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Doisy Participates in Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Conference

Students, faculty and alumni of the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics participated in the 2016 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Annual Conference in San Diego, California, June 10-14, 2016.

Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics Students, Faculty and Alumni Represent at the 2016 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Annual Conference

Medical imaging and radiation therapeutics students, faculty and alumni represent SLU at the 2016 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Annual Conference.

The attendees included more than 4,000 physicians, technologists, pharmacists, laboratory professionals, scientists and students.

The conference provided an in-depth review of molecular imaging technologies, clinical applications, and translational and advanced research topics. 

The following nuclear medicine technology students presented during the student section of the SNMMI Annual Conference:

  • Erin Mustain: "Sentinel Lymph Node Detection in Melanoma Patients; Impact of Lesion Location, Patient’s Age, Gender, and Weight." 
    Faculty mentors: Crystal Botkin, William Hubble and Medhat Osman
  • Britton Spiegel: "Identifying the Role Technologists May Play in Meeting Compliance with the PET PROS Elements of PET/CT Reporting Guidelines."
     Faculty Mentors: William Hubble, Crystal Botkin and Medhat Osman

The MIRT department also had five molecular imaging and therapeutics graduate students and one alumna present in the technologist section of the conference. The presenters were as follows:

  • Harsh Gandhi: "Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics Class of 2014 - Cerebral Blood Flow Imaging with 15O-H2O PET/MR – Review and Workflow Optimization." 
    Mentors: Dawn Holley, Audrey Peiwen Fan, Praveen Gulaka, Erik Mittra, Bin Shen, Prachi Singh, Jun Hyung Park, Frederick Chin and Greg Zaharchuk 
  • Kyle Bauer: "Do Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents Affect the 18 F-FDG PET/CT Uptake in the Dentate Nucleus and the Globus Pallidus." 
    Faculty mentors: O. Raslan, Debra Hewing, Patrick Kelly and Medhat Osman (Presented by Austin Turner, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Assistant Professor and Clinical Coordinator)
  • Nalini Daniel: "Thyroid Incidentalomas Detected on PET/CT Scans: Frequency in 1,438 Patient." 
    Faculty mentors: Debra Hewing, B. Albalooshi, R. Muzaffar and Medhat Osman
  • Laura Fohne: "Utilization of the Unenhanced CT of PET/CT to Assess Serial Calcium Scoring in Lymphoma Patients." 
    Faculty mentors: A. El-Sabbagh, Debra Hewing, N. Parkar, R. Muzaffar and Medhat Osman
    Third place in the technologist track Cardiovascular Sciences for oral presentation
  • Hilary Lashmett: "Pattern and Prevalence of Sinus Disease as Detected with FDG PET/CT." 
    Faculty mentors: F. Y. Ahmed, Debra Hewing, R. Muzaffar and Medhat Osman
  • Alaina Lathrum: "Relationship of Increasing Cumulative Dose of a Gadolinium-Based Contrast Material and Gadolinium Retention in the Dentate Nucleus Nucleus and Globus Pallidus". 
    Faculty mentors: O. Raslan, Debra Hewing, Patrick Kelly and Medhat Osman

Members of the MIRT department's faculty were invited as presenters, organizers and/or moderators. The list of invited faculty members included:

  • Crystal Botkin, Nuclear Medicine Technology assistant professor and clinical coordinator - Organizer and Moderator, Educators' Forum I, II, III Invited Oral Platform Presentation — Professional Development Task Force, Technologist to Educator: The Journey
  • William Hubble, Nuclear Medicine and Technology - Organizer, Educators' Forum III
  • William Hubble, Nuclear Medicine and Technology - Creating a Path to Fit a Need in Research. Invited Oral Abstract Platform Presentation – Educators’ Forum III

Among all of the individuals representing the department, four different awards were won. The list of award winners from the department is as follows:

  • Travel Awards: Erin Mustain and Britton Spiegel, nuclear medicine technology seniors
  • Technologists: Laura Fohne, molecular imaging and therapeutics graduate student
  • 2016 Outstanding Educator Award: Crystal Botkin, nuclear medicine and technology assistant professor and clinical coordinator

The SNMMI Annual Meeting is a gathering for thousands of physicians, technologists, physicists, scientists and exhibitors, which combine the representation of more than 150 companies, 110 continuing education sessions and 2,000 scientific paper and poster presentations. For more information on the department's presentations and papers at the SNMMI Annual Meeting, see snmmi.org.

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging is a nonprofit scientific and professional organization that promotes the science, technology and practical application of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. SNMMI strives to be a leader in unifying, advancing and optimizing molecular imaging with an ultimate goal of improving human health. With 19,000 members worldwide, SNMMI represents nuclear and molecular imaging professionals, all of whom are committed to the advancement of the field.