Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online (NEO)                    Volume 2, No. 1      February 2004

 
Make Plans to Attend the APhA Meeting
The upcoming APhA meeting in Seattle promises to a great opportunity for expanding your knowledge with continuing education and expanding your network and friendships with fellow nuclear pharmacists.  For a list of selected activities click here.
 
New APhA Section Officers Needed
Being a nuclear section officer for APhA is a great professional experience.  Each year we are looking for nuclear pharmacists to apply for these leadership positions.  In 2004, we will be electing a new Chair-Elect and a Member-at-Large for two year terms.  If you would like to apply as a candidate, you must submit the application form by April 25, 2004.
 
Update from BPS
APhA appointed Daniel Driver, MS, BCNP, National Naval Medical Center and George Hinkle, MS, BCNP, Ohio State University Medical Center to the BPS Specialty Council on Nuclear Pharmacy for the 2004-2006 term.  Michele Beauvais  and Brigette Nelson were elected to serve as Chair and Vice-Chair.  Also serving as specialist members are Richard Hammes and Robert Massey.  Following the last BCNP examination 24 out of 37 candidates were added to the roster for a total of 468 board certified nuclear pharmacists.
 
A Quality Control Measure for Elutions
When the Mallinckrodt Ultra-TechneKow DTE generators are manufactured a yellow dye packet is placed in the lead or DU shielding adjacent to but external to the Mo-99 column.  This is intended to be a visual indicator of the loss of column integrity, such as a cracked column.  Because the unit is a wet column generator the large saline vial can "drain" due to gravity and liquid can contact the dye packet. Should you experience a discolored (yellow) eluate do not use that eluate for patient use.  The generator should be removed from use and the manufacturer should be contacted.
Happy Birthday to any Leap Year babies!  Did you know that Julius Caesar established Leap Years in 45 B.C.!
 
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March 6 Pittsburgh Chapter SNM Meeting,  Pittsburgh, PA
March 21-26 4th Annual Snowbird 2004 Clinical Nuclear Medicine - Focus on PET and PET/CT, Snowbird, UT
March 26-28 Greater New York Chapter SNMT, Tarrytown, NY
March 26-30
APhA Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA
Make your reservations!  NEO Luncheon on Saturday!
April 2-4 Southwest Chapter SNM Meeting in Austin, TX
April 25 Deadline for APhA Section Officer Application
June 19-23 SNM 51st Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA
Sept. 4-9 FIP Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA
Sept. 4-8 European Nuclear Medicine Meeting, Helsinki, Finland
 

 

 

 

 

The average American receives about 0.28 mSv (28 mrem) per year from terrestrial sources of radiation.  The amount of radiation from natural sources depends on the geographic region.  Denver receives approximately 50% more than other areas on the U.S.  But you may want to think twice about planning a trip to Guarapari Beach in Brazil, where the terrestrial radiation is the highest on earth at 800 mSv·a-1!  The beach sands eroded from the surrounding mountains tend to concentrate heavy metals. The natural sloshing and washing of the waves tends to remove all the silt and clay from the soil.  A one week vacation at Guarapari Beach is equivalent to living three years in the city of Pripyat, the permanently evacuated city near Chernobyl.


A 32 year old woman with history of right ureteropelvic junction obstruction.  She previously had undergone laparoscopic pyeloplasty.  Continued....

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