SNM Puts Personalized Medicine Advances in Focus

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At its 54th Annual Meeting from June 2-6, the Society of Nuclear Medicine (SNM) is focusing on the latest advances in personalized medicine within the field. Some 4,000 attendees, including physicians, technologists, administrators, scientists and pharmacists are expected at the event in Washington, D.C.

“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,” said SNM President Martin P. Sandler.

The conference will include 100+ continuing education courses, and more than 180 representatives from the industry’s top product and service providers are participating in SNM’s exhibit hall. Here are some highlights of what you’ll see on the exhibit show floor.

Capintec (Booth #1418) is showcasing its line of nuclear medicine and radiology shielding products, including the new CRC-25 Dose Calibrator line, and Cap-DICOM software for the Captus 3000 Thyroid Uptake System.

Codonics (Booth #1700) is highlighting its Horizon Multi-media Dry Imager and Virtua Medical Disc Publisher. Both products can stand alone, but together, Horizon and Virtua provide a comprehensive image documentation system. The compact Horizon Multi-media Dry Imager combines the ability to print diagnostic images onto several sizes of film, color paper and grayscale paper in any combination without operator intervention. The Codonics Virtua Medical Disc Publisher is a DICOM-compliant network appliance that can concurrently record and label multiple medical studies onto CD and DVD media. Virtua’s design includes an embedded processor, robotic disc handling and a touch screen interface.

GE Healthcare’s PETtrace10 provides high PET radioisotope production capability.GE Healthcare (Booth #1017) is introducing the PET VCAR (volume computer-assisted reading) oncology application that provides clinicians with a tumor response “report card” for improved patient management.

GE also is highlighting the Discovery VCT (64 slice) PET/CT system with SnapShot Pulse,  an automated response to a patient’s heart rate that ensures that radiation is only on for portions of a scan. The system provides clinicians with both anatomical and physiological information when assessing coronary artery disease.

The Infinia Hawkeye SPECT system is being demonstrated to showcase improvements in coverage and acquisition time. Infinia Hawkeye 4 (4-slice) is designed to increase diagnostic confidence and efficiency for lesion localization and attenuation correction. 

Also on display is the new PETtrace10 which provides high PET radioisotope production capability, and offers PET radiopharmaceutical users increased capacity and reliability for producing PET radioisotopes. GE also is showcasing FASTlab, a multi-tracer, cassette-based PET chemistry synthesis platform with an integrated cassette preloaded with pharmaceutical grade reagents for faster synthesis and higher yields.

MIMvista MIMviewerMIMvista (Booth #1216) is extending its MIMviewer product line by providing immediate remote viewing of PET/CT archives. MIMviewer is now available in two new forms: MIMviewer Referring and MIMviewer Diagnostic. MIMviewer Referring gives physicians powerful PET/CT review capabilities in an intuitive lightweight viewer. MIMviewer Diagnostic additionally supports creation of referring CDs and incorporates more robust functionality. MIMviewer Referring and Diagnostic product lines will be available for demonstration.

Numa (Booth #817) is debuting NumaList Plus, a tool that provides enhanced integration and functionality for the Philips/ADAC Pegasys SPECT system. The new product eliminates time-consuming re-entry of patient information by importing HIS/RIS information directly into Pegasys systems. The user simply selects the scheduled patient at the acquisition workstation and acquires the images. 

Also new at SNM is enhanced vendor compatibility for NumaRead, which enables translation of images from non-DICOM to DICOM format, and automated data migration. NumaRead is especially designed for moving PET, nuclear medicine, nuclear cardiology and related data stored on older, removable media to DVD or online storage

Complementing this is the new NumaStore Lite, a version of Numa’s image storage and management system tailored to the needs of smaller facilities. 


Philips Pulmonary Toolkit is used on its Gemini PET/CT system.Philips Medical Systems