Category: Nuclear Medicine

How the Coronavirus is Impacting ALARA Standards: What I’m Seeing

One unexpected result of the COVID-19 crisis is that I am seeing the best radiation safety and ALARA practices that I’ve experienced in years. Why is that? In short, our newfound interest in social distancing has highlighted the importance of tried-and-true “time, distance, and shielding” principles. Before the pandemic, it

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Portable Nuclear Imaging Should Be a Part of Our New Normal

Most hospitals utilize portable x-ray and portable ultrasound daily. The ability to provide point-of-care x-ray and ultrasound imaging is an invaluable way to reduce costs, help patients, and increase the overall quality of care. Advancements in technology have made delivering portable nuclear imaging as easy as ultrasound or X-Ray. Which

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When and How Does Nuclear Medicine Go Back to Normal?

The entire medical system of the United States has been focused on a single threat over the past eight weeks. While the dangers from COVID-19 remain present, many states are beginning to open back up, and as capacity increases, medical facilities are easing back into seeing patients. Along with the

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COVID-19 Preparedness for Nuclear Labs

A recent ASNC webinar on the topic of COVID-19 preparedness for nuclear labs featured a panel of experts in the field. The session explored how to address the pandemic within your nuclear department. Here’s a closer look: Before the Imaging Procedure Here in the US, we’re faced with multiple challenges

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The SNMMI Value Initiative: What You Need to Know

Have you heard of the SNMMI Value Initiative? Founded by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), the Value Initiative includes an industry alliance, of which Digirad is a member, providing a forum for the industry to work in partnership. We are excited by the strategic vision for

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Technetium-99m Availability: Production and Industry Update

Overall this year, there has been some unsteadiness in the supply chain for Moly-99 (Mo-99), which in turn affects the supply of technetium-99m (Tc-99m). For operators of gamma cameras, availability of the radiopharmaceutical gives cause for concern. David Pellicciarini, Vice President, Pharmacy Safety, Practice & Technical Operations for Cardinal Health,

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