Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online (NEO)                    Volume 2, No. 9       November 2004

Tyco Announces New Position
Tyco Healthcare/ Mallinckrodt has announced the creation of a new position, Director of Pharmacy Operations.  To learn more about this position and other opportunities you can visit The Nuclear Pharmacy website.
Kathy Seifert Leaving Cardinal Health
Kathy Seifert will be leaving her position as the director of the Quality and Regulatory department at CH at the end of December to join Seifert and Associates, a managed care consulting firm she will operate with her husband, Randy. Kathy has served as an officer in the Nuclear Pharmacy Section of the APhA and on many different committees and councils within the Society of Nuclear Medicine. She was involved with the ACMUI in providing critical input to NRC on the regulations pertaining to nuclear medicine and nuclear pharmacy.  Educating and training pharmacists and technicians is one of the legacies that Kathy will leave with the business. She was the driving force in establishing or enhancing many of the education efforts we now enjoy within nuclear pharmacy.  We would like to thank Kathy for over 25 years of service to the profession!
PET Scans Identify People at Risk for Alzheimer's Disease
Using brain imaging, researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have found clear differences in brain function between healthy people who carry a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and those who lack the factor.  For more information...

Jan. 27-30 SNM Mid-Winter Meeting, Tampa, FL (including a Nuclear Pharmacy Update)
Mar. 18-19 Clinical Pet/CT and Spect/CT Imaging of Cancer for Radiologists and Nuclear Physicians, Baltimore, MD
April 1-5 APhA 2005 Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL
April 8-10 Pacific Northwest Chapter PET/CT Symposium
Coeur D'alene, Idaho
April 15-17 35th Annual Spring Meeting Mid-Eastern Chapter, SNM, Ocean City, MD
June 18-22 Society of Nuclear Medicine 52nd Annual Meeting
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
June 24-28 The 16th International Symposium on
Radiopharmaceutical Chemistry
, Iowa City
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Nuclear energy has played a vital role in the study of our solar system. Radioisotope thermoelectric generators (RTGs), which convert heat produced from radioactive decay into electricity, are used to power our space crafts. The Pioneer, Voyager, Galileo, and Ulysses missions have required the use of RTGs for electrical power. Ulysses, which was launched in 1990 to study the sun, uses electricity produced by a single RTG to power all its equipment and instruments. Plutonium-238, the radioisotope used in the RTG, has an 87.7 year half-life, which allows missions to last many years. The Ulysses mission is scheduled to last until 2008.

A 22 year old female with multiple congenital anomalies, including sacral agenesis, imperforated anus, duplicated reproductive organs, and hypospadia of the urethra.   MRI revealed two ureters extending to each kidney consistent with bilateral ureteral duplication.  Continued....

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