Status of and Trends in Nuclear Medicine in the United States

Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
Journal of Nuclear Medicine (Impact Factor: 6.16). 12/2011; 52 Suppl 2(Supplement_2):24S-8S. DOI: 10.2967/jnumed.110.085688
Source: PubMed


Nuclear medicine in the United States has grown because of advances in technology, including hybrid imaging, the introduction of new radiopharmaceuticals for diagnosis and therapy, and the development of molecular imaging based on the tracer principle, which is not based on radioisotopes. Continued growth of the field will require cost-effectiveness data and evidence that nuclear medicine procedures affect patients' outcomes. Nuclear medicine physicians and radiologists will need more training in anatomic and molecular imaging. New educational models are being developed to ensure that future physicians will be adequately prepared.

Full-text preview

Available from:
  • Source
    • "Further, machine restriction, startup time, radiopharmaceuticals logistics, and direct care and labor time have complicated the appointment scheduling and have introduced significant difficulty for pure manual processing [3, 5–7]. Imaging procedure management has become a major part of US government expenses and scheduling effectiveness thus depends on articulated management of various criteria and factors [1]. Existing literature on nuclear medicine is limited and most of it emphasizes procedure management [4, 6–8]. "
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: Examination in nuclear medicine exhibits scheduling difficulties due to its intricate clinical issues, such as varied radiopharmaceuticals for different diseases, machine preparation and length of scan, patients’ and hospital’s criteria and/or limitations. Many scheduling methods exist, but limited for nuclear medicine. In this paper, we present a stateless two-stage scheduling to cope with multiple criteria decision making. The first stage mostly deals with patients’ conditions. The second stage concerns more on the clinical condition and its correlations with patients’ preference which presents more complicated intertwined configurations. A greedy algorithm is proposed in the second stage to determine the (time-slot, patient) pair in linear time. The result shows a practical and efficient scheduling for nuclear medicine.
    Full-text · Article · Jan 2014 · Mathematical Problems in Engineering
  • Source

    Preview · Article · Dec 2011 · Journal of Nuclear Medicine
  • Source
    [Show abstract] [Hide abstract]
    ABSTRACT: In the future, nuclear medicine training will expand to include more training in anatomic and molecular imaging, including nonradioactive imaging modalities using the tracer principle. The SNMMI and ABNM believe that. . . 1. A single expanded nuclear medicine RRC, including representatives of nuclear medicine and radiology organizations, should have oversight of nuclear medicine training under local nuclear medicine program directors. 2. Physicians practicing nuclear medicine will benefit from combined training in diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine, with subsequent improvements to patient care and advancement of the field. 3. Four-year and 5-y combined diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine pathways should be supported. 4. Existing training pathways in nuclear medicine will be needed in the future to train physicians practicing in a broad variety of clinical and academic settings. 5. Stratified levels of training and competency in nuclear medicine should be adopted to promote quality and safety. 6. Participation in maintenance of certification is critical to maintain competence with rapidly evolving technologies. Copyright © 2012 by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Inc.
    Preview · Article · Jul 2012 · Journal of Nuclear Medicine
Show more