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The 52nd Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) conference in Toronto, Canada, will host some 3,900 medical practitioners, scientists, physicists, pharmacists and technologists in a multi-day event, June 18th to 22nd.

As with each year, the conference also will include an assortment of categorical and scientific sessions, as well as updates for practicing clinicians.

Organizers say that there will be several new education formats at this year's event including Invited teaching posters, 'case of the day' posters, basic science summary sessions, new educational exhibits - poster presentations, and young professionals - poster abstract track.

Attendees can earn continuing education credits for attending certain programs. According to SNM, attendees should expect to gain knowledge in the future of nuclear medicine, the latest indications and applications of PET and PET-CT relating to patient management, and innovations in cardiac imaging.

SNM 2005 will have its exhibit hall open for three full days, starting Sunday and running through Tuesday, with approximately 190 vendors showcasing their newest products and technologies. Following is a sampling of exhibiting companies in alphabetical order:

Bioscan Inc.  (Booth #1304) is exhibiting its new HiSPECT and NanoSPECT small animal imaging systems with sub-millimeter resolution and high sensitivity. HiSPECT is a system for upgrading clinical SPECT cameras at a very low cost entry into small animal imaging. NanoSPECT provides a complete stand-alone camera with 1, 2 or 4 detector heads. HiSPECT and NanoSPECT incorporate interchangeable multi-pinhole aperture plates to maximize imaging sensitivity and resolution. The systems' reconstruction software maintains very high resolution even with limited count data so that quantitative mouse images can be obtained in fewer than 15 minutes. 

Also being featured at SNM are the company's PET chemistry systems, including the AutoLoop and MeI-Plus for Carbon-11, a brand new PET Reformulation module, and Bioscan's 4th generation FDG Synthesizer.  All of Bioscan's systems are designed for reliable and automated production of F-18 and C-11 PET tracers. 

Additional products on display will be the Amercare automated dose dispenser, the Rotem MediSMARTS area and stack monitoring system, and the company's complete line of TLC, HPLC and process control detectors for nuclear medicine research and radiopharmaceutical quality control.

Bracco Diagnostics Inc. (Booth #1508) is providing visitors a look at their line of radiopharmaceuticals that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Featured products include: CardioGen-82, a generator-based positron emission tomography agent reimbursed for the evaluation of coronary artery disease; Choletec, for hepatobiliary imaging; Iodotope I-131 therapeutic capsules for treating thyroid disease offered in potencies up to 130mCi, with low volatility and the smallest capsule commercially available; and MDP-Bracco, a bone imaging agent with a reconstitution activity of up to 500mCi of technetium-99m, suited to address the economic challenges faced by a busy nuclear medicine department.

Cedara Software Corp. (Booth #1347) is showcasing a variety of new software products, including the Cedara PET-CT Workstation, a software application which allows PET-CT image fusion (as well as fusion for other modalities), MPR, rotating PET MIP and a host of other workflow tools. Cedara I-Conference also is on display, which is a multimedia conferencing application built to improve the way radiologists and other medical practitioners review complex, multi-modality clinical cases. Also, the company's new advanced Oncology Treatment Workstation looks at tumors through diffusion-weighted analysis, enabling oncologists to measure the effectiveness of cancer treatments for rapid patient response; additionally, the Nuclear Medicine plug-in for PACS systems provides full spectrum nuclear medicine protocol support throughout healthcare facilities.

Codonics Inc. (Booth #804) is highlighting its multi-media imager Horizon for PET and PET/CT. Horizon eliminates the expense of maintaining three printers by incorporating a film imager, a color printer and a paper printer into one versatile desktop device, according to Codonics. Horizon is designed to improve uninterrupted workflow by automatically printing color and grayscale without switching cassettes or removing ribbons. Horizon can perform 14-inch-by-17-inch and 8-inch-by-10-inch