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Nuclear sciences and technologies for health symposium III: A new paradigm for molecular imaging


The latest symposium in the Nuclear Sciences and Technologies for Health series "A new paradigm for molecular imaging" will be held on 14 November 2016 at the Charles Perkins Centre, the University of Sydney, Camperdown. This one day symposium brings together experts from a broad range of disciplines to identify the opportunities afforded by a new generation of total body Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging technology to address the challenges of systemic disease. The symposium is hosted by ANSTO and the University of Sydney.  


The symposium will start with the presentation of a new prototype of a total-body PET scanner by its lead inventor, Professor Simon Cherry from UC Davis, USA.


Further details including the program are available here.


Places are limited so please book your seat as soon as possible.


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Nuclear Medicine technologist training


With the increasing sophistication of Nuclear Medicine and the significant regional investment in the technology it is clear that Nuclear Medicine Technologist training is a critical factor in its development.

The lack of training, however, is a major constraint to the effective use of this technology.

Often there is insufficient understanding of the basic concepts and there are few opportunities for formalized training. Technologists have diverse educational backgrounds and languages, operate varied equipment and many work in geographically remote practices.



Distance Assisted Training (DAT)

The DAT program was initiated by Australian developers, is managed through the University of Sydney in collaboration with ANSTO, and administered under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Vienna.

The training methodology follows work-integrated learning principles delivered in a logical learning sequence and the objective is to provide developing countries with teaching resources for technologist training that is appropriate to the background of the students and the geographical distribution of Nuclear Medicine practices.

Also, to provide a framework for delivery of training courses as National programs that can be adapted to best suit local need. There is evidence of a strong need to encourage the adoption of a standardised approach to technologist training across regions.

DAT is established in many countries across Asia and Latin America, includes translation to Chinese and Spanish and there is growing interest from other regions to participate. Over 900 students have experienced DAT.

DAT continues to evolve with recent access on-line (DAT-OL) enabling interactive exercises to assist the understanding of difficult concepts. The on-line facility permits direct student assessment and ongoing monitoring of progress as well as encouraging student interaction. The full program of 16 modules from basics to advanced integrated imaging involves >850 hours of study.

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