Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online (NEO)                    Volume 1, No. 9       October 2003

GE Plans $9.8 Billion Acquisition of Amersham
GE will form a new GE Healthcare Technologies business unit that will include Amersham operations.  The division will be led by William Castell, current Amersham CEO.
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Results of Section Officer Elections
Congratulations to Stephen Dragotakes and Fred Gattas for being elected Chair-elect and New Practitioner, respectively.  They will serve as APhA Nuclear Section Officers with new Chair Jim Cooper and Member-at-Large Kara Duncan beginning at the APhA meeting next March.  The current officers with terms expiring in March are Chair David Laven, Member-at-Large Brian Cox, and New Practitioner Allegra Bruce.
WSJ Article on PET Reimbursement for Alzheimer's
The October 16 Wall Street Journal featured an article on the current debate over Medicare coverage of PET for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. The article appears in the Health section of the October 16 print WSJ and is viewable online at only by registered subscribers, however, a free, two-week trial subscription is available. For more information...
UNM CE Available Online
The University of New Mexico has announced that the radiopharmacy CE programs are now available online.  Check out the new online database, monographs, and testing at  For more information about the program and instructions click here.

Oct. 31-Nov.2 Northeast Regional Meeting, SNM, Mystic, CT
Nov. 6-9 SNM Southeastern Chapter Meeting, Nashville, TN
Nov. 15-16 Florida Pharmacists Mid-Year Clinical Conference, Orlando, FL
March 26-30, 2004 APhA Annual Meeting in Seattle, WA

Americans living near coal-fired power plants are exposed to higher radiation doses than those living near nuclear power plants.  Assuming coal contains uranium and thorium concentration of 1.3 ppm and 3.2 ppm respectively, each typical plant released 5.2 tons of uranium (containing 74 lbs of U-235) and 1971 tons of thorium.

A 72 year old white female presented with a history of back pain.  A bone scan revealed the demonstration of the "Honda Sign".    Continued....

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