Nuclear Medicine Clinical Practice in the United States During the COVID-19 Era and Beyond.
Authors: McFarland GA, Johnson SG Abstract Traditionally, practice in nuclear medicine has involved strong emphasis on radiation safety principles. Nuclear medicine technologists (NMTs) focus on practices that keep patients, the public, and the technologist safe from potentially harmful effects of unnecessary radiation exposure using concepts of time, distance, and shielding as well as ALARA principles, "As low as reasonably achievable". The current COVID-19 pandemic has brought to light the need to apply focus on infection prevention in practice and update knowledge and procedures on such measures. In th...
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 29, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Post-COVID19 "New Normal" for Nuclear Medicine Practice: An Australasian Perspective.
Post-COVID19 "New Normal" for Nuclear Medicine Practice: An Australasian Perspective. J Nucl Med Technol. 2020 Jul 24;: Authors: Currie GM Abstract The COVID19 pandemic has redefine the way nuclear medicine is practiced. The threat from COVID19 to health and to the nuclear medicine community is rapidly changing. During the acute phase of COVID19, there were significant direct and indirect impacts on nuclear medicine practice that have been previously detailed (1,2). It is useful to consider how COVID19 will shape nuclear medicine practice as we re-emerge from the acute phase (first wave) and ...
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 29, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Post COVID-19 "New Normal" for Molecular Imaging Departments: A United Kingdom Perspective.
Post COVID-19 "New Normal" for Molecular Imaging Departments: A United Kingdom Perspective. J Nucl Med Technol. 2020 Jul 24;: Authors: Williams J, Meadows E, Singh M Abstract Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has changed the way the world is navigated and has had a massive impact on healthcare. Depending on where you are in the world the guidance on dealing with potential infected patients is varied. With the high risk of a second wave, it is important to learn from initial responses to plan for the future. With proper preparation, it is possible to minimize exposure and risk of contaminati...
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 29, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Legendre polynomials: A fully-automatic method for noise reduction in MAG3 renogram analysis.
Authors: Destine M, Seret A Abstract A fully-automatic method is developed to deal with the presence of high levels of noise in fast dynamic MAG3 renogram images interfering with their quantitative analysis. Methods: A fully-automatic method based on Legendre polynomials to fit and filter time activity curves is proposed. The method was applied on a renal database which contains Monte-Carlo (MC) simulated studies and real adult patient data. The clinically relevant parameters such as the relative function, the time to maximum uptake (Tmax), and half-emptying time (T1/2) were obtained with the proposed method, the 1...
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 29, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Using abnormal respiratory motion on myocardial perfusion scintigraphy as an opportunity to screen for obstructive sleep apnea.
Conclusion: We found a similar prevalence of known OSA diagnoses in patients with abnormal supine-only respiratory motion on MPS studies and three or more OSA risk factors. The pilot study suggests that assessment of motion on MPS studies may provide an opportunity to also screen for OSA. PMID: 32709670 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 29, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

FDG PET/MRI primary staging of cervical cancer - a pilot study with PET/CT comparison.
We report our PET/MRI experience from a pilot study that compares the diagnostic performance of FDG PET/MRI vs. PET/CT in staging of cervical cancer. METHODS: Six adult women with newly diagnosed cervical cancer underwent a single FDG injection, dual-imaging protocol with standard-of-care PET/CT exam, followed by research PET/MRI exam (Biograph mMR, Siemens). The diagnostic interpretation and maximum standard uptake value (SUV) of both modalities were compared. RESULTS: Both modalities detected all primary tumors (median size of 3.9 cm) and all four metastases present in two of six patients (median size of 0.9 cm)....
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 29, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Cholescintigraphy for Differentiation of True Duodenal Obstruction Versus Pseudo Obstruction.
We present a case of a 51-year-old female with bilious vomiting and right upper quadrant abdominal pain. Hepatobiliary scan showed lack of radiotracer transit to the small bowel with mild reflux into the stomach. Giving the patient a small amount of water prior to obtaining delayed imaging was successful in excluding true duodenal obstruction secondary to variant anatomy such as malrotation. PMID: 32709672 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 29, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Effect of neck flexion on measurements of bone mineral density of spine and necessity for applying head positioners during dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry.
Conclusion: Use of head positioners to flex neck and thus to minimize lumbar lordosis DXA does not seem to exert a significant effect on the diagnosis and densitometric measurements from clinical standpoint. PMID: 32709673 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 29, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

