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NMTCB Report.

Authors:
Katie Neal

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec;46(4):9A

Executive Director.

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December 2018

Brief Overview of the Fall 2018 SNMMI-TS Board Meeting.

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Norman E Bolus

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec;46(4):8A

SNMMI-TS President.

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December 2018
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SNMMI Procedure Standard for Bone Scintigraphy 4.0.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec;46(4):398-404

Global Advanced Imaging, PLLC, Little Rock, Arkansas.

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December 2018
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Erratum.

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J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec;46(4):383

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December 2018

Amyloid Imaging.

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Jessica Williams

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec;46(4):341-342

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December 2018
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A Year in Review.

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Kathy S Thomas

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec;46(4):319-320

Editor, JNMT.

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December 2018

Biodistribution and Dosimetry of Indigenous I-Rituximab in B-Cell Lymphoma: Pilot Study estimating patient specific dose comparing two different dosimetric methods.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Nov 9. Epub 2018 Nov 9.

Radiation Medicine Centre, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Tata Memorial Centre Annexe, India.

Cost-containment through indigenous development and production and its subsequent examination in clinical settings would be a pivotal step for bringing radioimmunotherapy (RIT) agents to more widespread clinical practice in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) patients, especially in developing countries. To examine the biodistribution and dosimetry of indigenously developed and radiolabeled I-Rituximab, using the monoclonal antibody of chimeric origin, in patients of B cell lymphoma for its potential use in RIT. This was a prospective study involving patients of B-cell NHL who underwent low dose diagnostic scan for the dosimetric and biodistribution studies. Read More

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November 2018
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Improving the spatial alignment in PET/CT using amplitude-based respiratory-gated PET and patient-specific breathing-instructed CT.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Nov 9. Epub 2018 Nov 9.

Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Radboud university medical center, Netherlands.

Appropriate attenuation correction is important for accurate quantification of standardized uptake values (SUVs) in positron emission tomography (PET). Patient respiratory motion can introduce a spatial mismatch between respiratory-gated PET and computed tomography (CT), reducing quantitative accuracy. In this study, the effect of a patient-specific breathing-instructed CT protocol on the spatial alignment between CT and amplitude-based optimal respiratory-gated PET images was investigated. Read More

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November 2018
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An Evaluation of Qualities of Nuclear Medicine Technology Programs and Graduates Leading to Employability.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Nov 9. Epub 2018 Nov 9.

Indiana University School of Medicine, United States.

To evaluate the association between qualities of nuclear medicine technology (NMT) programs and graduates, and employability. We identified all NMT certification board applicants who passed the entry level NMT exam between 2012 and 2017. Certificants were e-mailed a survey with questions regarding graduate qualities, program qualities, and initial employment. Read More

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November 2018
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Radiation Safety Certification: A Review.

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Cybil J Nielsen

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec 9;46(4):321-325. Epub 2018 Nov 9.

Nuclear Medicine Technology Program, Department of Radiologic and Imaging Sciences, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana

It has become common for nuclear medicine technologists to assume the responsibilities, or even the role, of the radiation safety officer or associate radiation safety officer. Their responsibilities are primarily related to the radioactive materials license but increasingly can include additional safety responsibilities within the hospital. These include CT, MRI, and fluoroscopy safety. Read More

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December 2018
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Comparison of Radioiodine uptake by Gamma Camera and Thyroid uptake probe-based methodologies and Diagnostic Radioiodine Scan in Differentiated thyroid carcinoma.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Nov 9. Epub 2018 Nov 9.

RADIATION MEDICINE CENTRE (BARC), Tata Memorial Hospital Annexe, India.

The objective of the study was to make a quantitative comparison of 72-hrs neck uptake calculated by gamma camera-based and thyroid uptake probe-based methods after administration of low-dose (111-148 MBq) of I capsule in thyroid carcinoma follow-up patients who have already been treated with I. The study group consists of 46 patients, of whom 14 were male (average 47.5 yrs) and 32 were female (average 38 yrs). Read More

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November 2018
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Technologist Approach to Global Dose Optimization.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Nov 9. Epub 2018 Nov 9.

Nuclear Medicine, University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium.

