Nuclear Pharmacy eNewsletter
Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online September 2007
In This Issue
Updated Scope of Practice
New CE Lesson on 797
VQ Scans Exclude PE
Nuclear eCommunities
Online Poll
Calendar of Events
Nuclear Facts
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission was ranked the Best Place to Work in the federal government by federal workers. 
The NRC expects to hire more than 300 new staff this year, primarily professional engineers, nuclear scientists, and security professionals.  Primarily, to respond to the 28 new applications expected for nuclear power plants.
Case Study
Sept 07 Case Study 
A 62 year-old female with multiple myeloma diagnosed in 2000 with complete remission following two bone marrow transplants with melphalan.  Patient relapsed and a PETCT scan was ordered to evaluate disease progression.    Continued
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NMT Scope of Practice Updated

To meet the changing needs of health care, the SNM Technologist Section recently revised its "Scope of Practice for the Nuclear Medicine Technologist 2007." The scope of practice for nuclear medicine technologists now includes performing computed tomography (CT) scans and administering contrast (oral and IV)-with appropriate education-as well as in-vitro testing (blood glucose testing and urine pregnancy testing) and transmission imaging.  Scope of Practice document.

CE Lesson Highlights the Impact of <797>
USP Chapter 797The newly released University of New Mexico continuing education lesson highlights the potential impact of the USP Chapter <797> pharmaceutical compounding regulations on the preparation of sterile radiopharmaceuticals.  For information about enrolling in the CE program...
VQ Scan Reliably Excludes PE
Lung Scan2CT angiography is the gold standard for ruling out pulmonary embolism, but it involves about 70 times more radiation than V/Q scintigraphy, which is a concern given the known link between chest wall radiation and breast cancer.  A study reported in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine supports"the selection of V/Q imaging as the pulmonary imaging procedure of choice for patients in whom CT pulmonary angiography may be disadvantageous,"  For additional information... 
Improved APhA Nuclear eCommunity
New and improved software will allow nuclear pharmacists to communicate more effectively.  The APhA hosts the nuclear eCommunity discussion board for its members.  The new software will allow members to reply directly from their email instead of logging into the website.  You can email your message directly to, but the email must be sent from the email address on file with APhA membership.  Not a member?  Join today at
Online Poll
Do we need a "scope of practice" defined for nuclear pharmacists and nuclear pharmacy technicians?
Go online to vote
Previous Poll: "What effect would the proposed residency requirements have on nuclear pharmacy practice?"
Positive = 22.7%%
Negative = 54.5%
No effect = 22.7%
Calendar of Events
Oct. 1-7 Nuclear Medicine Week
Oct. 1-30 American Pharmacists Month
Oct. 6-8 Florida Pharmacy Assoc. Mid-Year Clinical Conference, Orlando, FL
Oct. 11-14 Western Regional SNM, Anaheim, CA
Oct. 12-14 Missouri Valley Chapter, St. Louis, MO
Oct. 13-14 Central Chapter SNM. Columbus, OH
Oct.13-17 EANM, Copenhagen, Denmark
Oct. 26-29 Northeast Regional SNM, Stamford, CT
Dec. 3-8 Exam dates for Certification Board of Nuclear Cardiology
March 14-17 APhA Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA
Renal scan
Nicki Hilliard
Nuclear Education Online
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