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Nuke-Tek by Ann Marie Alessi

Exposure Filters on a Geiger-Müller (GM) Counters for Alpha Particles

January 23, 2013
Ann Marie Alessi, BS, CNMT, NCT, RT(N), FSNMMI-TS, Product Sales Manager, Nuclear Medicine, Biodex Medical Systems, Inc.

Nuclear Catalog #119The survey meter is an essential resource a technologist has to determine the presence of radiation contamination in typical surveys such as during routine area surveys, checking incoming packages, testing after spills or other radiation incidents and measurement of waste held for decay-in-storage prior to disposal.  A literature review of incident and overexposure reports indicate that a majority of these events occurred because a radiation worker did not have or did not use a survey meter. With the development of new radiotracers for therapy using alpha and beta emitters, it is important that the proper equipment is used to survey for contamination.

     As you may know, a GM pancake probe detector has a significant overresponse at lower energies between approximately 20 to 160 keV seen with alpha particle emitters (see red line on graph below).  Any exposure or dose measurements taken with an unfiltered GM pancake detector would thus have unacceptable errors at these lower energies. Using this filter while surveying for contamination from alpha particles, flattens the energy response to within ± 20% referenced to 137Cs (662 keV) over an energy range of 33 keV to 1.2 MeV.  >>


Lila Corwin, Vice President, Marketing Communications, Biodex

Biodex in Italy, EANM 2012

November 9, 2012
Lila Corwin, Vice President, Marketing Communications, Biodex

Milan, Italy - The Biodex stand is a favorite meeting place for our distributors and their customers. There we enjoy much socializing, camaraderie, and laughter.  Towards the end of each exhibit day it becomes a welcome respite to relax, recap, and review the day's events. Nearby exhibitors frequently comment on the conviviality of the crowds that linger. >>

Nuke-Tek by Ann Marie Alessi

Imaging with Care

September 6, 2012
Ann Marie Alessi, BS, CNMT, NCT, RT(N), FSNMMI-TS, Product Sales Manager, Nuclear Medicine, Biodex Medical Systems, Inc.

Legislation requiring education and certification for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging technologists could improve patient safety and save the system millions of dollars.
Each year, an estimated 17 million nuclear medicine and molecular imaging procedures are performed in hospitals and medical settings across the United States. Despite the important implications these procedures can have for patients' health, in many states nuclear medicine and molecular imaging technologists are not required to have certification or a license to perform these tests.
Nuclear medicine and molecular imaging technologists are responsible for performing a wide variety of highly specialized procedures. It is essential that technologists perform these scans correctly to ensure that high-quality information is provided to physicians, that patients receive the lowest achievable dose of radiation, and that health care costs are minimized.

To address these concerns, the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) has issued Imaging with CARE, a report that looks at the need for training and education for technologists and offers solutions to help ensure high-quality medical imaging.  >>

Nuke-Tek by Ann Marie Alessi

Atomlab and BioDose – a winning combination!

January 11, 2012
Ann Marie Alessi, BS, CNMT, NCT, RT(N), FSNMMI-TS, Product Sales Manager, Nuclear Medicine, Biodex Medical Systems, Inc.

Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. caught up with Brent Morgan, owner of the Rio Grande Nuclear Pharmacy, located in El Paso, Texas. To run this commercial pharmacy at peak performance, Morgan relies on the Biodex Atomlab 500 Dose Calibrator and Wipe Test Counter to increase operating efficiency. Don't just take our word for it, read the interview! >>

Nuclear Pharmacy Cleanroom Solutions Begin with Biodex

October 21, 2011
Ann Marie Alessi, BS, CNMT, NCT, RT(N), FSNMMI-TS, Product Sales Manager, Nuclear Medicine, Biodex Medical Systems, Inc.

The Biodex Germfree Shielded Isolator provides the ultimate in both product and operator protection. Quality features such as full-view glass and electronic height adjustment are some of the unique features found only with the Biodex Isolator, setting it apart from the competition. The Shielded Isolator functions as a "glovebox" using negative pressure to meet NIOSH recommendations while complying with USP<797> regulations for use outside a cleanroom environment. I have spoken to many technologists about the isolator and they are all thrilled about having a solution to interruptions in their day. The Isolator eliminates the need to suit up, which everyone recognizes as a huge time saver. >>

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