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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.  >>

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