PET/CT image artifacts caused by the arms.
Authors: Sarikaya I, Sarikaya A Abstract Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography (PET/CT) images are usually obtained in arms-up position in cases with no head and neck pathology and in arms-down position to image head and neck area. Arms usually cause artifacts regardless of up or down positioning. Arms can cause various artifacts such as beam hardening and scatter, truncation and cold areas (cold artifacts) in obese or large sized patients, motion artifacts, implanted metal object artifacts, and artifacts related to radiotracer extravasation at the injection site. In this review article we will review th...
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 29, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Incomplete bladder duplication detected by single photon emission computed tomography / computed tomography: a case report.
Conclusion: Usually, bladder duplication is diagnosed by ultrasound or Intra Venous Urography (IVU) . To our knowledge this was the first documented case of an incomplete bladder duplication discovered by SPECT/CT. PMID: 32709675 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 29, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Letters.
Authors: PMID: 32605942 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

A Glimpse into the Past: 1970-2020.
Authors: Thomas K PMID: 32605943 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Fifty Years of Radiopharmaceuticals.
Authors: Brugarolas P, Comstock J, Dick DW, Ellmer T, Engle JW, Lapi SE, Liang SH, Parent EE, Kishore Pillarsetty NV, Selivanova S, Sun X, Vavere A, Scott PJH, Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council Abstract To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the SNMMI Technologist Section in 1970, the Radiopharmaceutical Sciences Council board of directors is pleased to contribute to this celebratory supplement of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology with a perspective highlighting major developments in the radiopharmaceutical sciences that have occurred in th...
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

A Half-Century of Nuclear Medicine.
Authors: Middlebrooks JT PMID: 32605945 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Change of Governance Structure.
Authors: PMID: 32605946 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Speaker of the National Council of Representatives.
Authors: Keech F, Alessi AM PMID: 32605947 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
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The Technologist Fellow.
Authors: PMID: 32605948 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
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A Look Back at JNMT Editors.
Authors: PMID: 32605949 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Technologist Section Publications.
Authors: Thomas K PMID: 32605950 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Chapters.
Authors: Thomas K PMID: 32605951 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

History of the SNMMI-TS Leadership Academy.
Authors: Wenzel-Lamb N PMID: 32605952 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

History of the Joint Review Committee on Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology (JRCNMT).
Authors: Winn J PMID: 32605953 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

From the Dewey Decimal System to Internet Search Engines-Education Has Greatly Changed Over the Last 50 Years.
Authors: Bolus NE PMID: 32605954 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

History of the Nuclear Medicine Advanced Associate (NMAA).
Authors: Bolus NE PMID: 32605955 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

History of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB).
Authors: Neal K PMID: 32605956 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

History of the Professional Development and Education Fund (PDEF).
Authors: Keech F PMID: 32605957 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Scholarships.
Authors: PMID: 32605958 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
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The Creation of the Hot Trot 5K.
Authors: Williams J PMID: 32605959 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

History of the Education and Research Foundation (ERF).
Authors: Squires P PMID: 32605960 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Paul Cole Scholarship.
Authors: PMID: 32605961 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

International Partnerships and Collaboration.
Authors: Gilmore CD PMID: 32605962 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Nuclear Medicine, Molecular Imaging, and Theranostics: The Future Is Bright.
Authors: Czernin J, Calais J PMID: 32605963 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

The Future of Health Care and the Importance of the Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
Authors: Burrell L PMID: 32605964 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Sirona Complete Care.
Authors: PMID: 32605965 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Lantheus Medical Imaging.
Authors: PMID: 32605966 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Blue Earth Diagnostics.
Authors: PMID: 32605967 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Cyclomedica USA.
Authors: PMID: 32605968 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Philips.
Authors: PMID: 32605969 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Bracco Imaging.
Authors: PMID: 32605970 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - July 3, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Identification of Bladder Diverticular Stone on 99mTc-MDP Bone Scintigraphy and SPECT/CT.
We report a bladder diverticular stone with increased 99mTc-MDP uptake on bone scintigraphy and SPETC/CT. Diverticular stone is a known risk factor for bladder malignancy. The deposition of 99mTc-MDP on the crystal surface of the diverticular stone is a rare phenomenon, but of clinical significance. Cystolitholapaxy is indicated to remove the diverticular stone and to reduce risk of bladder cancer. PMID: 32518117 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - June 12, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

