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InfoSNM highlights advances in computer, information sciences for molecular imaging

New program demonstrates huge potential and impact of information science and technology in the medical imaging field at SNM's 54th Annual Meeting June 2-6 in Washington, D.C.

Society of Nuclear Medicine

RESTON, Va. -- The explosive growth in the power of digital computers used for molecular imaging and nuclear medicine will be showcased at SNM's 54th Annual Meeting June 2-6 in the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. SNM, the world's largest society for molecular imaging and nuclear medicine, debuts its InfoSNM program, offering both educational programs on information science and technology and novel uses of computers in research and education as well as in the clinic.

"The use of computers and information science--and how they are essential to clinical data processing, image data management, education and science for molecular imaging and nuclear medicine--will be featured at InfoSNM," said SNM's Scientific Program Chair Frederic H. Fahey. "More than 4,000 doctors, technologists, scientists and pharmacists from around the world will have the opportunity to participate with this extraordinary first-time program," he added.

"Computers are an essential part for molecular imaging research and nuclear medicine procedures," said Fahey, who anticipates that the popularity of this program will increase in years to come. InfoSNM will offer computer demonstrations by vendors, computer classrooms used for commercial presentations and general computer education, and computer-based presentations on the use of information science and technology that has been developed in laboratories, said Fahey. "I am encouraged by the tremendous amount of interest and support that InfoSNM has received. Computers and information science touch so many aspects of what molecular imaging and nuclear medicine professionals do every day," he added.

From June 3-5, novel research--for the clinic or research lab--will be presented in six computer presentation sessions. Times have been designated for presenters to describe their work, give demonstrations and answer questions. Topics include

  • the development of a PET/CT database of patient information and scanning parameters;
  • clinical trial data collection and image analysis using hand-held technology;
  • a tumor metrics measurement and tracking system;
  • using simulation to research ideas in emission tomography;
  • dementia evaluation using automated software-based age/sex-matched normal database comparison;
  • 4-D phantoms for medical imaging simulation of mice and men;
  • coregistration and visualization of cardiac CT studies and dynamic PET studies using scene-graphs, direct volume rendering and 2-D transfer functions; and
  • comparative evaluation of serial hybrid imaging studies for quantitative assessment of therapeutic response.

For the same three days--and in adjoining rooms--demonstration programs will be presented, providing information on searching PubMed, the U.S. National Library of Medicine service that offers more than 16 million citations from Medline and other life science journals; freeware imaging display programs; open-source tools for imaging research; and designing an ergonomic reading room.

Members of SNM's Scientific Program Committee, its Computer and Instrumentation Council and IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise), an initiative to improve the way computer systems in health care share information, organized the InfoSNM program.

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To register for the meeting, visit the SNM Web site at http://www.snm.org/am. Press registration is complimentary to credentialed media. For press registration only, contact Maryann Verrillo, at (703) 652-6773 or mverrillo@snm.org. Press representatives may also register online at www.snm.org/am. SNM will hold a press conference from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. on Monday, June 4, featuring an overview of the latest research and discoveries in the world of molecular imaging/nuclear medicine. New applications in oncology, neurology and cardiology will be discussed. Also at this press conference, Henry N. Wagner Jr. will announce the 2007 Image of the Year.

About SNM--Advancing Molecular Imaging and Therapy SNM is holding its 54th Annual Meeting June 2-6 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. Session topics for the 2007 meeting include brain amyloid imaging, hybrid imaging, molecular imaging in clinical drug development and evaluation, functional brain imaging in epilepsy and dementia, imaging instrumentation, infection imaging, lymphoma and thyroid cancer, cardiac molecular imaging, general nuclear medicine, critical elements of care in radiopharmacy and more.

SNM is an international scientific and professional organization of more than 16,000 members dedicated to promoting the science, technology and practical applications of molecular and nuclear imaging to diagnose, manage and treat diseases in women, men and children. Founded more than 50 years ago, SNM continues to provide essential resources for health care practitioners and patients; publish the most prominent peer-reviewed journal in the field (the Journal of Nuclear Medicine); host the premier annual meeting for medical imaging; sponsor research grants, fellowships and awards; and train physicians, technologists, scientists, physicists, chemists and radiopharmacists in state-of-the-art imaging procedures and advances. SNM members have introduced--and continue to explore--biological and technological innovations in medicine that noninvasively investigate the molecular basis of diseases, benefiting countless generations of patients. SNM is based in Reston, Va.; additional information can be found online at http://www.snm.org.

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