SNM 2008 Preview
June 14-18 | New Orleans

Nearly 4,000 physicians, scientists, pharmacists and technologists are expected to meet in New Orleans this month from June 14-18 when the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) convenes its 55th Annual Meeting at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. More than 1,600 scientific, technologist and technologist-student abstracts are being presented featuring the latest research in molecular imaging and nuclear medicine.

New featured events include the Joint SNM/U.S. Pharmacopoeia Symposium on June 14, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., an NCI Workshop on the Use of PET/CT in the Clinic and Clinical Trials on June 14, 8 a.m.–4 p.m., and the on-going Novel Approaches to Molecular Imaging.

Capintec (Booth 1355) is unveiling two new products—Captus 3000 Emergency Population Screening System (EPSS) and CapIMAGE Small Field of View Gamma Camera System.

CapIMAGE, designed for imaging small organs and body parts including the thyroid, parathyroid, extremities and gated cardiac studies, has a small footprint with a detector. The system provides detailed images with rapid acquisition, processing and data storage via DICOM connectivity.

The Captus 3000 EPSS combines Capintec’s Captus 3000 Thyroid Uptake system with software designed for emergency population screening and quantification of internal organ contamination associated with a radiologic event. The light, portable stand folds for transport. The Captus 3000 protocol module allows users to develop customized measurement and calculation protocols.

DMS Imaging Interim Solutions (Booth 871) is showcasing PET/CT systems at reduced rates, producing a limited quantity of mobile GE Discovery ST8 and Siemens Biograph PET/CT systems.

DMS provides support services, including temporary staffing, applications training, business development and marketing, scheduling and FDG at national contract pricing.

GE Healthcare (Booth 427) is highlighting several new systems in SPECT/CT, pre-clinical imaging, PET/CT as well as radiopharmaceuticals.

In SPECT/CT, GE is featuring its new Volumetrix Suite, consisting of two software packages—Volumetrix 3D and Volumetrix IR. The Volumetrix 3D brings together advanced 3D visualization with the productivity of 2D image analysis. Volumetrix IR offers a clinician the choice of CT to register with the SPECT data within the nuclear medicine workflow.

For pre-clinical imaging, GE is showing its new eXplore speCZT, a full-ring, solid-state detector small animal SPECT that utilizes a cadmium zinc telluride (CZT) detector, and allows for 360-degree coverage around the animal and high-energy resolution to enable dual or triple radio-nuclide imaging.

For PET/CT, the company is showcasing its Discovery Dimension that allows the clinician to address the PET and CT imaging mismatches related to respiratory and cardiac motion, which include motion correction techniques. GE provides technologies for its Discovery—high-definition PET image processing, patient motion management and clinical productivity features—that address motion.

For radiopharmaceuticals, GE is featuring its FASTlab, a multi-tracer PET chemistry synthesis platform that features a cassette to incorporate pre-measured, pre-loaded reagents.

IBA Molecular (Booth 1034) is presenting its IntegraLab solution and Cyclone 18 Twin.

IntegraLab combines products and services for the production of radiopharmaceuticals, including among others, building design according to cGMP and the selection, integration, supply and installation of equipment to match customer’s radioisotope production goals.

The Cyclone 18 Twin is a new version of IBA’s Cyclone 18/9, which increases production uptime while reducing maintenance intervention. The Cyclone 18 Twin central region also has been redesigned to host two new proton ion sources, aiding the other features of Cyclone 18 family.

Lantheus Medical Imaging (Booth 1425) is highlighting Cardiolite, the technetium-labeled myocardial perfusion agent that has been used to image more than 40 million patients to date.  

From its pipeline, Lantheus is featuring its initiative through clinical data presented on and F-labeled PET tracer (BMS-747158), a new PET agent. 

Medrad (Booth 225) is featuring its Intego PET Infusion System, a technology designed for CT, MRI and which continues with the injector technology for molecular imaging. The Intego allows for dose-on-demand capability for flexible exam scheduling; automated and controlled delivery with built-in dosimetry ensures precision; and fully-shielded mobile design with multi-dose FDG.

The Intego, which is pending 510(k) approval, delivers accurate doses of FDG and flushing solutions as part of a PET or PET/CT procedure, providing radiation shielding to medical personnel. The Vial Shield holds and shields the FDG Vial, along with a shielded needle insertion device.

MIMvista (Booth 645) is introducing its MIM Storage Server, an integrated image archive solution, and featuring its MIMneuro package, which now includes an automated workflow for Epilepsy Analysis performing ictal-interictal SPECT subtractions and MR co-registration within one diagnostic reading station. 

The MIM Storage Server offers archive searching and data transfer with automated study routing and image retrieval, and has scalable security options using LDAP/Active directory. 

The MIMneuro automated system highlights foci by cluster analysis providing radiologists and their referring physicians a clear picture of the epileptic focus, as well as an integrated brain atlas.

Naviscan PET Systems (Booth 341) is showcasing its PEM Flex Solo II, a high-resolution PET scanner designed to image small body parts.  

The PEM Flex utilizes PET technology for positron emission mammography (PEM) which provides spatial resolution of 1.5 mm, allowing a view of small breast lesions.

The PEM Flex scanner consists of two flat, high-resolution detector heads mounted to compression paddles. The close proximity of the 13 mm crystal detectors and limited angle tomographic reconstruction produces the high-resolution images.

Numa (Booth 641) is unveiling two new products—NumaStore Software Only, which allows customers to provide their own hardware configurations for the NumaStore Image Management software application, and NumaRead Rental, which migrates patient image files to online storage systems.

With the NumaStore Software Only, imaging and IT professionals can integrate this version of Numa’s image storage and management application onto their existing radiology department or enterprise server systems. NumaStore also can archive, move, filter, sort, group, query and restore images.

The NumaRead Rental system can be configured to store images on the local computer system or forward them to another workstation, NumaStore or PACS. When the migration is complete and the system is no longer needed, the software is disabled and the hardware components are returned to Numa.

Siemens Medical Solutions (Booth 731/263) is showcasing its HD•PET, Biograph PET•CT family of systems, Symbia SPECT and TruePoint SPECT•CT, the SPECT system and a host of clinical, preclinical and biomarker solutions for cardiology, oncology and neurology.

Siemens’ HD•PET, a high-definition PET technology, offers sharper and clearly defined images across the field of view. The improved 2 mm resolution enables physicians to clearly visualize the smallest of lesions from the center to the edges of the field of view.

The Biograph PET•CT family now includes the TruePoint PET•CT platform that offers high-resolution fusion imaging, image clarity and diagnostic confidence for applications such as oncology patient management and cardiac assessment. An enlarged field of view enables the scanner to image more photons over a greater area, resulting in detailed images, while decreasing acquisition times.

The Biograph 64 PET•CT scanner provides clinicians with its ability to perform high-resolution CT angiography and myocardial perfusion, viability, and function in one accurately registered exam.

Flexible, scalable members of the Symbia family range from advanced SPECT systems to unique SPECT•CT systems that offer CT-based attenuation correction and multislice CT capabilities.