Announcement: SNMMI Annual Meeting


Dear SNMMI Members,

I am excited to share with you a reimagined SNMMI 2020 Annual Meeting—Virtual Edition.

This truly innovative virtual experience, to be held July 11–14, will be free for all SNMMI members, with discounted registration available for nonmembers.

The interactive virtual platform will allow you to attend live continuing education sessions, review and listen to hundreds of scientific abstracts on demand, peruse a cutting-edge exhibit hall, and attend networking events—all in a flexible format designed to meet the needs of your schedule. I am truly excited about this exceptional and innovative program, with a wealth of current and valuable information presented by nuclear medicine and molecular imaging experts from around the world.

FAQs are available here, and a detailed announcement, with full program and registration details, will be sent out tomorrow.

I want to thank you for your patience as we traversed uncharted territory during this pandemic. The New Orleans mayor and the Louisiana governor have sent clear signals that they do not expect the city to be ready to host large conventions in the immediate future. Governor John Bel Edwards plans to leave the makeshift COVID-19 health care facility at the New Orleans Convention Center, our original meeting venue, in place for the time being because of potential concerns for an uptick in cases in the fall or winter. These circumstances have compelled us to cancel the in-person meeting.

I am most grateful for your continued commitment to and support of the Society. I wish you and your families continued health and safety and look forward to connecting with each of you virtually this July. Please join me and your colleagues from across the globe in what is sure to be a robust and groundbreaking Annual Meeting—as always reflecting the very latest and best in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging.

Sincerely,

Vasken Dilsizian, MD
SNMMI President

Nuclear Medicine–Specific Information

NOTE: See next tab for recent articles on nuclear medicine and COVID-19.


COVID Forum

Nuclear Medicine Used for COVID
  • Radioimmunotherapy may help treat COVID-19 (June 16) 
    Monopar Therapeutics and NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes have announced a collaboration to develop potential radioimmunotherapeutics to treat severe COVID-19.

Nuclear Medicine Webinars
SNMMI COVID-19 Industry Partners Satellite Symposium Webinars
Nuclear Medicine Guidelines
COVID-Related Advocacy
Radioisotope Supply
Ventilation/Perfusion (V/Q) Studies

The Journal of Nuclear Medicine (JNM) 

The Impact of COVID‐19 on the Health‐Care Workforce: From Heroes to Zeroes? (Ahead of print) New
Johannes Czernin

  • Hospitals and the healthcare workforce have received some support during the COVID-19 pandemic, but much more will need to be done.

Peptide Receptor Radionuclide Therapy (PRRT) During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Are There Any Concerns?  New (Ahead of print) 
Lisa Bodei, Emily K. Bergsland, Wouter K. de Herder, Diego Ferone, Rodney J. Hicks, Thomas A. Hope, Jolanta A. Kunikowska, Marianne Pavel, Diane L Reidy-Lagunes, Jens Siveke, Jonathan R. Strosberg, Ulf Dittmer and Ken Herrmann

  • The authors discuss risk factors for COVID-19 severity with regard to PRRT, focusing on the question of whether lymphopenia increases risk of infection-related morbidity.

Overcoming the COVID-19 Crisis and Planning for the Future (Ahead of print) New
Steven H LoGiudice, Allison Liebhaber, and Heiko Schöder

  • The healthcare economy is not insulated from events affecting the overall economy. The authors address how healthcare organizations can approach some of the COVID-19-related uncertainties and adjust their planning accordingly.

COVID-19 and Pulmonary Embolism: Diagnostic Imaging Trends (Ahead of print) New
Sedighe Karimzadeh, Akshay Raut, and Huy Nguyen Tien

  • Comments on May JNM article, "Diagnostic Evaluation of Pulmonary Embolism During the COVID-19 Pandemic"

Guidance and Best Practices for Nuclear Cardiology Laboratories During the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Pandemic: An Information Statement from ASNC and SNMMI (June 2020)
Hicham Skali, Venkatesh L. Murthy, Mouaz H. Al-Mallah, Tim M. Bateman, Rob Beanlands, Nathan Better, Dennis A. Calnon, Vasken Dilsizian, Alessia Gimelli, Robert Pagnanelli, Donna M. Polk, Prem Soman, Randall C. Thompson, Andrew J. Einstein, and Sharmila Dorbala

  • In this information statement, SNMMI and the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) address the practice of nuclear cardiology in the setting of the current COVID-19 pandemic, reflecting the perspectives of diverse practices across the United States and worldwide.

