Spotlights E-Newsletter - March 2016

March Issue Highlights

We are very excited to publish another issue of the popular ACNM online Spotlights. This publication includes many outstanding topics with the intent to provide easy access and immediate notification to our members of important ACNM events and areas of involvement. In addition, each month an overall educational theme is chosen, such as breast cancer state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic management, for this issue, with many write-ups from our dedicated ACNM members. If you are interested in participating, also, please contact us.

This March 2016 issue also includes:

  • President Colletti’s message on his vision for ACNM in 2016
  • Glance on ACNM Annual Meeting
  • ACNM board members
  • ACNM past presidents
  • Detailed list of Best abstract award winners, Lifetime  Achievement, Fellowship, Mentors…. 
  • Agreement between ACNM with CSNM and TSNM
  • Nuclear Medicine practice in United Kingdom

A brief summary paragraph will be given in this original document, then you can click on “read more” to gain further information on the topic.

Your opinion matters to us. Please read the articles of your interest and let us know what you like to see in the next issues of Spotlights. Submissions should be directed to acnm@acnmonline.org.

Dear ACNM Members,

We are very excited to publish another issue of the popular ACNM online Spotlights. This publication includes many outstanding topics with the intent to provide easy access and immediate notification to our members of important ACNM events and areas of involvement. In addition, each month an overall educational theme is chosen, such as breast cancer state of the art diagnostic and therapeutic management, for this issue, with many write-ups from our dedicated ACNM members. If you are interested in participating, also, please contact us.

This March 2016 issue also includes:

  • President Colletti’s message on his vision for ACNM in 2016
  • Glance on ACNM Annual Meeting
  • ACNM board members
  • ACNM past presidents
  • Detailed list of Best abstract award winners, Lifetime  Achievement, Fellowship, Mentors…. 
  • Agreement between ACNM with CSNM and TSNM
  • Nuclear Medicine practice in United Kingdom

A brief summary paragraph will be given in this original document, then you can click on “read more” to gain further information on the topic.

Simin Dadparvar MD, FACNM
Editor

Twyla Bartel, DO, MBA, FACNM
Associate Editor

ACNM 45th President's Message
Patrick Colletti, MD
 We are fresh from the energy generated at our Orlando meeting. As in other professional colleges, the ACNM has created a new cap and gown regalia tradition to honor our present and new fellows. Such traditions, including honoring past presidents enhance the satisfaction we have with our College. Read more...

2016 ACNM Annual Meeting at a Glance
Kristina E Hoque, MS, MD, PhD
The 2016 ACNM Annual Meeting took place on January 28th through the 31st in Orlando, Florida. This years meeting brought a mix of dynamic speakers, cutting edge research and inspiring interactions amongst colleagues in the Nuclear Medicine field. Read more….

ACNM International Affairs Committee 2015 Report
David Ng, MD, MBA and Saabry Osmany, MD, FACNM   
Formation of the ACNM/CSNM American-Sino Academy of Nuclear Medicine/Molecular Imaging.  IAC wishes to acknowledge Dr. Feng Qing, Dr. David Ng, Dr. Simin Dadparvar, Dr. Rathan Subramaniam, Dr. Saabry Osmany and Dr. Michael Yu’s contribution in making this happen. Read more…

Nuclear Medicine and PET in the UK
Professor Gary Cook, PET Imaging Center, St Thomas' Hospital, London, England
The British Nuclear Medicine Society celebrates its 50th year in 2016 and has been a uniting force for the multiple scientific and clinical disciplines that have developed the practice of nuclear medicine in the UK since the 1960s. It covers all aspects of clinical practice, education, research and development and organizes two scientific conferences each year. Read more…

ACNM Announces New Members to the Board of Directors
The American College of Nuclear Medicine (ACNM) announced at its 2016 ACNM Banquet on January 28, 2016, the election of two new Directors to its Board as well as the re-election of two current Directors. Read more...

ACNM 2016 Annual Meeting Abstract Awards

  • Ursula Mary Kocemba-Slosky, PhD Best ACNM Nuclear Medicine Resident Abstracts
    • Arjun Sharma, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
      Correlation of Perfusion Lung Imaging with Clinical Outcome of Patients Undergoing Pulmonary Thromboendarterectomy.
    • Sina Tavakoli, Yale University, West Haven, CT
      Improved Characterization of Macrophage Polarization States by the Combined Assessment of Glucoseand Glutamine Metabolism.
    • Chiayi Ni, VA Greater Los Angeles Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
      99m-Technectium Pyrophosphate SPECT Scanning in Detecting Transthyretin-Related Cardiac Amyloidosis.
  • ACNM 2016 Annual Meeting Best Abstract
    • Farhan Chaudhry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY
      Molecular Imaging of Apoptosis in Atherosclerosis: Changing the Focus from Phosphatidylserine to Phosphatidylethanolamine.
    • Eric Nguyen, The Ottawa Hospital, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, Canada
      Prior Seed Localization in Breast Cancer is Associated with Reduced Frequency of Sentinel Lymph Node (SLN) Visualization.

Both awards have been provided by a grant from the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (ERF).

