Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online (NEO)                    Volume 5, No. 4              May 2007

FDA Calls for Black Box Warning on Gadolinium
MRI gadolinium based contrast agents may soon carry black box warnings describing the risk of developing nephrogenic systemic fibrosis for patients with severe renal disease. For more information....
First MR/PET Hybrid Scanner
Siemens Medical demonstrated a prototype for the world’s first fully-functioning imaging system capable of performing simultaneously MRI and PET.  Recent hybrid technologies such as PET•CT and SPECT•CT incorporate both imaging modalities into one machine, but the two scans take place sequentially. Siemens’ prototype MR-PET acquires MR and PET scans at the same time for the same imaging volume and therefore produces a higher degree of registration.  Researchers expect that MR-PET will open new doors in understanding the pathologies and progression of various neurological disorders like Alzheimers, Parkinsons, epilepsy, depression and schizophrenia.  For more information...
Don't Forget to Vote
APhA members can cast their votes for APhA leadership positions until July 16th.  This year we have the opportunity to elect Nicki Hilliard, a nuclear pharmacist, as President of the APhA Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management, which also serves on the APhA Board of Directors.  "I would appreciate your vote and support" -  Nicki

June 3 Molecular Imaging Week
June 2-6 SNM 54th Annual Meeting
Washington, DC
June 6-10 Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine, Annual Meeting, Providence, RI
June 14-15 European Society for Molecular Imaging Conference, Naples, Italy
July 2-6 Nuclear Medicine Update, Amelia Island, FL
July 21-22 Viva Las Vegas - 2007
July 30 Application deadline for Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology
Aug. 20 Re-Certification deadline for Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology
Sept. 24 Late application deadline for  Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology
Dec. 3-8 Exam dates for Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology



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