET/MR system. Ratib also touches on the system's benefits over PET/CT, as well as transition concerns and the future potential of the combined modality. Diagnostic Imaging (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Cyclotrons could offer alternative isotope source
    As researchers search for an alternative source for medical isotopes, cyclotrons are an attractive prospect because they are capable of generating technetium 99-m without the use of a nuclear reactor, but questions about economic feasibility and regulatory hurdles remain. The TRIUMF laboratory in Vancouver, British Columbia, is evaluating the viability of cyclotron isotope production. Diagnostic Imaging (3/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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This free application is intended to help guide you through the process of determining whether cardiac radionuclide imaging (RNI) is appropriate for your patient, based on a set of published Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC). Find out more at www.astellasapps.com

  Insights and Innovations 
  • PET/CT helps detect sign of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy
    A study published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine found that maximal wall thickness measured through PET/CT can be a strong indicator of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Maximal wall thickness was linked to impaired peak myocardial blood flow and myocardial flow reserve. The researchers said they did not find a link between left ventricular outflow tract gradients and myocardial blood flow. The results need to be validated in larger trials, the researchers said. MolecularImaging.net (3/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Impaired coronary flow reserve seen in stress test patients
    A study presented at a cardiology meeting found that men and women set to undergo rest or stress Rb-82 PET imaging to assess possible coronary artery disease had similar levels of impaired coronary flow reserve, 44% and 48%, respectively, even though they had normal coronary artery calcification and myocardial perfusion imaging results. "This means that many patients who come to the clinic with symptoms but have two normal tests could still have a cardiac reason for their symptoms," said researcher Dr. Venkatesh L. Murthy from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. CardiologyToday.com (3/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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67 Reasons You Need the AUC
The appropriate use criteria (AUC) for radionuclide imaging were developed to help clinicians decide whether or not radionuclide imaging is appropriate for their patients. The AUC list 67 patient categories and indicate whether myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is appropriate, uncertain, or inappropriate for each case. Visit www.pharmstresstech.com.

  Imaging in Practice 
  • Experts weigh in on new iPad's imaging utility
    Features such as a high-resolution display and faster speed are likely to accelerate integration of the iPad into the practice of many physicians who handle medical images, experts said, and the developments are likely to ease the FDA's concerns about approval of imaging applications. However, the improved display is less helpful for evaluation of tomographic images, and Mark McEntee of the University of Sydney in Australia says physicians should use calibrated higher-resolution LCD screens to view X-rays, PET, MRI and CT scans. AuntMinnie.com (free registration) (3/20), Diagnostic Imaging (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EHR debate raises important questions, expert says
    Responding to the recent debate over a study that linked EHR use to increased diagnostic testing, Justin Barnes of Greenway Medical Technologies said EHRs alone won't stem rising health care costs, but they are an important part of the equation. The study was criticized, most notably by Dr. Farzad Mostashari, the national coordinator for health IT, but the authors said they stood by their work. Barnes acknowledged each side has its points, adding, "I believe that if all of the delivery reform elements come together as communities of care connecting doctors as much as data, then costs related to hospitalizations and even testing will be decreased." Healthcare IT News (3/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Guidelines and resources
    For clinicians seeking a refresher on topics in nuclear medicine, there is a plethora of resources available from SNM. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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