ACNM 2016 Annual Meeting Award Winners

The first Awards and Dedication Ceremony was held during the ACNM Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 28, 2016. The ceremony acknowledged the ACNM Lifetime Achievement Award winners, recognized the ACNM Board of Directors, NMRO Board of Directors and ACNM Past Presidents. In addition, during the 2016 ACNM Fellows Induction & Awards Ceremony Banquet, the Clinical Mentor-of-the-Year, Personal Mentor-of-the-Year, 2016 ACNM Lifetime Achievement Award winners; first Honorary Fellow and four ACNM Fellows were announced. Read more...

Interview with Kimberlee Mudge, MD Breast Cancer Surgeon
Interviewer: Lesley Flynt, MD
Dr. Kimberlee Mudge earned undergraduate and graduate degrees at Marshall University in the Biological Sciences. Following her graduate degree, Dr. Mudge attended Marshall University, School of Medicine. She completed her Surgical Residency at York Hospital in 1996. During her surgical training, the care of breast cancer was evolving, thus Dr. Mudge sought out additional training in breast surgery at Eastern Virginia School of Medicine, Norfolk, VA. Read more...

Pathology of Breast Cancer
Simin Dadparvar, MD
Histologic Classification of Breast Cancer (AJCC) Classification Read more...

Imaging in Breast Cancer: Summary of NCCN Guidelines
Manohar Kuruva, MD
Breast cancer continues to be the most common cancer in women in developed countries and one of the leading causes of death and significant morbidity in women. Imaging plays a crucial role in early diagnosis (screening), staging, restaging and in prognostication of patients with breast cancer.  Various imaging modalities which have a potential role in imaging of breast cancer include mammogram, skeletal scintigraphy (SS), Contrast enhanced computed tomography (CeCT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), F-18 fluoro-deoxy glucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography (FDG PET/CT). In this brief review we summarize the national comprehensive cancer network (NCCN) guidelines in the context of role of imaging in breast cancer. Read more...

NCCN Guidelines for imaging in Breast Cancer Management
Chiayi Ni, MD, Gholam R. Berenji, MD
The article provides a brief overview of the recommendations for use of bone scan and PET/CT in the management of breast cancer per National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines. Read more...

Brief Overview of Anatomic Imaging Breast Cancer
Twyla B Bartel, DO, MBA, FACNM
Mammography and targeted ultrasound have been the mainstay of anatomic breast imaging.  Newer imaging techniques have been introduced, also, to include contrast-enhanced MRI and tomosynthesis, which have increased the sensitivity and specificity of breast cancer detection.  In addition, various states have new legislation which provides notification of dense breast tissue with the option of further imaging with 3D automated breast ultrasound (ABUS).  There are specific MQSA (Mammogram Quality Standards Act) requirements for mammography.  The American College of Radiology (ACR) has published standards for targeted breast ultrasound and MRI.  This article is meant as a brief overview of each of these techniques and is not in any way all-encompassing. Read more...

Evaluation of the Dense Breast: BSGI, MBI and PEM
Lesley Flynt, MD
Dense breast tissue has long posed an obstacle in diagnostic imaging. And while mammography has served as an incredible tool for breast cancer screening thus far, since its invention in the 1960’s, the technology has changed very little. For women at high risk, the recommendations have evolved slightly to include screening breast ultrasound, and in some cases, breast MRI, and in many cases have led to unnecessary biopsies and surgical procedures. Read more...

CT and MRI Staging in Breast Cancer
Pareen Mehta, MD
Breast cancer is most common malignancy in women with approximately 250,000 new cases expected in the United States each year. With increased screening and early detection, many cases are diagnosed early in the course of disease, resulting in improved morbidity and mortality. Nevertheless, CT and MRI remain a mainstay in the evaluation and staging of breast cancer, especially in aggressive cases in which distant metastasis is possible. Read more...

10 Interesting Articles on Breast Cancer
Saabry Osmany, MD
1.    Nursal GN et al. Is PET/CT Necessary in the Management of Early Breast Cancer? Clin Nucl Med. 2016 Feb 24. Read more...

Answer to January 2016 Case of the Month
HISTORY: A 75-year-old gentleman has a history of prostate cancer and rising PSA levels. Please click here for entire case.  

ANSWER: The case involved a 75 year-old gentleman with a history of prostate cancer and rising PSA levels. The images presented demonstrated showed and F-18 choline-avid incidentaloma.

March 2016 Case of the Month

A 60 year-old lady with a history of right-sided breast cancer and who is status-post lumpectomy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and Femara is presented with associated imagesfor an Na-F PET-CT. What is the cause for the uptake in the left-sided ribs?. Please click here for images.  

Editors and Contributors:
Editor in Chief: Simin Dadparvar, MD
Associate Editor:  Twyla Bartel, DO, MBA
Additional Contributors:
Gholam R. Berenji, MD
Patrick Colletti, MD
Lesley Flynt, MD
Kristina Hoque, MD, MS, PhD
Manohar Kuruva, MD
Saabry Osmany, MD
Chiayi Ni, MD
David Ng, MD
Amol Takalkar, MD, MS

 

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