Nuclear Medicine Technologists (NMTs) are specialized health professionals that cover a wide range of tasks from clinical routine (including image acquisition and processing, radiopharmaceutical dispensing and administration, patient care and radioprotection tasks) to leading clinical research in the field of Nuclear Medicine. As a fundamental concern in all radiation sciences applied to medicine, protection of individuals against the harmful effects of ionizing radiation must be constantly revised and applied by the professionals involved in medical exposures. The acknowledgement that NMTs play a prominent role in patient management and a number of procedural steps both in diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine applications, carries the duty to be trained and knowledgeable on the topic of radiation protection and dose optimization. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.218131DOI Listing
November 2018
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In patients we trust. Reliability of self-reported weight and size in patients attending a nuclear medicine department.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Nov 9. Epub 2018 Nov 9.

ZRN Rheinland, Germany.

The aim of the study was to assess the reliability of self-reported weight and size of nuclear medicine patients in view of recommendation for the weight-dependent tracer application for imaging and therapy. A total of 824 patients (334m, 490f) were asked to report their weight and size prior imaging or therapy and their level of confidence. Subsequently, weight and size of each patient was measured and body mass index (BMI), body surface area (BSA) and lean body mass (LBM) were calculated. Read More

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November 2018
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Integrative leadership and its use in providing excellent patient care while overcoming hospital challenges.

Authors:
Julie Bolin

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Nov 9. Epub 2018 Nov 9.

Tucson Medical Center, United States.

Effective leadership in the healthcare setting is vital for delivering effective and efficient patient care while meeting organizational and departmental challenges. Hospitals face unique obstacles relating to regulation and accreditation, process inefficiencies, aging or difficult to treat patients, allocation of resources, and patient satisfaction. This article describes the characteristics of a leader, integrative leadership in the healthcare setting, and provides suggestions to engage coworkers in solving complex healthcare problems. Read More

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November 2018
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Accreditation and Assessment: The Basics for Nuclear Medicine Educators.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Nov 9. Epub 2018 Nov 9.

Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences, United States.

This article presents a high-level overview of accreditation and assessment in higher education.It is designed to provide nuclear medicine technology (NMT) educators with a foundational knowledge of accreditation and assessment. This foundation will help educators understand accreditation and assessment at the college/university and program levels by discussing key terminology and exploring the concept of a culture of assessment. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.219113DOI Listing
November 2018
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Encouraging Lifelong Learning: An Educator's Perspective on Teaching and Learning for the Nuclear Medicine Technologist.

Authors:
Isabel T Breen

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Nov 9. Epub 2018 Nov 9.

Rutgers University, United States.

The rapid influx of new technology and changing reimbursement and healthcare business models challenge nuclear medicine technology (NMT) educators to reexamine the effectiveness of traditional teaching methods. As a generation of technologists can attest, the skill sets and competencies taught today will not be the requirements of tomorrow. The question arises, "how can educators prepare students and the profession for future knowledge capacity?" The concept of lifelong learning (LLL) emerged in the 1970s as a response to the global paradigm shift from an industrial society to a knowledge society. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.218545DOI Listing
November 2018

Assessing F-18 FDG uptake in the sentinel lymph node in breast cancer.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Nov 9. Epub 2018 Nov 9.

Trakya University Faculty of Medicine, Turkey.

Fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (F-FDG) positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) has limited value in early breast cancer. Sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy is the current procedure of choice to search for small metastatic deposits in the axillary lymph nodes in early breast cancer. In this retrospective study, we re-evaluated F-FDG PET/CT images after locating SLN(s) on PET/CT with the help of SLN single photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) images and assessed F-FDG uptake particularly in the SLN(s). Read More

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November 2018
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The influence of minimal misalignment on the repeatability of PET images examined by the repositioning of point sources.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Nov 9. Epub 2018 Nov 9.

Department of Health Sciences, Graduate School of Medical Sciences, Kyushu University, Japan.

We aimed to evaluate the influence of the minimal misalignment of the hot spot on the repeatability of PET images using the repositioning of point sources. Point sources with an inner-diameter of 1 mm were made with 1μL of F solution. Seven point sources were placed on the x-axis in the field-of-view. Read More

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November 2018
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IAC Grants First CT Accreditation to a Mobile Stroke Unit.

Authors:
Tamara A Sloper

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Sep;46(3):9A-10A

Intersocietal Accreditation Commission.

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September 2018
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Advancing the Profession with a Focus on Value and Quality.

