Congress: Protect patients and enact the Nuclear Medicine Clarification Act

If a preventable error that might cause harm occurs during medical care, should there be transparency, or should the incident be swept under the rug? A rule proposed by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) leans toward the latter. Full Text

Conflicts found on nuclear medicine safety panel

Two NRC advisers had undisclosed relationships with the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, which opposed the reporting requirement and ran an active campaign opposing the petition. Full Text

Nuclear Regulatory Commission advisers beset by conflicts of interest, report finds

The oversight division of a U.S. government agency tasked with ensuring the safe use of radioactive materials issued a recent report that the agency’s advisers had key undisclosed conflicts of interest, raising fresh concerns about controversial decisions around the reporting of radioactive injection accidents. Full Text

Congress Enacts Nuclear Medicine Safety Provisions

Lucerno praised Congress for enacting the first ‘minibus’ appropriations, which includes critical provisions pushing the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to improve quality, safety, and transparency of nuclear medicine services. Press Release

Lucerno Dynamics and Carilion Clinic Announce Radiotherapy Administration Milestone

Lucerno announced the worldwide first use of Lara® Real-Time Visualization (RTV) in a clinical setting at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Carilion Clinic’s flagship facility. Press Release

House and Senate Act on Nuclear Medicine Safety. Appropriations bills passed by each chamber include important provisions to protect safety and quality of care for patients

Lucerno praised both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for passing legislation that includes important provisions regarding a patient safety issue that affects thousands of patients every year and pushing the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and Veterans Health Administration (VHA) to put patients first. Press Release

Lucerno Dynamics Submits ‘Information Correction Request’ to Address NRC Extravasation Reporting Decision

Lucerno informed the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) that a key document used to develop the patient injury reporting criterion did not meet NRC’s requirements for information quality. Asks NRC to immediately issue Interim Staff Guidance. Press Release

NRC Commences Rulemaking to Close Loophole in Nuclear Medicine Safety

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission accepts Lucerno’s petition for rulemaking and directs the commencement of a rulemaking process to close an outdated loophole in nuclear medicine safety regulations. Press Release

House-Passed Appropriations Bills Advance Nuclear Medicine Safety, Transparency

Lucerno announced that Fiscal Year 2023 bills passed this week by the U.S. House of Representatives include critical language to improve the safety of nuclear medicine treatments and increase transparency within the American healthcare system. Press Release

2022 Omnibus Includes Nuclear Medicine Patient Safety, Transparency Provisions

Lucerno announces Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Appropriations Act preserves critical language to protect the safety of nuclear medicine patients and enhance transparency within the American healthcare system. Then attach the press release below for full text. Press Release

Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s foot-dragging on patient irradiation suggests regulatory capture

“My analysis shows that the NRC findings predominantly parrot positions of the advisory committee and affiliated societies, such as requiring patients to determine whether a procedure was done correctly; requiring reporting only if a patient experiences permanent functional damage; or taking no action whatsoever.” Full Text

Lucerno Dynamics Announces New Business Relationship with Siemens Healthineers

Lucerno has entered into a Master Resellers Agreement to add its Lara® System to the Siemens Healthineers portfolio of medical imaging products. With this agreement, Siemens Healthineers becomes Lucerno’s first United States partner reseller and makes the Lara® System available to nuclear medicine customers nationwide. Press Release