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Detection of 18F-FDG Dose Leakage Using a Topical Device

“As part of routine monitoring of 18F-FDG PET administrations, an interesting case was identified that mimicked extravasation but represented dose leakage during infusion via an automatic injector. The Lara device provided a useful tool for more timely critical evaluation and problem solving, extending advantages to the patient and practice.” Full Text

2021 Appropriations Bills Enhance Nuclear Medicine Patient Safety, Transparency

Lucerno announced that Fiscal Year 2021 bills advanced this week by the House Appropriations Committee to the House floor include critical language to protect the safety of nuclear medicine patients and enhance transparency within the American healthcare system. Press Release

Topical Sensor for the Assessment of Injection Quality for 18F-FDG, 68Ga-PSMA and 68Ga-DOTATATE Positron Emission Tomography

“Topical monitoring and characterization of PET dose administration is possible and practical with the LARA device. Extravasation and partial extravasation of PET doses are not only readily detected but they are also preventable. The LARA device can provide the insights into variables that could eliminate extravasation as a cause of image quality or SUV accuracy issues.” Full Text

Petition for Rulemaking Calls on NRC to Prioritize Patient Safety, Transparency

Lucerno submitted a formal petition for rulemaking to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, which calls on the agency to update a 1980 policy that allows nuclear medicine injection errors to remain hidden from patients, treating physicians, and NRC itself. Press Release

Hospitals shouldn’t be exempt from reporting faulty radioisotope injections

“…NRC is now re-evaluating the loophole that allows significant infiltrations to go unreported. Requiring reporting would be a small step for hospitals to implement but a big step toward improving patient care.” Full Text

Lucerno Dynamics Delivers Quality Control Solution for Nuclear Medicine Injections

North Carolina Biotechnology Center publishes an interview with Ron Lattanze, CEO of Lucerno Dynamics.

Injection Integrity in 2020

“Infiltrations can be reduced. Using the techniques described, our 2 departments have shown a significant reduction in infiltration rates. Our main department, with a fixed-site PET/CT scanner, began with a 13.3% infiltration rate and reduced it to under 3% for 2 consecutive years and continues to improve. The mobile PET/CT department started with a 15.5% infiltration rate, reduced it to under 5%, and has maintained it there.” Full Text (subscription required).

Topical Sensor for the Assessment of Injection Quality for 18F-FDG, 68Ga-PSMA and 68Ga-DOTATATE Positron Emission Tomography

“Topical monitoring and characterisation of PET dose administration is possible and practical with the LARA device. Extravasation and partial extravasation of PET doses are not only readily detected but they are also preventable. The LARA device can provide the insights into variables that could eliminate extravasation as a cause of image quality or SUV accuracy issues.” Full Text

39 States Call on NRC to Update Nuclear Medicine Safety Policy

The Organization of Agreement States (OAS) – 39 states that work with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to regulate medical use of radioactive material – has called on NRC to update a 1980 policy that allows nuclear medicine injection errors (extravasations) to remain hidden from patients, treating physicians, and NRC itself. Press Release

Assessing and Reducing Positron Emission Tomography/Computed Tomography Radiotracer Infiltrations: Lessons in Quality Improvement and Sustainability

“A QIP can significantly improve and sustain injection quality; however, ongoing monitoring is needed as new technologists join the team.” Full Text

Novel Method to Calculate Equivalent Dose to Tissue in Cases of Radiopharmaceutical Extravasation

Josh Knowland of Lucerno Dynamics and Jackson W. Kiser M.D. of Carilion Clinic have presented their poster on a novel method of calculating equivalent doses to tissue in cases of radiopharmaceutical extravasation during 2020 SNMMI Mid-Winter Meeting in Tampa, Florida.

Real-Time Feedback during Lung Ventilation of Tc99m-labeled Carbon Nano-particles with Topical Scintillation Detectors

“Topical detectors could allow for real-time feedback about lung activity without the use of dynamic SPECT counting or manual probing. This would allow for ventilation to be performed without the risk of scanner contamination or the variability of manual processes.” Presentation