Yttrium-90 Radioembolization: Telemedicine During the COVID-19 Outbreak, Opportunity for Prime Time (June 2020)
Lawrence Han Hwee Quek, Anbalagan Kannivelu, and Uei Pua

  • Telemedicine can be expounded to bridge the gap in this time of contingency.

The role of Nuclear Medicine for COVID-19 – Time to Act Now (June 2020)
Freimut D Juengling, Antonio Maldonado, Frank Wuest, and Thomas Hellmut Schindler

  • As a nuclear medicine community, we should actively participate in improving care for COVID-19 patients.

Dr. Li Wenliang and the Time of COVID-19 (May 2020)
Johannes Czernin

  • Nuclear medicine clinics are usually very safe, low-risk, low-stress environments. This has changed now as each patient can be infected, and staff members can be asymptomatic carriers or become symptomatic while providing services. 

Nuclear Medicine Operations in the Times of COVID-19: Strategies, Precautions and Experiences (May 2020)
Johannes Czernin, Stefano Fanti, Philipp T. Meyer, Martin Allen-Auerbach, Marcus Hacker, Mike Sathekge, Rodney Hicks, Andrew M. Scott, Jun HatazawaMijin Yun, Heiko Schöder, Peter Bartensteinand Ken Herrmann

  • An overview of different approaches from leading nuclear medicine experts for containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus to help support your decision making.

Incidental Findings Suggestive of COVID-19 in Asymptomatic Patients Undergoing Nuclear Medicine Procedures in a High Prevalence Region (May 2020)
Domenico Albano, Francesco Bertagna, Mattia Bertolia, Giovanni Bosio, Silvia Lucchini, Federica Motta, Maria Beatrice Panarotto, Alessia Peli, Luca Camoni, Frank M. Bengel, and Raffaele Giubbini

  • For patients undergoing essential nuclear medicine procedures, incidental findings can suggest signs of COVID-19.

Diagnostic Evaluation of Pulmonary Embolism During the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 2020)
Lionel S. Zuckier, Renée M. Moadel, Linda B. Haramati, and Leonard Freeman 

  • Recommendations for ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology (JNMT)
 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: What Nuclear Medicine Departments Should Know (June 2020) 
Gopinath Gnanasegaran, Hian Liang Huang, Jessica Williams, and Jamshed Bomanji

  • Hospitals and departments should have a standard operating procedure in place for staff who image patients suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19. The purpose of this article is to discuss and review precautions and safety measures for nuclear medicine department staff in managing patients with known or suspected COVID-19.

From One Technologist to Another – COVID-19 Questions Answered (June 2020) 
Dmitry D. Beyder, Mark H. Crosthwaite, James Crowley, Lyndsi M. Hay, Kimberly Kerrylin Jackson, Nancy McDonald, Lynne T. Roy, Tricia Peters, and Nikki Wenzel-Lamb

  • To provide guidance to the community, SNMMI-TS interviewed eight nuclear medicine technologists from around the country.

Divide and Conquer: Strategies to Manage a Nuclear Medicine Department during COVID‐19 (June 2020)
Wei Y Tham, Aaron KT Tong, Kelvin SH Loke, Liyi Chio, Gabriel KY Lim, Xin Y Seah, David CE Ng, Sean XX Yan, Winnie WC Lam

  • The authors share their experience in managing the coronavirus epidemic at the Nuclear Medicine Department at Singapore General Hospital.

Uptake

Lung Scintigraphy in the Era of COVID-19 and Chronic Thromboembolic Pulmonary Hypertension (May 8)
J. Anthony Parker, MD, PhD, and Kevin J. Donohoe, MD

  • This article discusses two recent developments related to lung scintigraphy: the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and the increase in requests for lung ventilation/perfusion scintigraphy for the diagnosis and management of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension.

