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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303693/the-opinions-of-radiographers-nuclear-medicine-technologists-and-radiation-therapists-regarding-technology-in-health-care-a-qualitative-study
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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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March 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138746/nuclear-medicine-training-and-practice-in-turkey
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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...
January 31, 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27707869/a-work-observation-study-of-nuclear-medicine-technologists-interruptions-resilience-and-implications-for-patient-safety
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George Larcos, Mirela Prgomet, Andrew Georgiou, Johanna Westbrook
BACKGROUND: Errors by nuclear medicine technologists during the preparation of radiopharmaceuticals or at other times can cause patient harm and may reflect the impact of interruptions, busy work environments and deficient systems or processes. We aimed to: (a) characterise the rate and nature of interruptions technologists experience and (b) identify strategies that support safety. METHODS: We performed 100 hours of observation of 11 technologists at a major public hospital and measured the proportions of time spent in eight categories of work tasks, location of task, interruption rate and type and multitasking (tasks conducted in parallel)...
October 5, 2016: BMJ Quality & Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27634979/recommendations-for-nuclear-medicine-technologists-drawn-from-an-analysis-of-errors-reported-in-australian-radiation-incident-registers
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Nicole Kearney, Gary Denham
When a radiation incident occurs in nuclear medicine in Australia, the incident is reported to the relevant state or territory authority, which performs an investigation and sends its findings to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency. The agency then includes these data in its Australian Radiation Incident Register and makes them available to the public as an annual summary report on its website. The aim of this study was to analyze the radiation incidents included in these annual reports and in the publically available state and territory registers, identify any recurring themes, and make recommendations to minimize future incidents...
December 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27601414/a-bridge-not-too-far-linking-disciplines-through-molecular-imaging-probes
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REVIEW
John F Valliant
The field of nuclear medicine will rely increasingly on the discovery, proper evaluation, and clinical use of molecular imaging probes and on collaborations. Collaborations will include new initiatives among experts already involved in the field and with researchers, technologists, and clinicians from different areas of science and medicine. This article serves to highlight some of the opportunities in which molecular imaging and nuclear medicine in conjunction with probe development, new imaging technologies, and multidisciplinary collaborations can have a significant impact on health care and basic science from the perspective of a person involved in probe development...
September 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27572926/current-status-of-nuclear-cardiology-practice-in-latin-america-and-the-caribbean
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Diana Paez, Amalia Peix, Pilar Orellana, Joao Vitola, Fernando Mut, Claudia Gutiérrez, Crosby Plaza, Tarik Becic, Maurizio Dondi, Enrique Estrada
The burden of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) in the world is ever growing. They represent the first cause of death worldwide and in Latin America. Nuclear cardiology has a well-established role in the management of patient with CVDs and is being increasingly integrated into the healthcare systems in the region. However, there remains variability as to the infrastructure available across the countries, in terms of existing technology, radiopharmaceuticals, and human resources. The approximate number of gamma (γ) cameras in the region is 1348, with an average of 2...
August 29, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27495913/effect-of-dosimeter-s-position-on-occupational-radiation-extremity-dose-measurement-for-nuclear-medicine-workers-during-18-f-fdg-preparation-for-pet-ct
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Fabien Salesses, Paul Perez, Aline E Maillard, Julie Blanchard, Sabine Mallard, Laurence Bordenave
BACKGROUND: The recent spread of positron emission tomography-computed tomography (PET/CT) poses extremity dosimetry challenges. The question arose whether the radiation dose measured by the ring thermoluminescent dosimeter usually worn on the proximal phalanx (P1) of the index finger measures doses that are representative of the true doses received by the upper extremities of the operators. A prospective individual dosimetry study was performed in which the personal equivalent dose Hp (0...
December 2016: EJNMMI Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27408901/nuclear-medicine-in-the-philippines-a-glance-at-the-past-a-gaze-at-the-present-and-a-glimpse-of-the-future
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Patricia A Bautista, Teofilo O L San Luis
While the introduction of radioactive tracers in the study of metabolic pathways has been well-documented in clinical thyroidology as early as 1924, the widespread utilization in other clinical specialties has been hampered by slow developments in radiation-detecting devices and in the production of appropriate radiopharmaceuticals, in addition to the morbid fear of radiation. In the Philippines, the first radioisotope laboratory was established in 1956. Ten years later, the Philippine Society of Nuclear Medicine was formed...
