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Consultant to concerned residents: N.J. radiopharmaceutical facility not a threat

Patrick McDermott, a Rutgers University scientist who specializes in ionized radiation, has said a radiopharmaceutical factory scheduled to open soon in Millburn, N.J., poses no health risks to the area. McDermott was hired back in October 2015 to assess the safety of the factory and reported his findings this week.

WMIS welcomes 2 new interest groups

The World Molecular Imaging Society (WMIS) has announced the addition of two new interest groups: Synthetic Biology and Reporter Genes and Molecular Imaging Nanotechnology and Theranostics. 

Slow growth expected for worldwide nuclear imaging market

The global market for nuclear imaging technology is forecasted to reach $2.2 billion in 2020, just a 3.3 percent compound annual growth rate over the $1.83 billion noted for 2013, according to a December 2014 report by GlobalData.

Deadline for SNMMI governmental fellowship approaches

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Robert E. Henkin Fellowship is an annual opportunity for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging professionals just starting out in their careers and are involved closely in government relations.

BRIC diagnostic imaging markets to reach $7.6B by 2018

The diagnostic imaging markets in Brazil, Russia, India and China—known as the BRIC markets, are expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 10.5 percent, reaching $7.6 billion within the next four years.

The Business of Molecular Imaging: A Panoply of Challenges

As is true in all clinical disciplines, nuclear medicine practitioners face challenges and obstacles that do not end with procedures and patient care.

A Victory We Aren’t Celebrating—Yet

During my term as president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine (And Molecular Imaging, now appended), we were in the midst of the Molecular Imaging Campaign that was successful in increasing the visibility of nuclear medicine as a measure of physiologic and metabolic parameters in diagnosing our patients.

New 2015 HOPPS ruling cuts into PET payments

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final rules for the 2015 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) and the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). The rules were recorded in the Federal Register Nov. 10 and go into effect Jan. 1, 2015. It appears that changes to HOPPS will depress PET payments by 1.9 percent.

Up to 20% of FDG PET/CT scans are misread, say most referring docs

More than half of surveyed referring physicians said that F-18 FDG PET/CT scans were being clinically misinterpreted in somewhere between 5 percent and 20 percent of cases, according to a study published Nov. 7 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

Survey: Alzheimer’s costs 25% of caregivers $4K every month

Here is more incentive to bring investigative Alzheimer’s treatments to maturity—approximately a quarter of caregivers with a family member diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia end up paying out $4,000 in disease-related costs on a monthly basis, according to a survey released today from AgingCare.com

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