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Dr. David Townsend, the co-inventor of PET/CT scanner, Dr. Jackson Kiser, Medical Director of Molecular Imaging at Carilion Clinic, Dr. Darrell Fisher, nuclear medicine physicist, past president Health Physics Society, and previous member of the NRC’s Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes (ACMUI), Dr. Marjan Boerma, the director of the UAMS Division of Radiation Health, and others shared research on extravasations. You can watch the webinar and earn 1 CE credit here.

Findings: Unintentional exposure poses risk to nuclear medicine patients

Lucerno highlighted a peer-reviewed publication in the radiation safety journal Health Physics demonstrating that extravasations of routinely-used radiopharmaceuticals can cause unintended irradiation to patient tissue that “exceed well-established radiation protection and regulatory limits.” Press Release

2021 Omnibus Includes Nuclear Medicine Patient Safety, Transparency Provisions

Lucerno announced that the Fiscal Year 2021 Omnibus Appropriations Act includes critical language to protect the safety of nuclear medicine patients and enhance transparency within the American healthcare system. Press Release

Carilion Clinic supports Lucerno’s NRC Petition

Carilion Clinic, a leader in patient-centered care and quality assurance for nuclear medicine patients, supports Lucerno’s NRC Petition: “Over the next decade, cancer patients will have access to revolutionary new nuclear medicine treatments that will fundamentally alter how cancer is diagnosed and treated. The NRC should not allow a 40-year-old misunderstanding of whether and why extravasations occur to hamper this progress.” 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

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ISO 13485:2016 certification

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Multi-Center Assessment of Infiltration Rates in FDG-PET/CT scans: Detection, Incidence, and Contributing Factors

“Since infiltrations can resolve during uptake and as the standard imaging FOV does not always capture the injection site, many infiltrations may go undetected. Infiltrations result in underestimated SUVs that can impact patient care emphasizing that it is important to monitor injection quality. Thus, identifying contributing factors associated with infiltrations may help stimulate quality improvements, reduce infiltration rates, and potentially improve patient care.”
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