SNMMI Members Host Congressman Loebsack at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

March 18, 2019

On Friday March 15, SNMMI members David Dick, PhD, Michael Graham, MD, MBA, Laura Ponto, PhD, Jim Ponto, MS, RPh, BCNP, Jay Smith, NMT, and John Sunderland, PhD, hosted U.S. Congressman Dave Loebsack (D-IA-2) at the University of Iowa. Member experts lead the Congressman on a tour of the PET and Nuclear Medicine facilities and discussed the value and importance of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging at the university. Discussion highlights included how nuclear medicine and molecular imaging plays an essential role in diagnosing diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, heart and several different cancers. Following the tour, the group was able to voice some of the concerns they have faced regarding patient access to high value diagnostic radiopharmaceuticals. SNMMI members were grateful for the opportunity to show the Congressman around the facilities. SNMMI appreciates Congressman Loebsack’s commitment to engaging with constituents and looks forward to working with his team in the future.

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Congressman Loebsack with Michael Graham, MD, reviewing a Gallium-68 DOTATATE, diagnostic scan used for the localization of somatostatin receptor positive neuroendocrine tumors. In back row, David Dick, PhD, Dalton Clark (SNMMI policy staff), and John Sunderland, PhD.



David Dick, PhD, with Congressman Loebsack discussing the steps and components necessary to create a radiopharmaceutical kit. 



Congressman Loebsack and Michael Graham, MD, discussing the imaging modalities used in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. 


Laurie Ponto, PhD, discussing radiopharmaceutical uptake in the brain to diagnose possible Alzheimer's disease.