- APhA Awards Announced
- Congratulations to the following
individuals for being recognized by APhA for their contributions
to the profession. These awards will be presented at the
APhA Annual Meeting in Atlanta next March. More
information about the award recipients will be featured in an
- William H. Briner Distinguished
Achievement in Nuclear Pharmacy: Joseph Hung
- APhA Award of Merit:
- APhA Fellows: Ken
Breslow, Steve Dragotakes, and Kristina Wittstrom
- H.A.B Dunning Award:
Mallinckrodt Medical, Inc.
- DRA Imaging Cuts Coming
- Despite efforts by the medical
community and patient advocacy groups, the Congress did not vote
to delay or reverse the imaging reimbursement cuts outlined in
the Deficit Reduction Act. While the two major codes that
cardiologists use of billing cardiac stress tests will see
global payment reductions of 8-10%, payments for stress agents
and radiopharmaceuticals will remain fairly stable in the office
and hospital outpatient departments. Congress did
pass a bill that eliminated a reduction in Medicare physician
payment for 2007.
For specific information about reimbursement changes for nuclear
cardiology see the ASNC newsletter.
- Holiday Travel
- Over 60,000 patients a day
undergo a nuclear medicine procedure, many of whom will be
traveling for the holidays. With the heightened security,
some of these patients may trigger an alarm in areas of mass
transit. Tl-201 may remain detectable for 30 days and
I-131 for up to three months following the procedure.
Patients should obtain a letter from their doctors that contains
the following information: the patient's name, contact
information for the testing facility, the name of nuclear
medicine procedure, the date of the treatment or test, the
radionuclide that was used, its half-life, its administered
activity and 24-hour contact information.
For additional information...
Holidays from NEO
Nicki, Kristina, Buck, Jeff, Dao, Martha, Cynthia, & Christina
Workshop on Imaging-Based Tools for Target Pharmacokinetics/
Pharmacodynamics, Pasadena, CA
Radiation Safety Seminar
Las Vegas, Nevada
2007 Mid-Winter Meeting, San Antonio, TX
2007 Northern California Mid-Winter Meeting, Oakland,
March 16-19, 2007
2007 APhA Meeting in Atlanta, GA
37th Annual Mid-Eastern Chapter, SNM Spring Meeting, Ocean
We complain about the
price of gasoline being over $2.00/gallon.
That is nothing compared to the price of O-18 water
for the production of F-18 FDG. If you were to
price O-18 water by the gallon, it would roughly be
$153,600/gallon! That is a bargain compared to
the price a few years ago. Ten years ago the
price of O-18 was about $150/gm (if and when you
could get it). Five years ago the price was
$95/gm and today, the price has decreased to $40/gm.
Another lesson of supply and demand.
Do you think nuclear medicine will see a reduction in the number
of procedures as a result of the DRA reimbursement cuts?
here to vote
Response to previous poll
Do you think the Russian spy radiation poisoning will have a
detrimental effect on the consent of patients for nuclear medicine
- Yes 16.3%
- No 76.7%
- Don't know 7%
A 45-year-old woman with end stage liver
disease from hepatitis C presents for evaluation of hepatopulmonary
syndrome with a right-to-left cardiac shunt. The patient is
being evaluated for a liver transplant.
If this email does not view graphics
properly go to
- © 2006 Nuclear Education Online
- 4301 W. Markham #522
- Little Rock, AR 72205
- To subscribe to this mailing
- To view