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January 18, 2013
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  • SNMMI says molecular imaging training getting more attention
    Interest in molecular imaging and the drive to formalize training and standardize requirements for physicians are growing parallel with the surge in the adoption of PET/CT and SPECT/CT, said Dr. Michael Graham, past president of SNMMI. Individual programs are including molecular imaging training in their curriculum, and formalizing training into a four-year program may likely be the next requirement for nuclear medicine training residency programs, Graham said. The push for molecular imaging training also encompasses technologists. The SNMMI Technologist Section wants all new technologists joining the molecular imaging field beginning in 2015 to hold a bachelor's degree because of the complexities involved in molecular imaging procedures. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Group says imaging instrumental to declining cancer rates
    The continuing decline in cancer rates is partly due to medical imaging, said the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance. "The proof lies in the statistics: advanced medical imaging promotes early detection and more effective treatment, ultimately saving lives," MITA Executive Director Gail Rodriguez said. Policymakers should consider the data when mulling coverage for these technologies, she said. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  News from the Field 
  • Survey: Nuclear medicine job openings tighten
    A survey from the American Society of Radiologic Technologists found that in 2011, only 57.2% of nuclear medicine students landed jobs in the field within six months after graduation. Contributing factors include the recession and issues with test reimbursements, the report said. Despite these uncertainties, however, students are still attracted to the radiologic technology profession, according to the report. (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Health Policy 
  • Analysis: Medicaid expansion is supported by 22 governors
    An analysis in the New England Journal of Medicine found that at least 22 U.S. governors, including the Republican governors of North Dakota, New Mexico, Nevada and Arizona, back Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. Another 15 governors were undecided, but decisions are expected soon as they propose new budgets. Reuters (1/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Advancing Health Care 
  • ONC makes available test criteria for stage 2 MU
    The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has issued changes to the 2014 Edition Test Method for EHR certification to help commercial vendors and health care organizations evaluate their systems under the federal government's stage 2 meaningful use program. The test tools, procedures and data are available on the ONC website. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (1/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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