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On behalf of the leadership of the SNMMI Technologist Section, I want to express my sincere appreciation to all of you. As our normal lives have been flipped upside down in the last three weeks and have continued to evolve from day to day, you have remained strong, resilient and focused on caring for your patients—as you always do.
We have been asked, as members of the medical community, to withstand the most devastating pandemic since the turn of the century. Some of us have been asked to alter how we teach, others of us have lost our jobs, and in the worst situations, some of us have had to leave our nuclear medicine responsibilities and move to the front line to help as our hospitals became overwhelmed by patients affected with the COVID-19 virus. However, I continue to hear from you that you are staying positive—you are working with your colleagues across departments and fields to continue to serve and provide comfort to not only your patients but also your friends and family. Read the full letter.
New! Brain Imaging Tech TIME
The new Tech TIME (Technical Imaging Multidisciplinary Education) series has been created by the SNMMI Technologist Section to address the information gap between traditional continuing education and immediately available online reference materials. This series begins with brain imaging procedures in nuclear medicine and PET.
The goal of the Tech TIME is to provide you with accurate and up to date online tools to quickly solve questions and problems. These great resources will include easy-to-read fact sheets, 2-3 minute video vignettes to answer specific “how-to” questions, case studies with relevant patient examples, and a valuable directory for follow up-learning or continuing education credit.
Funded by a partnership grant from Eli Lilly & Company to create non-credit training/informational tools about PET brain imaging for technologists.
SNMMI educational programs are designed to meet the professional development needs of technologists in the field of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging, as well as providing them with continuing education credit opportunities. SNMMI is an ARRT-recognized conitinuing education mechanism (RCEEMs) provider through the Society's Verification Of Involvement in Continuing Education (VOICE) program.
Designed specifically for technologists and complimentary for SNMMI-TS members, the Anatomy Webinar Series features 5 one-hour webinars, with detailed explanations on how tracers impact the different anatomical structures as well as what is considered normal and abnormal biodistribution. Each section of the body will have its own dedicated presentation displaying the anatomical notations that are useful in a clinical setting. 1 VOICE Credit available per webinar.
SNMMI’s new Radiation Safety+ Review and Essentials program provides a comprehensive overview of all aspects of radiation safety for nuclear medicine technologists preparing to take the NMTCB’s Radiation Safety Certification Examination. The 5 module/7.75 VOICE credit course includes a 150 question mock exam lets you assess what you've learned. Unlike the CT exam, there are no specific didactic requirements for those sitting for this exam.
Whether you're looking to build your general CT knowledge, or preparing to sit for the ARRT (CT) and/or NMTCB (CT) exam(s), CT+ Review and Essentials provides you with the comprehensive didactic education you need to succeed. CT+ Review and Essentials gives you an 18 module/17 credit course focused on contrast administration, cross-sectional anatomy, physics and instrumentation, radiation safety, dosimetry, and more! Plus, a post-course mock exam lets you assess what you've learned!
Myocardial Perfusion Imaging: Quality, Safety, and Dose Optimization offers comprehensive coverage of myocardial perfusion imaging, with particular focus on ways to improve quality, increase safety, and reduce radiation burden. Written by experienced nuclear medicine technologists and physicians, this is an easy-to-use reference that will give new insights to even the most tenured technologists.
Abdominal Imaging: Quality, Safety, & Dose Optimization focuses on ways to improve quality, increase safety, and reduce radiation burden in abdominal imaging. It is designed as an easy reference that will give new insights to even the most tenured technologists. Each chapter explains general guidelines, offering more depth where needed. It is written by nuclear medicine technologists and physicians who have in-depth knowledge of the complexities of abdominal imaging. It is written to be understandable and useful to all levels of nuclear medicine professionals
Introducing a new member-benefit. Stay on top of the latest trends and advancements in the profession with quarterly technologist-focused webinars—free for SNMMI-TS members.
Price recently reduced! The PET Online Review Workshop is designed to help prepare technologists for the NMTCB's PET Exam. Following the NMTCB's content outline, the workshop offers a comprehensive review of both PET and PET/CT.
The spectrum of responsibilities for a nuclear medicine technologist varies widely across the United States. Practice components presented in this document provide a basis for establishing the areas of knowledge and performance for the nuclear medicine technologist. The nuclear medicine technologist must be in compliance with all federal, state, and institutional guidelines, including proper documentation of initial and continued competency in those practices and activities.
Continuing education is a necessary component in maintaining the skills required to perform all duties and tasks of the nuclear medicine technologist in this ever-evolving field.
The Nuclear Medicine Technologist Scope of Practice and Performance Standards document is intended to set forth the standards in important areas of the nuclear medicine technologist’s responsibilities. It may not cover all areas which may present themselves in actual practice. These standards do not supersede the judgment of the individual nuclear medicine technologist and other healthcare professionals serving the patient in light of all of the facts of the individual case. THE SOCIETY OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND MOLECULAR IMAGING AND THE SOCIETY OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND MOLECULAR IMAGING TECHNOLOGIST SECTION DISCLAIM ALL LIABILITY ARISING FROM USE OF THESE DOCUMENTS.
NMT Scope of Practice and Performance Standards - Approved May 2020
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The nuclear medicine and molecular imaging technologists are highly specialized healthcare professionals who works closely with the nuclear medicine physician. Some of the technologist’s primary responsibilities are to: Prepare and administer radioactive chemical compounds, known as radiopharmaceuticals and to administer adjunctive medications in order to perform patient imaging procedures using sophisticated instrumentation; Process data and enhance digital images using advanced computer technology; Provide images, data analysis, and patient information to the physician for diagnostic interpretation; and Evaluate new procedures for appropriateness in specific clinical settings and patient populations.
The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Technologist Section as part of the SNMMI, is constantly striving to make a difference in the way nuclear medicine and molecular imaging technologists receive academic and continuing education as well as information concerning new procedures, technologies and equipment. Research has been a vital part of SNMMI-TS activities for many years, as has monitoring federal regulation and influencing decisions that affect the practice of nuclear medicine.
In addition to providing discussion forums and publishing journals, newsletters and books, SNMMI-TS also sponsors international meetings and workshops designed to increase the competencies of nuclear medicine practitioners and to promote new scientific advances. The activities of the SNMMI-TS National Council of Representatives, volunteer committee members, and staff focus on improving the quality of care for the patients served by technologists around the world.
Researchers from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre have developed a simplified dosimetry method that could enhance personalization of cancer therapy based on a single posttreatment scan.
A Virtual Celebration of Life will take place on Friday, August 14, 2020 to honor molecular imaging pioneer Sanjiv “Sam” Gambhir, MD, PhD, who passed away on Saturday, July 18, from cancer.
A new alpha-radioimmunotherapy, 212Pb-anti-CD38, has proven effective in preventing tumor growth and increasing survival in multiple myeloma tumor-bearing mice, according to research published in JNM.
More than a dozen patient advocacy organizations and medical societies have formed a coalition to promote public health by encouraging patients to seek necessary screenings, vaccinations, scans, and treatments that have been put off as a result of concerns about COVID-19.
The SNMMI-TS is excited to present a one-of-kind webinar that focuses on YOU! The last several months have provided challenging for everyone around the world. Regardless of your current situation, the world as we knew it is no more. During these unprecedented times it is important to remember to focus on yourself. As many nuclear medicine professionals go back to work, increase their working hours to accommodate increased scheduling demands, or alter their teaching and training schedules, we want to make sure that you have the tools you need to be successful and stay mentally healthy.