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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273700/statistics-refresher-for-molecular-imaging-technologists-part-1-testing-the-test
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Mary Beth Farrell
Molecular imaging technologists are faced with statistics on a daily basis because they image patients who have been selected for diagnostic testing based on analysis of how well the test performs, and because technical factors can influence the performance of any diagnostic test. Choosing what test procedure to perform on which patient is a matter of understanding the patient's pretest likelihood of disease, the performance characteristics of the diagnostic test, and other clinical factors which may impact the usefulness of the results...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29273697/nuclear-medicine-technology-undergraduate-research-methods
#2
Cybil J Nielsen
Introduction: The purpose of this article is to introduce nuclear medicine technology (NMT) educators to a method of incorporating research methodologies into the curriculum. Methods: The research methodology in the NMT program at Indiana University (IU) is taught in five steps (1. Introduction to research articles and statistics 2. Mock project and individual project design 3. Data collection 4. Writing the research paper 5. Presenting the abstract and mentoring new students). These steps could be combined for programs of shorter length or with credit hour restrictions...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226851/main-problems-and-suggested-solutions-for-improving-radiation-protection-in-medicine-in-ibero-american-countries-summary-of-an-international-conference-held-in-madrid-2016
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Eliseo Vano, Pablo Jimenez, Raul Ramirez, Javier Zarzuela, Ana Maria Larcher, Eduardo Gallego, Santiago Gonzalez, Maria Del Rosario Perez
During the International Conference on Radiation Protection in Medicine held in Bonn in 2012, several areas for improvement were identified, including specific actions related with justification, optimization, role of manufacturers, radiation protection education and training, strategic research, data collection on medical and occupational exposures, prevention of incidents and accidents, radiation safety culture, risk-benefit dialogue and implementation of the radiation safety standards. The outcomes of the Bonn Conference were summarized in the so-called 'Bonn Call for Action', identifying 10 priority actions to enhance RP in medicine...
December 11, 2017: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29203550/basic-review-of-radiation-biology-and-terminology
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REVIEW
Norman E Bolus
The purpose of this paper is to review basic radiation biology and associated terminology to impart a better understanding of the importance of basic concepts of ionizing radiation interactions with living tissue. As health care workers in a field that utilizes ionizing radiation, nuclear medicine technologists are concerned about the possible acute and chronic effects of occupational radiation exposure. Technologists should have a clear understanding of what they are exposed to and how their safety could be affected...
December 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151544/-creation-and-evaluation-of-educational-programs-for-additional-delayed-scan-of-fdg-pet-ct
#5
Ryota Wada, Takashi Kamiya, Kouichi Fujino, Junpei Ueda, Kayako Isohashi, Mitsuaki Tatsumi, Jun Hatazawa
Generally, FDG-PET/CT image is acquired at the 60th minute after tracer administration. Depending on the clinical case, additional delayed scans may be useful. However, it is difficult to judge whether additional delayed scan is useful or not. The purposes of this study were creation and evaluation of educational programs to help radiological technologists to decide the usefulness of additional delayed scan of FDG-PET/CT. METHODS: Educational programs consisted of the instructional materials and the judgment test of clinical cases...
2017: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127247/novel-method-to-detect-and-characterize-f-18-fdg-infiltrations-in-pet-injections-a-single-institution-experience
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Razi Muzaffar, Sarah A Frye, Anna Mcmunn, Kelley Ryan, Ron Lattanze, Medhat M Osman
Purpose: A novel Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) device provides Time Activity Curves (TACs) which can identify and characterize PET/CT radiotracer infiltrations during the uptake phase. The purpose of this study was to compare rates of infiltration detected by the device compared to standard PET image infiltration rates. We also aimed to assess the value of using the device to improve injection results in our center. Methods: 109 subjects were consented to the study. All subjects had passive device sensors applied to their skin near the injection site and mirrored on the contralateral arm during the entire uptake period...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29019450/cataract-risk-in-a-cohort-of-u-s-radiologic-technologists-performing-nuclear-medicine-procedures
#7
Marie-Odile Bernier, Neige Journy, Daphnee Villoing, Michele M Doody, Bruce H Alexander, Martha S Linet, Cari M Kitahara
Purpose To estimate the risk of cataract in a cohort of nuclear medicine (NM) radiologic technologists on the basis of their work histories and radiation protection practices. Materials and Methods In the years 2003-2005 and 2012-2013, 42 545 radiologic technologists from a U.S. prospective study completed questionnaires in which they provided information regarding their work histories and cataract histories. Cox proportional hazards models, stratified according to birth-year cohort (born before 1940 or born in 1940 or later) and adjusted for age, sex, and race, were used to estimate hazard ratios (HRs) for the risk of cataract in radiologic technologists according to NM work history practices according to decade...
