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Multiple SLU NMT Faculty Receive Honors at SNMMI Annual Meeting

Saint Louis University (SLU) Nuclear Medicine Technology (NMT) Associate Professor and Clinical Coordinator Crystal Botkin, Ph.D., MPH, CNMT, PET, FSNMMI-TS, and Associate Professor Sarah Frye, MBA, CCRP, CNMT, PET, NCT, both received first place awards in their respective categories for oral presentations at the recent Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia. 

Crystal Botkin and Sarah Frye
Dr. Crystal Botkin (left) and Sarah Frye (right) both earned awards at the recent SNMMI Annual Meeting.

Dr. Botkin’s presentation was titled Administration of Lutetium 177 PSMA in an Outpatient Nuclear Medicine Department, A Technologist’s Perspective. She shared credit with the team that helped create the award-winning research.

“I was humbled to be recognized,” Dr. Botkin said. “This project was possible due to the team approach and I cannot take sole credit. I am grateful for Sarah Frye, Dr. Medhat Osman and my colleagues at the VA Medical Center for asking me to be part of this important project.”

Frye’s presentation was titled Quantitative Perfusion SPECT (QPS) Analysis Using both Male and Female Normal Databases in an Obese Male Patient: A Case Study. Frye was honored to receive the award and is eager to see where this research can go.

“I was so happy to receive this exciting award in my presentation category,” Frye said. “I was proud of the presentation and the audience had so many great questions about this exciting topic. I am hopeful to continue this research and share the findings in order to create better avenues for patient care.”

Clinical Health Sciences Department Chairperson Amy Harkins, MBA, Ph.D., discussed how impressive she thought both accomplishments were.

“As their Chair, I am so proud of what these two faculty have accomplished in their research projects – overcoming all obstacles of a pandemic, continuing to move forward with necessary and important clinical research, and leading those projects to the highest academic standards of rigor and results,” Dr. Harkins said. “Their continual recognition by an international discipline and society is an attestation to the caliber of faculty and researchers who lead the NMT Program at SLU.”

The SNMMI Annual Meeting is the premier educational, scientific, research and networking event in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. The event provides physicians, technologists, pharmacists, laboratory professionals and scientists with an in-depth view of the latest research and development in the field as well as providing insights into practical applications for the clinic. The annual meeting is sponsored by the SNMMI, headquartered in Reston, VA, a nonprofit scientific and professional organization that promotes the science, technology and practical application of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. 

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