Authors:
Norman E Bolus

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Sep;46(3):7A-8A

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September 2018

Technologist News.

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J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Sep;46(3):12A-18A

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September 2018
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JRCNMT Report.

Authors:
Jan M Winn

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Sep;46(3):11A

Executive Director, JRCNMT.

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September 2018
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The Model Practice Act for Nuclear Medicine Technology.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Sep;46(3):295

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California.

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September 2018
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Erratum.

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J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Sep;46(3):294

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September 2018

Building a Pool of Future Technologist Authors.

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Kathy S Thomas

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Sep;46(3):219-220

Editor, JNMT.

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September 2018
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Small Cell Transformation of Metastatic Prostate Adenocarcinoma Diagnosed by Dual Tracer PET/CT (Ga-PSMA and F-FDG): Potential Clinical Utility in Therapeutic Decision-Making and Treatment Monitoring.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Aug 23. Epub 2018 Aug 23.

RADIATION MEDICINE CENTRE (BARC), Tata Memorial Hospital Annexe, India.

Transformed small cell carcinoma of prostate represents a distinct tumor biology from the adenocarcinoma counterpart and penile metastasis from prostate cancer is a rare entity. Unique features of this transformation include unresponsiveness to hormonal therapy and presence of visceral metastases, which can demonstrate hypermetabolism on F-FDG PET/CT. The importance of dual tracer PET/CT using Ga-PSMA and F-FDG is illustrated in metastatic prostatic adenocarcinoma (Gleason's score 4+3=7) with previous history of bilateral orchidectomy, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, who presented with abdominal pain and backache, dysuria and increasing serum PSA. Read More

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August 2018
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Effects of Alzheimer Disease on Patients and Their Family.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec 23;46(4):335-340. Epub 2018 Aug 23.

Grabher Consulting and Specialty Services, Abingdon, Maryland, and Life Molecular Imaging, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts

The diagnosis of Alzheimer disease (AD) affects not only the patient but the entire family and their supporting caregivers. Understanding the stressors that affect these individuals enables us to provide the support and care they need to remain happy and healthy despite living with the diagnosis of AD. This continuing education article examines the epidemic of AD in the United States today and its emotional, psychologic, and financial effects. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.218057DOI Listing
December 2018

Enhanced Gastric Emptying Scintigraphy to Assess Fundic Accommodation Using Intragastric Meal Distribution and Antral Contractility.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Aug 23. Epub 2018 Aug 23.

Temple University School of Medicine, United States.

Gastric emptying scintigraphy (GES) as now commonly performed measures only total gastric emptying. Intragastric meal distribution (IMD) immediately post meal ingestion (t= 0 min) (IMD0) ) can assess fundic accommodation (FA) and dynamic antral contraction scintigraphy (DACS) can assess antral motility.

Goals: 1) Incorporate IMD and DACS into GES; 2) Compare IMD0 using gastric division into anatomic proximal and distal halves vs more physiologic separation of the antrum from proximal stomach using DACS; 3) establish normal values. Read More

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Comparison of the variability of SUVs normalized by skeletal volume with that of SUVs normalized by body weight in normal F-fluoride PET/CT studies.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Aug 23. Epub 2018 Aug 23.

Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo (FMUSP), Brazil.

to test the hypothesis that the variability of the standardized uptake values (SUVs) normalized by skeletal volume (SV) in F-fluoride PET/CT (F-NaF) studies is lower than that of the SUVs normalized by body weight (BW). the SUVs were obtained in whole skeletal volumes of interest (wsVOIs) in 163 selected F-NaF studies. These studies were performed for the investigation of bone metastases and considered normal by evaluation of PET and CT images. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.215111DOI Listing

PHARMACOLOGY PART 3B: LESS COMMONLY USED INTERVENTIONAL MEDICATIONS AND ADJUNCTIVE MEDICATIONS IN GENERAL NUCLEAR MEDICINE.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Aug 23. Epub 2018 Aug 23.

Charles Sturt University, Australia.

The understanding of key principles in pharmacology is essential to the clinical and research nuclear medicine practitioner. The scope of practice of the nuclear medicine technologist requires capability around the indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, proper use, drug interactions, and adverse reactions for interventional and adjunctive medications. This article is the companion article to the third in a series of articles that aims to enhance the understanding of pharmacological principles relevant to nuclear medicine. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.215053DOI Listing
August 2018
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Bilateral orbital soft tissue metastases from Renal Neuroendocrine Tumor: successful Theranostic application of Ga/Lu-DOTATATE with improvement of vision.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Aug 23. Epub 2018 Aug 23.

