SNMMI Technologist Section Announces Award Winners

August 17, 2015

Technologists recognized for outstanding education and service to the nuclear medicine field

Reston, Va.—The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s Technologist Section (SNMMI-TS)—an international scientific and medical organization—recognized contributions to and work in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging during its 2015 Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Md. Several awards ceremonies were held to recognize the value that SNMMI-TS members play in advancing the discipline of nuclear medicine technology.

SNMMI-TS Outstanding Technologist Award

Paul E. Christian, CNMT, BS, PET, FSNMMI-TS, is the director of the PET Cyclotron Radiochemistry Laboratory at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah. Beginning in 1999, he established the first dedicated PET scanner in his geographic region and also set up the first cyclotron facility in the Intermountain area. He has been an active instructor for many years training technologists, pharmacists, residents, and fellows. His primary research interests are in instrumentation and new imaging techniques and he has published more than 200 papers and abstracts. He has also published many books and book chapters on nuclear medicine.

SNMMI-TS Outstanding Educator Award

Germaine C. Frosolone, CNMT, RT(N), AS, BS, was awarded the SNMMI-TS Outstanding Educator Award. Frosolone has been a professor of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Program at Gateway Community College in New Haven, Conn. for more than 20 years and also serves as clinical coordinator for the program. Frosolone has been an active member of the SNMMI-TS since 1997 and was instrumental in the development of the SNMMI-TS New England Chapter student program.

Presidential Distinguished Service Award

The 2015 SNMMI-TS Distinguished Service Award was presented to Mary Beth Farrell, MS, CNMT, NCT, FSNMMI-TS, and Lynne T. Roy, MBA, CNMT, FSNMMI-TS.

Farrell is the director of research at the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission. She has more than two decades of experience in the field of nuclear medicine. She has worked in a full range of clinical settings, including hospital, research institution, private practice, and industry. Farrell is an active member of the SNMMI-TS, serving on the Advocacy and Publications Committees. 

Roy is currently the director of medical imaging at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She has been a guest lecturer at many international meetings and is the author of many articles. She is past president of the SNMMI-TS and currently serves as the chair of the SNMMI-TS Advocacy Committee.

SNMMI-TS President’s Plaque

April Mann, MBA, CNMT, NCT, RT(N), FSNMMI-TS, was awarded the SNMMI-TS president’s plaque and gavel for her service as 2014-2015 president for the section. Mann is manager of non-invasive cardiology at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn.

Since 1997, Mann has served in many positions in the SNMMI-TS, including Finance Committee chair and on the Membership and Publications Committees. An active member of the SNMMI-TS New England Chapter, Mann has also served her region since 1996, including as 2012-2013 president of the chapter and as administrator for the past 14 years.

SNMMI-TS Fellowship Awards

The following individuals were inducted into the Fellow category. These are members of the SNMMI-TS who have demonstrated leadership and have made a significant contribution to the profession of nuclear medicine technology at the national level. SNMMI-TS selects Fellows based on demonstrating exemplary contributions in the following areas: participation in professional activities, education, professional experience, professional contributions and civic activities. Fellowships are awarded at the SNMMI-TS Annual Business Meeting each year during SNMMI’s Annual Meeting. SNMMI-TS Fellowship awardees receive a memorial plaque and pin signifying their Fellow status.

Tina Buehner, MS, CNMT, RT(N)(CT), FSNMMI-TS, is the nuclear medicine supervisor for Loyola University Health System's Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Ill. A graduate of the SNMMI-TS 2010 Leadership Academy, Buehner is the current the president of the SNMMI-TS Central Chapter.

Bryan Kerr, CNMT, PET, NCT, RT(N)(CT), FSNMMI-TS, is a nuclear medicine, CT, and PET/CT technologist at Indiana University Health Goshen Hospital. He has been involved in many committees on both the chapter and national level, and has served on the NMTCB and SNMMI PET Center of Excellence boards. He is a contributing author to one book and has had many abstracts and articles published in the past.

Jessica Williams, CNMT, RT(N), FSNMMI-TS, is a nuclear medicine technologist working at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is currently serving as the secretary, PDEF chair, and bylaws chair of the SNMMI-TS. She received the Presidential Distinction Award in 2014 and in 2015, the Presidential Special Recognition Award for organizing the inaugural SNMMI-TS Hot Trot 5K. She has contributed to three books and is a prolific speaker at national and regional SNMMI-TS meetings.

JNMT Best Papers for 2014

Norman E. Bolus, MSPH, MPH, CNMT, editor-in­-chief of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology (JNMT), and members of the journal’s board of editors selected the following three research papers as JNMT’s “Best Papers for 2014.” The awards were presented on June 9 at the annual business meeting of the SNMMI Technologist Sec­tion.

  • Asal Shafi, Ola Thorsson, and Lars Edenbrandt. New routine for nuclear medicine technologists to determine when to add SPECT/CT to a whole-body bone scan J Nucl Med Technol. 2014;42:28–32.
  • Aaron Fergu­son, Jonathan McConathy, Yi Su, Debra Hewing, and Richard Laforest. Attenuation effects of MR headphones during brain PET/ MR studies. J Nucl Med Technol. 2014;42:93–100.
  • Mag­gie M. Michenfelder,  Lucas J. Bartlett, Douglas W. Mahoney, Thomas J. Herold, and Joseph C. Hung. Particle-size and radiochem­ical purity evaluations of filtered 99mTc-sulfur colloid prepared with different heating times. J Nucl Med Technol. 2014;42:283–288. 

In addition, the following paper was selected as JNMT Editors’ Choice Award for Best Continuing Education Paper in 2014.

  • Jennifer Lynne Prekeges. Sweating the small stuff: pitfalls in the use of radiation detection instruments. J Nucl Med Technol. 2014; 42:81–89.

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