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IAMERS Partnerships

As part of our ongoing efforts in Washington, DC, we routinely meet with the following groups to discuss and unite for our common interests:

National Rural Health Association (NRHA) – is a trade association of small hospitals who have problems with accessibility that many of our IAMERS members face.  The NRHA is a national membership organization with more than 20,000 members whose mission is to provide leadership on rural issues through advocacy, communications, education and research. Continue Reading…

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The 2011 Society of Nuclear Medicine Annual Conference Review

by: Wayne Webster

The 2011 SNM annual meeting was held this year in Salt Lake City. Not the best venue for a meeting but the SNM has never been about location. Last year the meeting was a victim of the Swine Flu scare and attendance was down. This year attendance was about the same at least that was the take by most of the exhibitors I spoke with.

As I perused the exhibit hall there was the usual cadre of exhibitors. GE, Siemens and Philips were all showing their SPECT and PET hybrids. Interestingly the “Image of the Year was a SPECT/CT image from a group in Japan. This was different from the last several years when PET and PET/CT images were chosen.

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The Changing Fortunes of CT Imaging

by: Wayne Webster

In the past year several significant institutions from California to Alabama reported over dosing patients when performing CT Brain Perfusion studies. These radiation doses were unfortunate for the patient and resulted in negative outcomes. The effect these failures may have on the future use of CT is unknown but could be far reaching when combined with health care reform and the slow economy. 

This release of information comes on the heels of several articles about the effects of X-ray radiation from CT scanning and how it may add new cancer cases into our population. In a recent volume of the Archives of Internal Medicine it was reported that since 1980 we’ve gone from 3 million CT scans annually to 70 million in 2007. The same authors are projecting tens of thousands of new cancer cases will be a direct effect of the increased use of CT scanning in the general population. Why has the dose increased and why have we increased the usage of CT scanning?

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