RADIATION MEDICINE CENTRE (BARC), Tata Memorial Hospital Annexe, Jerbai Wadia Road, Parel, Mumbai, India.

Gratifying clinical response obtained in the clinical setting of bilateral orbital metastases from renal neuroendocrine tumor (NET) is reported. A 53 year-old male, diagnosed case of renal NET (MIB1 index-4%), with symptoms of skeletal and abdominal pain, proptosis and decrease in vision of left eye, was found to harbor bilateral orbital soft tissue lesions on Ga-DOTATATE PET-CT and MRI in addition to widespread metastatic skeletal lesions, and metastatic lymph nodal disease. His symptoms worsened despite radiotherapy to left eye (20Gy) and long-acting octreotide therapy for 18 months, with increase in serum chromogranin A (CgA) level and was considered for Lutetium(Lu)-DOTATATE peptide receptor radionuclide therapy (PRRT). Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.217455DOI Listing
August 2018
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SPECT-CT-guided ultrasound for parathyroid adenoma localisation - a one stop approach.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Aug 23. Epub 2018 Aug 23.

Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom.

To evaluate the accuracy of one-stop (single patient attendance) SPECT-CT-guided ultrasound (US) in the localisation of parathyroid adenomata (PTA). Secondary aims included analysing the effect of multiple PTA and concurrent thyroid disease on sensitivity. Patients with hyperparathyroidism that had undergone parathyroidectomy were identified over a 5 year period. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.209767DOI Listing
August 2018
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Practical Clinical Measurement of Radiotracer Concentration in Blood: Initial Device Concept and Feasibility Testing.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec 23;46(4):373-377. Epub 2018 Aug 23.

Lucerno Dynamics, Cary, North Carolina.

Kinetic analysis of PET data requires continuous measurement of radioactivity in the arterial blood throughout the acquisition time, termed the arterial input function. The arterial input function is used as an input to compartmental modeling, which can be a better predictor of disease progression than SUV measurements from static PET images. Current common methods of measuring blood concentrations include image-derived, population-based, and manual sampling. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.212266DOI Listing
December 2018
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Optimization of Parameters for Quantitative Analysis of I-ioflupane SPECT Images for Monitoring of Progression of Parkinson's Disease.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Aug 23. Epub 2018 Aug 23.

University of Arizona Health Sciences, Departments of Medical Imaging, Medicine and Biomedical, United States.

Quantitative assessment of dopamine transporter (DAT) imaging can aid in diagnosing Parkinson's disease (PD) and assessing disease progression in the context of therapeutic trials. Previously, the software program SBRquant was applied to I-ioflupane SPECT images acquired on healthy controls and subjects with PD. Earlier work on optimization of the parameters for differentiating between controls and subjects with dopaminergic deficits is extended here for maximizing change measurements associated with disease progression on longitudinally acquired scans. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.213181DOI Listing
August 2018
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Effects of web-based information on patient satisfaction and image quality in patients undergoing an F-FDG PET/CT examination - a randomised controlled trial.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Aug 3. Epub 2018 Aug 3.

Dept. of Immunology; Genetics and Pathology, Uppsala University, Sweden.

The aim was to investigate the effect of web-based patient information on patients' satisfaction with care during an F-FDG PET/CT examination, their knowledge about the examination and the image quality, compared with standard care, and to explore the usage of and satisfaction with web-based information. One hundred-forty-eight patients were recruited between October 2015 and December 2016 and randomly assigned to Standard Care (SC) or an Intervention Group (IG). SC received information about the F-FDG PET/CT examination according to standard care and IG also received access to web-based information about the examination. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.213116DOI Listing
August 2018
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Current Status of F-FDG PET Brain Imaging in Patients with Dementia.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec 3;46(4):362-367. Epub 2018 Aug 3.

Department of Nuclear Medicine, Kuwait University Faculty of Medicine, Safat, Kuwait; and.