October 11, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612078/an-insight-into-the-eanm-technologist-committee-benchmark-document-on-nuclear-medicine-technologists-competencies
#8
Pedro Fragoso Costa, Andrea Santos, Giorgio Testanera
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473461/nuclear-medicine-technologists-perception-and-current-assessment-of-quality-a-society-of-nuclear-medicine-and-molecular-imaging-technologist-section-survey
#9
REVIEW
April Mann, Mary Beth Farrell, Jessica Williams, Danny Basso
In 2015, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technologist Section (SNMMI-TS) launched a multiyear quality initiative to help prepare the technologist workforce for an evidence-based health-care delivery system that focuses on quality. To best implement the quality strategy, the SNMMI-TS first surveyed technologists to ascertain their perception of quality and current measurement of quality indicators. Methods: An internet survey was sent to 27,989 e-mail contacts. Questions related to demographic data, perceptions of quality, quality measurement, and opinions on the minimum level of education are discussed in this article...
June 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440052/doctoral-profile-of-the-medical-radiation-sciences-a-baseline-for-australia-and-new-zealand
#10
Ernest U Ekpo, Beverly Snaith, Martine A Harris, Mark F McEntee
INTRODUCTION: Research is critical to evidence-based practice, and the rapid developments in technology provide opportunities to innovate and improve practice. Little is known about the research profile of the medical radiation science (MRS) profession in Australia and New Zealand (NZ). This study provides a baseline of their doctoral activity. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey of MRS professionals in Australia and NZ holding a doctorate or undertaking doctoral studies, was performed using an online tool (Bristol Online Survey(®) , Bristol, UK)...
September 2017: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408700/contamination-a-major-problem-in-nuclear-medicine-imaging-how-to-investigate-handle-and-avoid-it
#11
REVIEW
Narvesh Kumar, Shashwat Verma, Rani Kunti R Singh, Deepanksha Datta, Subhash Chandra Kheruka, Sanjay Gambhir
We present a case study in which artifacts from collimator contamination and patient motion were seen on a bone scan. Any identified artifact must be further investigated and documented so as to detect its source and thus prevent its future occurrence.
September 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303693/the-opinions-of-radiographers-nuclear-medicine-technologists-and-radiation-therapists-regarding-technology-in-health-care-a-qualitative-study
#12
Sil Aarts, Forra Cornelis, Yke Zevenboom, Patrick Brokken, Nicole van de Griend, Miriam Spoorenberg, Wendy Ten Bokum, Eveline Wouters
INTRODUCTION: New technology is continuously introduced in health care. The aim of this study was (1) to collect the opinions and experiences of radiographers, nuclear medicine technologists and radiation therapists regarding the technology they use in their profession and (2) to acquire their views regarding the role of technology in their future practice. METHODS: Participants were recruited from five departments in five hospitals in The Netherlands. All radiographers, nuclear medicine therapists and radiation therapists who were working in these departments were invited to participate (n = 252)...
March 2017: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28258207/nuclear-medicine-technologist-scope-of-practice-and-performance-standards
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138746/nuclear-medicine-training-and-practice-in-turkey
#14
Zehra Ozcan, M Fani Bozkurt, Belkıs Erbas, Hatice Durak
Nuclear medicine applications in Turkey started in the early 1950s, grew as an independent medical discipline and finally were recognized by the Ministry of Health in 1973. Later on, the professional organization of nuclear medicine physicians and other related professionals including radiopharmacists and technologists under the Turkish Society of Nuclear Medicine were established in 1975. Recently after completing more than a half century in Turkey, nuclear medicine has proved to be a strong and evolving medical field with more than 600 physicians serving for the changing needs of clinical practice throughout these years...
