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North Dakota moves to license technologists
March 27, 2015 -- North Dakota has passed a measure that sets licensing standards and expands the responsibilities of the state's radiologic technologists, radiation therapists, radiologist assistants, nuclear medicine technologists, and sonographers.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple has signed SB 2236, which creates a pathway for radiologic technologists to take verbal orders from physicians and other healthcare practitioners and enter them into the patient's electronic health record, according to the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT).
The state will create a nine-member State Board of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Medical Examiners to oversee the program. The board will manage the licensing requirements for the personnel who perform medical imaging and radiation therapy procedures. The board will also administer disciplinary measures and penalties, ASRT said.
Enactment of the bill represents a "huge step toward making sure that patient care is provided as quickly and efficiently as possible," said Ann Bell-Pfeifer, from the North Dakota Society of Radiologic Technologists' legislative committee, in a statement.
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ACC: PET/CT trumps SPECT for cardiac studies
Researchers from Utah found that PET/CT is far superior to SPECT for diagnosing myocardial ischemia, with higher sensitivity at a lower radiation dose, according to a paper presented on Sunday at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting in San Diego. PET/CT in particular far outstripped SPECT in determining that patients were free of cardiac disease.
Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with SPECT has long been an important tool in the assessment of heart conditions, but it has disadvantages such as a lack of specificity and relatively high radiation dose. The rise of PET/CT has created the prospect that more accurate MPI scans could be performed at a lower dose.
A group from the Heart Institute at Intermountain Medical Center, led by cardiologist Dr. Kent Meredith, compared MPI scans performed with a SPECT camera in 2012 to those conducted with a PET/CT system in 2013. There were 197 patients in the SPECT group and 200 patients in the PET/CT group.
The researchers found that PET/CT had 100% sensitivity for detecting myocardial ischemia, compared with 94.6% for SPECT. But it was in specificity where PET/CT really outstripped SPECT, at 88% versus only 30.3% for SPECT.
PET/CT's accuracy was also much higher, with a positive predictive value of 98.3%, compared with 72.9% for SPECT. PET/CT's negative predictive value was 100%, compared with 74.1% for SPECT.
SPECT MPI also delivered false-positive results 6% of the time, while there were no false positives with PET/CT MPI. That translates into fewer follow-up procedures, the researchers noted.
Finally, PET/CT's radiation dose is a fraction of what is delivered during SPECT. SPECT typically uses low-energy radiopharmaceuticals that require longer exam times to acquire enough signal to create an image, according to the researchers. Also, the long half-life of SPECT tracers means they can remain in the patient's system for up to two days, producing an average radiation dose of around 30 mSv.
PET/CT radiotracers, on the other hand, typically have half-lives of two minutes, and their higher energy levels mean that images can be produced more quickly, with a radiation dose of around 2 mSv.
In further research, the group plans to analyze PET/CT's effects on cost reduction and the downstream procedures required for working up patients.
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The Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) recently offered the first computed tomography (CT) exam for nuclear medicine technologists (NMTs). On November 15th, a total of 102 individuals passed the first exam with an average passing scaled score of 81.75 (a scaled score of 75 was needed to pass). They all now hold the credential of NMTCB(CT).
Of the 102 new CT credentialed individuals, 94 individuals are certified as CNMTs and eight (8) are registered ARRT(N). Thirteen individuals hold the Positron Emission Tomography (PET) credential and six hold the Nuclear Cardiology Technologist (NCT) credential. Seven individuals hold four NMTCB certifications (CNMT, NCT, PET, and NMTCB(CT)).
The next CT exam will be offered April 17, 2015. The application deadline for this exam is March 1st. As with the other NMTCB exams, we have high standards for eligibility to sit for the NMTCB(CT) exam. All examinees must show proof of education specific to CT. Fortunately, most new NMT graduates meet these educational requirements. All others are required to have a minimum of 35 educational contact hours specific to CT. At least four hours must be in each of the following categories: contrast administration, cross-sectional anatomy, x-ray physics, CT radiation safety. In addition to classroom hours, examinees must also have 500 clinical hours.
For maintenance of certification, anyone holding the NMTCB(CT) credential must earn 12 continuing education hours specific to CT every two years. This is in addition to the 24 hours required to maintain the CNMT credential.
The NMTCB is working with the American College of Radiology (ACR), the Joint Commission and the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) to incorporate the NMTCB(CT) credential into their respective accreditation standards. We are also working with states and the Conference of Radiation Control Program Directors (CRCPD).
Many NMT educational programs have adjusted their curriculum to meet the educational and clinical requirements for students to be eligible to sit for the NMTCB(CT) exam upon graduation. The NMTCB will be offering a $30 discount (from the $180 application fee) for new graduates who apply to take the NMTCB(CT) exam at the same time as the CNMT exam.
The vision of the NMTCB is to be recognized as the certification organization of choice for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging. We currently offer five examinations for nuclear medicine professionals: Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist (CNMT), Positron Emission Tomography (PET), Nuclear Cardiology Technologist (NCT), Computed Tomography (NMTCB(CT)) and Nuclear Medicine Advanced Associate (NMAA). We work hard to keep our finger on the pulse of the profession to make examinations that are both relevant and necessary for nuclear medicine professionals.
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