2012 News Archive

Medical Physics Consultants, Inc

American Medical Isotope Production Act Passes – Congress passed the “Isotope Production Act” which ensures a consistent supply of Mo-99 for Tc-99m generator production. 12-24-12

“Timing Paradox” May Overestimate CT Dose Risk – Mass. General and Harvard researchers have described a common denominator known as a “Timing Paradox” that over estimates radiation risk versus disease risk. 12-18-12

ABMS Creates a Dual ABR Certificate – The American Board of Medical Specialities (ABMS) has created a dual certificate for Interventional Radiology and Diagnostic Radiology. 12-06-12

FDA Sets Deadline of for PET Radiopharmaceuticals – Under the Food Safety Modernization Act the FDA has set a deadline for all manufacturers of PET products to file a New Drug Application (NDA), an Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) or an Investigational New Drug (IND) application to be used in clinical trials. 12-06-12

Image Wisely Expands to Nuclear Medicine – The Image Wisely campaign has expanded it’s efforts for dose reduction to include Nuclear Medicine. 11-21-12

AAPM Adds Routine Chest CT Protocol – The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) has expanded its’ CT Scan Protocols to include routine chest CT. 11-21-12

Turkish Firm Buys Capintec – Turkey’s Nuclear Medicine radiopharmaceutical production company Eczacibasi-Monrol has purchased Capintec, Inc. 11-16-12

Image Gently Expands to Radiography – The Image Gently alliance has expanded it’s dose reduction campaign to include radiography. 09/18/12

GAO Issues Report – Government Accountability Office (GAO) has issued a report concerning poorly secured radioactive sources within medical facilities. 09-11-12

Ann Jones – NEW MPC Vice President – In recognition for being a stable anchoring point for our western US office in Salt Lake City as well as years of excellent client service, MPC has named Ann Jones, M.S. as a Vice President.

SNMMI Webinar – PET Image Acq and Processing – On August 23, 2012 the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging will present a webinar on PET image acquisition and data processing. 07-27-12

Low Dose Iodine-131 Just as Effective As High Dose – Two published studies promote the concept of <30 mCi of Iodine-131 are as clinically effective for cancer therapy as a “high” administered dosage. 05/03/12

Michigan Publishes Draft Mammo Rules – The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has published for comment a draft version of proposed Mammography rules. 04/06/12

Radiation Dose – Risk Smart Card – The University of Colorado has developed as a quick reference for patients a Radiation Dose – Risk “Smart Card”. 04/06/12

ACC Publishes Consensus Article for Cath Lab Best Practices – A best practices consensus to include a time-out checklist and guidelines has been developed by the American College of Cardiology. 03/26/12

JACC Article Calls for Education to Reduce Dose – Representatives from a multidisciplinary gathering of imaging societies and associations note that “sustained education and QI programs” are key to reducing radiation dose in cardiac imaging. 3/22/12

Iterative Recon Reduces Lens Dose in Head CT – Czech researchers report a ~32% reduction in dose to the lens of the eye with Iterative Reconstruction vs FBP. 03/06/12

CT Dose Equal to Two Chest X-rays – The University of Michigan Medical Center is using a GE CT scanner and a Model-based Iterative Reconstruction (MBIR) protocol called “Veo” to lower CT dose to the level of chest radiographs. 01/26/12

Bracco to Reintroduce Rb-82 Generators by End of First Quarter, 2012 – Radiopharmaceutical manufacturer Bracco will release it’s Rb-82 Cardio-Gen generators by the end of the first quarter, 2012. 01/05/12

Tool Developed to Extract Exposure Data From Any CT Scanner – Researchers at Brigham & Women’s in Boston have developed an open source tool to extract exposure data from any CT scanner old or new. 01/04/12

AAPM Issues Position Statement on Medical Imaging Procedures – the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) has issued a position statement on Medical Imaging. 01/03/12