May 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047006/mo-c-brb-04-observations-of-a-nuclear-radiologist-on-the-value-of-the-medical-physicist
#15
B Greenspan
With the profound changes currently occurring in medicine, the role of the medical physicist cannot stagnate, but must evolve to meet the challenges and opportunities that are presented. Medical physicists must understand these changes and establish themselves not only as relevant but as leaders in this new environment. We must increase our presence in clinical settings such as tumor boards, patient rounds, and the development of new diagnosis, imaging, and treatment techniques. By establishing ourselves as competent scientists, we can and must participate in the development of technologies through research, teaching, and clinical implementation...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046574/tu-h-206-01-an-automated-approach-for-identifying-geometric-distortions-in-gamma-cameras
#16
S Mann, J Nelson, E Samei
PURPOSE: To develop a clinically-deployable, automated process for detecting artifacts in routine nuclear medicine (NM) quality assurance (QA) bar phantom images. METHODS: An artifact detection algorithm was created to analyze bar phantom images as part of an ongoing QA program. A low noise, high resolution reference image was acquired from an x-ray of the bar phantom with a Philips Digital Diagnost system utilizing image stitching. NM bar images, acquired for 5 million counts over a 512×512 matrix, were registered to the template image by maximizing mutual information (MI)...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027166/ncrp-vision-for-the-future-and-program-area-committee-activities
#17
John D Boice
The National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP) believes that the most critical need for the nation in radiation protection is to train, engage, and retain radiation professionals for the future. Not only is the pipeline shrinking, but for some areas there is no longer a pipe! When the call comes to respond, there may be no one to answer the phone! The NCRP "Where are the Radiation Professionals?" initiative, Council Committee (CC) 2, and this year's annual meeting are to focus our efforts to find solutions and not just reiterate the problems...
February 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984539/validation-of-an-electronic-image-reader-training-programme-for-interpretation-of-18f-flutemetamol-%C3%AE-amyloid-pet-brain-images
#18
Christopher J Buckley, Paul F Sherwin, Adrian P L Smith, Jan Wolber, Sharon M Weick, David J Brooks
OBJECTIVES: An electronic training programme (ETP) was developed for interpretation of images during routine clinical use of the PET amyloid imaging agent [F]flutemetamol injection (VIZAMYL). This study was carried out to validate the ETP. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Five nuclear medicine technologists (NMTs) and five readers previously inexperienced in amyloid image interpretation were required to self-train using the ETP and pass a test to participate. A total of 305 [F]flutemetamol PET images were then tested as the validation set, following preassessment and reorientation (where required) by one of five NMTs...
March 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904875/history-and-perspectives-of-nuclear-medicine-in-bangladesh
#19
Raihan Hussain
Bangladesh is one of the smaller states in Asia. But it has a long and rich history of nuclear medicine for over sixty years. The progress in science and technology is always challenging in a developing country. In 1958, work for the first Nuclear Medicine facility was commenced in Dhaka in a tin-shed known as 'Radioisotope Centre' and was officially inaugurated in 1962. Since the late 50s of the last century nuclear medicine in Bangladesh has significantly progressed through the years in its course of development, but still the facilities are inadequate...
2016: Asia Oceania Journal of Nuclear Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27837124/a-multidiscipline-study-of-education-program-accreditation-type-and-certification-exam-performance
#20
Ben Babcock
PURPOSE: To examine the relationship between radiologic technologists' performance on 3 medical certification exams and the type of accredited education program they attended. METHODS: Data came from 3 certification exam programs administered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT). The author used simple means and mixed-effect models to analyze 13 years of data. RESULTS: The difference in performance between programs with and without programmatic accreditation, as modeled with linear mixed-effect models, amounted to approximately 2 exam questions out of 200 for radiography, no difference for nuclear medicine technology, and approximately 4 questions out of 200 for radiation therapy...
November 2016: Radiologic Technology
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