Other Nuclear Medicine Journals

Added value of 18F-FDG PET/CT in a SARS-CoV-2-infected complex case with persistent fever (May 16, ahead of print)
Christel H. Kamani, Mario Jreige, Martin Pappon, Arnaud Fischbacher, Olivier Borens, Pierre Monney, Marie Nicod Lalonde, Niklaus Schaefer, and John O. Prior 

Key elements of preparedness for pandemic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in nuclear medicine units (April 21 ahead of print)
Majid Assadi, Ali Gholamrezanezhad, Narges Jokar, Mohsen Keshavarz, Maria Picchio, Ettore Seregni, Emilio Bombardieri, and Arturo Chiti

Training and Certification

Technologist Program Director COVID-19 Informational WebinarThis April 19 webinar provides information about credentialing during the COVID-19 epidemic.

Panel:

—Jennifer Prekeges, MS, CNMT, Moderator
—Jerry Reid, PhD, Executive Director, American Registry of Radiologic Technologists
—Katie Neal, BS, MS, Executive Director, Nuclear Medicine Technologist Certification Board
—Jan Winn, MEd, RT(N), CNMT, Executive Director, JRCNMT


American Association of Physicists in Medicine

  • All AAPM in-person meetings, plans for AAPM funded travel and meetings of other groups at HQ are to be canceled through April 30, 2020. Find more information here.
  • Update for graduate program directors regarding recent developments in graduate medical physics education in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (March 18)

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)

  • ABMS reaffirms support for physicians to focus their priorities on patients, families, and the communities they serve. (March 26)

American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM)

American Board of Radiology 

American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine

  • The ABSNM currently plans to give the General and Specialty Examinations as scheduled on June 12, 2020 in New Orleans, Louisiana. See more updates here.

American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)

  • ARRT COVID-19 Update: ARRT is closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and how it could affect students and RTs. RTs who have questions related to their postprimary eligibility pathway requirements, renewals, CQR, or other issues should log on to their online accounts first to see if they’ve received an update specific to their concerns.  

American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)

JRCNMT

  • The JRCNMT is closely monitoring the latest information regarding the COVID-19 virus and considering its potential impact on programs and site visits. Find information here.

Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB)


Resources for Residents

Resources for Students

Government Resources

World Health Organization (WHO)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)

Department of Defense

Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR)

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

National Academy of Medicine (NAM)

National Cancer Institute (NCI)

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Science Foundation

Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Other Resources

American College of Physicians

American College of Radiology

American Medical Association

Association of American Medical Colleges

COVID-19 Data Websites

DOTmed

ECRI

Elsevier Novel Coronavirus Information Center

European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

MIM Software

  • During the pandemic, MIM Software is making free licenses available to its users so they can work from home. Request a license.

North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (NANETS)

Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)


Sterilizing Masks for Reuse

These articles may be helpful if you need to stretch your supply of respirators. See also ECRI video above and CDC article under Government Resources tab. Please note: Several of these articles are preprints and have not yet been peer reviewed. Accordingly, they are provided for informational purposes only and should not be used to guide clinical practice.


Upcoming Webinars

Industry Outlook on Current and Future Mo-99 Supply

Thursday, July 9, 2020 | 1:00-2:30 pm ET | Learn more 

Attend this complimentary webinar and hear about the current status and future outlook for the supply of Moly-99 and Tech-99. Panelists will provide publicly available information on their companies’ activities to support a reliable and sustainable supply of Mo-99 for patients now and well into the future. In addition, potential future Mo-99 producers will provide publicly available information to update attendees on their respective projects. 


SNMMI National Office Status

Updated March 18, 2020

All in-person events sponsored by the society in March and April, including the SNMMI Board of Directors meeting, will now be held virtually. With our extensive experience in hosting webinars and online meetings, we are confident that these virtual functions will prove both effective and engaging, furthering our goal of improving human health through nuclear medicine, molecular imaging and radionuclide therapy.

We have taken appropriate precautions to keep our leadership and staff safe. We have cancelled all non-essential travel and limited in-person meetings. Staff are working remotely, and the society remains 100% operational and ready to serve you. This means you can still access any and all online services and call or email with membership and customer service related inquiries.



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We are here to help. We are regularly polling members to find out what challenges you are facing and how SNMMI can support you.
Please contact us with any issues or questions at covidhelp@snmmi.org, and we will do everything within our power to assist.