One-third of patients unaware of rad exposure with CT, SPECT
Patient knowledge and understanding of radiation from diagnostic imaging is lacking, according to a research letter published online Dec. 31, 2012, in JAMA Internal Medicine . More than half of patients surveyed heard nothing in the media about radiation from medical imaging, and many of those aware of radiation exposure substantially underestimated dose.
Read more at healthimaging.com
We at NorCal CarciNET are working with the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging to provide information for patients on the benifits and risks of nuclear diagnostic and treatment. To learn more about molecular imaging please see discovermi.org.
ISI plasma 5-HIAA Now Avialable
Clinical Significance for NETs:
The ISI plasma 5-HIAA assay correlates well with the 24-hour urinary 5-HIAA assays. This test has been clinically validated for NET patients who previously relied on the 24-hour urinary 5-HIAA. The plasma 5-HIAA saves time, alleviates the need to collect urine in a collection container, and provides equivalent clinical information. The CPT code for this test is 82542.
NorCal CarciNET at SNM Meeting
On June 8-12, 2012, NorCal CarciNET Support Group exhibited at the Society of Nuclear Medicine annual meeting in Miami. While there we handed out over 200 pamphlets and CDs of information to those in the Nuclear Medicine profession.