A Comparison of Radiation Exposure Readings of Thermoluminescent Dosimeter Ring Badges When Worn in Different Positions.
CONCLUSION: Maximum extremity exposure readings for TLDs worn on the dominant hand are seen when the TLD is worn facing in toward the palm. PMID: 32518118 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - June 12, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Cancer Patient Experience in a Nuclear Medicine Department: Comparison between Bone Scintigraphy and 18F-FDG PET/CT.
Conclusion: Patients undergoing NM exams in an oncological context revealed significant anxiety levels prior to and after their scans. However, the BS and 18F-FDG PET/CT have different triggers. It is of extreme importance that healthcare professionals are aware of these peculiarities and adjust their procedures accordingly. PMID: 32518119 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - June 12, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Teaching Professional Behavior.
Authors: McFarland GA, Hoylman RG, Prekeges JL, Bennett VR Abstract The goal of this article is to discuss the teaching of professional behavior to nuclear medicine technologists (NMTs). The focus is on the present-day student situation and practices in the programs at Bellevue College (BC) and at Oregon Institute of Technology (OT). Professional behavior is defined and ways to communicate and assess it are described. Additionally, approaches to remedy unprofessional behavior are presented. The needs and expectations of clinical sites and of future employers of nuclear medicine graduates and current avenues for pro...
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - June 12, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Topical Sensor for the Assessment of Positron Emission Tomography Dose Administration; Metric Performance with an Autoinjector.
Conclusion: Extravasation and partial extravasation of PET doses are readily detected and differentiated using TAC metrics. The metrics can provide the insights that could inform image quality or SUV accuracy issues. Further validation of key metrics are recommended in a larger and more diverse cohort. PMID: 32518121 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - June 12, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Waxing and Waning Presentation of Isolated Cardiac Sarcoidosis on Sequential 18F-FDG-PET exams.
Authors: Ostwani W, Hanna C, Brice AE, Wymer DC Abstract A case of a patient with suspected of myocardial ischemia, with multiple normal perfusion scans, is diagnosed with isolated cardiac sarcoidosis on fluorine-18 (18F)-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG)-positron emission tomography (PET). The diagnosis and monitoring disease response using imaging follow-up are discussed in this report. PMID: 32518122 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - June 12, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Preclinical assessment of 99mTc labeled liposome agents as an effective tracer in nuclear medicine.
This study investigates the use of [Tc99m] liposome agents for the assessment of nuclear medicine purposes. A variety of [99mTc] liposome formulations were compared with common lymphoscintigraphic agents including [Tc99m] regular-sulfur colloid (SC), and [Tc99m] human serum albumin (HSA) besides assisting the use of positive charged liposomes in rabbits. 10 male rabbits (2-2.5 kg) were anesthetized with ketamine:xylazine intramuscularly. Then they were injected with different [Tc99m] liposome agents subcutaneously in the dorsum of each hind foot over the region of the metatarsals at the midline as well as intravenously. Dy...
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - June 12, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

COVID-19 and Its Impact on Nuclear Medicine.
Authors: Thomas KS PMID: 32499320 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - June 7, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

USP General Chapter < 825 > Impact on Nuclear Medicine Technology Practice.
USP General Chapter Impact on Nuclear Medicine Technology Practice. J Nucl Med Technol. 2020 Jun;48(2):106-113 Authors: Hinkle GH Abstract U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP) general chapter , "Radiopharmaceuticals: Preparation, Compounding, Dispensing, and Repackaging," is a new standard proposed to provide minimum requirements for the preparation, compounding, dispensing, and repackaging of sterile and nonsterile radiopharmaceuticals. This new standard represents endeavors on the part of the USP to respond to appeals by nuclear medicine professionals to move beyond a minimal supplement to USP and provi...
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - June 7, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

SNMMI Procedure Standard/EANM Guideline for Gated Equilibrium Radionuclide Angiography.
Authors: Farrell MB, Galt JR, Georgoulias P, Malhotra S, Pagnanelli R, Rischpler C, Savir-Baruch B Abstract The purpose of this document is to assist nuclear medicine practitioners in recommending, performing, interpreting, and reporting the results of gated equilibrium radionuclide angiocardiography (ERNA). PMID: 32499322 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - June 7, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research

Gated Myocardial Perfusion Imaging.
Authors: Mackin ML PMID: 32499323 [PubMed - in process] (Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology)
Source: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology - June 7, 2020 Category: Nuclear Medicine Tags: J Nucl Med Technol Source Type: research