SNM to focus on personalized medicine advances at conference

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At its 54th Annual Meeting the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) will focus on the latest advances in personalized medicine within the field. The event will take place in Washington, D.C., and is expected to host some 4,000 attendees, including doctors, technologists, scientists, and pharmacists.
"SNM has embarked on a mission to improve healthcare by advancing molecular imaging and therapy, and our program features an increased presence of related research," said SNM President Martin P. Sandler. "Molecular imaging — the use of state-of-the-art imaging technologies (such as PET, SPECT, MRI and others) to ‘photograph’ biological targets or pathways in the body — and its therapy value will be at the forefront of 'personalized medicine, eventually providing patient-specific information that allows tailored treatment of disease."
SNM Technologist Section President D. Scott Holbrook added, "As molecular imaging becomes a significant force in clinical practice, SNMTS members will assume an expanded role in medical care, and this meeting brings us a look at that future. Through research presented here, we can see the evolution of molecular imaging and nuclear medicine and how their advances will impact nuclear medicine technologists in the coming years," he added.
Two invited plenary addresses will be given at the meeting. John C. Gore of Vanderbilt University will present the Henry N. Wagner Jr. lecture on June 3, and James H. Thrall will present the Benedict Cassen Lecture on June 4. SNM and SNMTS will present over 100 continuing education courses focusing on brain amyloid imaging, functional brain imaging in epilepsy and dementia, imaging instrumentation, infection imaging, lymphoma and thyroid cancer, cardiac molecular imaging, bone scanning, general nuclear medicine, reimbursement and coding and critical elements of care in radiopharmacy. More than 180 representatives from the industry's top product and service providers are participating in SNM's exhibit hall.