Brought to you by Nuclear Education Online (NEO)                    Volume 4, No. 4              June 2006

Online Courses for Cardiologists & Radiology Residents
NEO is proud to announce that authorized user training is now available online for cardiologists, cardiology fellows, and radiology residents.  NEO has trained over 240 authorized users since beginning the program in 2001.  With the assistance of a U.S. Department of Education FIPSE grant they have been able to expand their curriculum to offer physician training.   For more information...
Bedside Test to Rule Out PE in Low-Risk Patients
The d-dimer assay can be performed at the bedside to rule out pulmonary embolism.  Using a drop of patient's blood with the test reagents indicated whether further imaging tests  were warranted, including VQ or CT imaging.   
Based on the study of 2,302 patients they found that patients considered low risk with negative d-dimer test only had a 0.7% posttest prevalence of PE.  This test is not as accurate for patients with a moderate or high risk of PE.  For more information....
Tracking Diabetes Progression with PET
Research at Columbia University has revealed that PET imaging with DTBZ can quantify insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas of rats.  Human studies will begin soon that potentially allow detailed evaluations for people at high risk for developing diabetes and monitoring of disease progression and response to therapy.  For more information...
Deadline for 2006 BCNP Exam
The August 1 deadline is approaching to register for the next Nuclear Pharmacy Specialty Certification exam.  The exam will be given in 20 cities across the U.S. on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2006.  The cost of the board certification process is $600 and online registration is available at There are currently 463 board certified nuclear pharmacists (BCNP).

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Aug 30-Sept 2 Fifth Annual Meeting of the Society for Molecular Imaging
Waikoloa, Hawaii
Sept 15-17 Southeastern Chapter of the SNM - 47th Annual Meeting
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Oct. 1-7 Nuclear Medicine Week
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Reno, Nevada
Oct. 22-27 9th World Congress - World Federation of Nuclear Medicine & Biology (WFNMB)
Seoul, South Korea
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Depleted Uranium

Depleted uranium (DU) is uranium metal whose isotopic composition has been changed by removal of the U-235 and U-234 and is less radioactive than natural uranium.  It is used for shielding in nuclear medicine because it is 60% more dense than lead.  It is also used as a stabilizer in boats and yacht keels.  DU is also for military purposes including armor penetrating bullets, munitions, and tank armor plates.   While not a radiation hazard, DU is an internal chemical hazard as inhaled aerosolized particles in the use of explosives.  There is controversy regarding its use and health effects.  The government has a DU Medical Follow-up program for gulf war veterans, but only minor health programs have been observed with high levels of exposure.  For additional information:  Health Physics Society; Military FAQs


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