2016: Asia Oceania Journal of Nuclear Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27268320/a-novel-timesaving-method-for-hepatobiliary-imaging-for-suspected-acute-cholecystitis
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Shawn S Carter, Syed Ramisa Ehsan, Richard Duszak, Daniel J Lee, Fabio P Esteves, David C Brandon, Raghuveer K Halkar
OBJECTIVE: To optimize resource utilization of cholescintigraphy for suspected acute cholecystitis with a time-saving method without a loss in diagnostic accuracy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Institutional review board approval was obtained for this retrospective study. Hepatobiliary imaging data for 81 patients with suspected acute cholecystitis were recalled for modification into 2 summed static images, using only the first and last 5 minutes of the dynamic images, thereby eliminating the middle 50 minutes of imaging data...
January 2017: Current Problems in Diagnostic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27237444/structure-and-activities-of-nuclear-medicine-in-kuwait
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REVIEW
Abdelhamid H Elgazzar, Azuwuike Owunwanne, Saud Alenezi
The practice of nuclear medicine in Kuwait began in 1965 as a clinic for treating thyroid diseases. The practice developed gradually and until 1981 when the Faculty of Medicine established the Division of Nuclear Medicine in the Department of Radiology, which later became a separate department responsible for establishing and managing the practice in all hospitals of Kuwait. In 1987, a nuclear medicine residency program was begun and it is administered by Kuwait Institute for Medical Specializations originally as a 4-year but currently as a 5-year program...
July 2016: Seminars in Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27237437/current-status-of-nuclear-medicine-practice-in-the-middle-east
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REVIEW
Diana Paez, Tarik Becic, Uday Bhonsle, Amir R Jalilian, Rodolfo Nuñez-Miller, Joao Alberto Osso
The practice of nuclear medicine (NM) in the Middle East region has experienced an important growth in the last 2 decades and has become crucial in providing healthcare to the region's population of about 395 million people. Even though there are some countries in which the services provided are limited to basic coverage of studies with (99m)Tc and (131)I, most have well-established practices covering most of the available studies in this medical specialty; this is the case in for example, Iran, Israel, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey...
July 2016: Seminars in Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27218293/historical-patterns-in-the-types-of-procedures-performed-and-radiation-safety-practices-used-in-nuclear-medicine-from-1945-2009
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Miriam E Van Dyke, Vladimir Drozdovitch, Michele M Doody, Hyeyeun Lim, Norman E Bolus, Steven L Simon, Bruce H Alexander, Cari M Kitahara
The authors evaluated historical patterns in the types of procedures performed in diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine and the associated radiation safety practices used from 1945-2009 in a sample of U.S. radiologic technologists. In 2013-2014, 4,406 participants from the U.S. Radiologic Technologists (USRT) Study who previously reported working with medical radionuclides completed a detailed survey inquiring about the performance of 23 diagnostic and therapeutic radionuclide procedures and the use of radiation safety practices when performing radionuclide procedure-related tasks during five time periods: 1945-1964, 1965-1979, 1980-1989, 1990-1999, and 2000-2009...
July 2016: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27192801/-human-resource-development-for-tohoku-region-after-great-east-japan-earthquake-remarks-of-the-chairperson
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REVIEW
Hiroki Shimura
In order to promote further advances of medical systems in the Tohoku region where the Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant occurred, the requirement of human resources in clinical laboratory medicine has increased. Therefore, the symposium entitled "Human resource development for Tohoku region after Great East Japan Earthquake" was held in The 47th Tohoku Regional Congress of Japanese Society of Laboratory Medicine. In Fukushima Prefecture, the Thyroid Ultrasound Examination program has been conducted since Oct...
January 2016: Rinsho Byori. the Japanese Journal of Clinical Pathology
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