F-FDG PET brain imaging is commonly used in the early detection and differential diagnosis of various subtypes of dementias. F-FDG PET images are mainly evaluated visually, and semiquantitative analysis programs are also commonly used in many centers. However, visual and semiquantitative analysis carry certain limitations. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.210237DOI Listing
December 2018
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Protocols for Harmonized Quantification and Noise Reduction in Low Dose Oncological F-FDG PET/CT Imaging.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Aug 3. Epub 2018 Aug 3.

Centro Regional de Ciências Nucleares (CRCN - NE)/ CNEN, Brazil.

Oncological F-FDG PET/CT acquisition and reconstruction protocols need to be optimized for both quantitative and detection tasks. To date, most studies have focused on either quantification or noise, leading to quantitative harmonization guidelines or appropriate noise levels. We developed and evaluated protocols that provide harmonized quantitation with optimal amount of noise as a function of acquisition parameters and body mass. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.213405DOI Listing
August 2018
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Practical Considerations for Integrating PET/CT into Radiation Therapy Planning.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec 3;46(4):343-348. Epub 2018 Aug 3.

Department of Radiology, University of Tennessee Graduate School of Medicine, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville, Tennessee.

Over the past 20 y, PET/CT has had many technologic and developmental advancements for patient care. PET/CT has evolved from being used as a diagnosis and staging tool to now having an impact on treating cancer through a collaboration with radiation oncology. There are multiple considerations when integrating PET/CT into radiation therapy planning, such as the needs of the PET/CT center, the types of scans to offer, workflow considerations between the PET/CT center and the radiation therapy planning center, PET/CT center growth and demand on schedules, and the impact PET/CT will have on radiation treatment planning. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.209452DOI Listing
December 2018

Supporting the Quality of Measurement and Evaluation in Education.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec 3;46(4):384-390. Epub 2018 Aug 3.

School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Robert Morris University, Moon Township, Pennsylvania; and.

The impetus for the development of a measurement and evaluation team for Robert Morris University, School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS), was to foster faculty and administration commitment in enhancing the quality of measurement and evaluation processes. Many of the SNHS faculty members had experienced incidents of academic inconsistencies with student exam protocols. The measurement and evaluation team was charged to define the goals for faculty to use evidence-based assessment and evaluation strategies that are appropriate for the learner and learning goals, support use of evaluation data to measure the achievement of designated outcomes, and promote curricular excellence through the use of assessment and evaluation data and policies to enhance the teaching and learning process. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.210385DOI Listing
December 2018
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F-FDG PET/CT Unveiling of Implant Rupture and Clinically Unsuspected Silicone Granuloma in Treated Breast Cancer.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec 3;46(4):394-395. Epub 2018 Aug 3.

Division of Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics, Department of Radiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama.

F-FDG uptake in enlarged lymph nodes is always suspicious, especially in cancer patients. We report a case of hypermetabolic internal mammary lymphadenopathy in a breast cancer patient who was previously treated with bilateral mastectomy and implants. The abnormal nodal uptake turned out to be due to foreign body-induced inflammation, as confirmed histopathologically. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.211979DOI Listing
December 2018
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Pharmacology, Part 3A: Interventional Medications in Renal and Biliary Imaging.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec 3;46(4):326-334. Epub 2018 Aug 3.

Faculty of Science, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, Australia, and Regis University, Boston, Massachusetts

Pharmacology principles provide key understanding that underpins the clinical and research roles of nuclear medicine practitioners. Indeed, the scope of practice of the nuclear medicine technologist demands knowledge and understanding of indications, contraindications, warnings, precautions, proper use, drug interactions, and adverse reactions for each medication to be used. This article is the third in a series of articles that aims to enhance the understanding of pharmacologic principles relevant to nuclear medicine. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.215038DOI Listing
December 2018

Regional Changes in Brain F-FDG Uptake After Prophylactic Cranial Irradiation and Chemotherapy in Small Cell Lung Cancer May Reflect Functional Changes.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec 3;46(4):355-358. Epub 2018 Aug 3.

Department of Medical Imaging, Banner University Medical Center, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.

Chemotherapy followed by prophylactic cranial irradiation (PCI) is associated with increased survival in patients with small cell lung cancer but is associated with fatigue and cognitive impairment. This retrospective study evaluated regional differences in F-FDG uptake by the brain before and after PCI. The null hypothesis was that direct toxic effects on the brain from PCI and chemotherapy are symmetric; thus, asymmetric deviations may reflect functional changes due to therapy. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.212316DOI Listing
December 2018
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Validation of the Semiautomatic Quantification of F-Fluoride PET/CT Whole-Body Skeletal Tumor Burden.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec 3;46(4):378-383. Epub 2018 Aug 3.

Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology, University of Campinas, Campinas, Brazil; and

Our purpose was to validate a semiautomatic quantification of the skeletal tumor burden on F-fluoride PET/CT using manual quantification as a reference. We quantified 51 F-fluoride PET/CT examinations performed on female breast cancer patients. Clinical information (age; time of disease presentation; presence of visceral metastases; and time to death, progression, or a bone event) was recorded. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.211474DOI Listing
December 2018

Guidance on Lu-DOTATATE Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy from the Experience of a Single Nuclear Medicine Division.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Sep 3;46(3):237-244. Epub 2018 Aug 3.

Department of Imaging and Center for Biomedical Imaging in Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts.

Lu-DOTATATE is a radiolabeled somatostatin analog that has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of somatostatin receptor-positive gastroenteropancreatic neuroendocrine tumors in adults. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.209148DOI Listing
September 2018
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Establishing a Radiation Safety Credential for Nuclear Medicine Technologists.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec 3;46(4):391-393. Epub 2018 Aug 3.

Fusion Physics, LLC, Valrico, Florida.

Several nuclear medicine technologists (NMTs) have specific responsibilities and considerable experience in radiation safety. In many instances, the technologist's level of knowledge regarding radiation safety goes beyond what is typically expected. The Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board performed a needs assessment for a radiation safety credential for NMTs. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.118.214395DOI Listing
December 2018
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Hepatobiliary Iminodiacetic Acid Scanning Detects Previously Unknown Hepatic Metastases from Colonic Adenocarcinoma.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Aug 3. Epub 2018 Aug 3.

Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine, United States.

A case of previously unknown metastatic colorectal adenocarcinoma presents as focal photopenia on hepatobiliary iminidiacetic acid scintigraphy (HIDA scan). Differential diagnosis of focal photopenia and heterogenous hepatic radiotracer uptake on hepatobiliary scintigraphy is reviewed. Read More

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http://dx.doi.org/10.2967/jnmt.117.206748DOI Listing
August 2018
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Lu-DOTATATE Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Sep 3;46(3):245-246. Epub 2018 Aug 3.

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September 2018
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Guidelines for Quality Control Testing of Molecular Breast Imaging Systems.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec 8;46(4):349-354. Epub 2018 Jun 8.

Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota.

Molecular breast imaging (MBI) is a nuclear medicine test that uses dedicated γ-cameras designed for imaging of the breast. Despite growing adoption of MBI, there is currently a lack of guidance on appropriate quality control procedures for MBI systems. Tests designed for conventional γ-cameras either do not apply or must be modified for dedicated detectors. Read More

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December 2018
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The Effect of Electroencephalography Leads on Image Quality in Cerebral Perfusion SPECT and F-FDG PET/CT.

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Dec 8;46(4):359-361. Epub 2018 Jun 8.

Department of Radiology, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire; and

Cerebral perfusion SPECT and F-FDG PET/CT are commonly performed diagnostic procedures for patients with epilepsy. Individuals undergoing these tests are often inpatients with electroencephalography leads. We have routinely removed these leads because of concern that they would lead to imaging artifacts. Read More

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December 2018
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Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy with Lu-DOTATATE in Carcinoid Heart Disease: A Contraindication or a Promising Treatment Approach Bettering Chances for Corrective Surgery?

J Nucl Med Technol 2018 Sep 8;46(3):292-294. Epub 2018 Jun 8.

Radiation Medicine Centre (BARC), Tata Memorial Hospital Annexe, Parel, India; and Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, India

We report the gratifying response of functioning metastatic neuroendocrine tumor with carcinoid heart disease (uncontrolled by long-acting octreotide) to treatment with Lu-DOTATATE. This response favorably altered the clinical course of the patient, enabling corrective valvular surgery, enhancing health-related quality of life, improving symptoms (from New York Heart Association grade III at baseline to grade I after 6 cycles), stabilizing the disease, and substantially reducing the level of 5-hydroxyindole acetic acid. Avoiding concerns about volume overload by administering amino acids over a relatively prolonged period of 7. Read More

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September 2018
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