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Winter 2017 Newsletter

Chair Report
PET Specialty Survey Results
NMTCB’s Expectations of the Certified Technologist
Sensational Senior CNMTs
Executive Director Report
U.S. Nuclear Medicine Technologist Study
Renew Your Credential / Update Your Information
NMTCB Marketplace

REPORT FROM THE CHAIR


Angela Macci Bires, Ed.D., MPM, RT(N), CNMT, FSNMMI-TS
Chair, NMTCB Board of Directors

My experiences as an educator and as a working technologist have given me the opportunity to gain an understanding of the many challenges and changes within our profession. 

I look at our future as part of an interactive triangle. The key components of this working triangle are housed within our educational institutions, certification organizations, and professional agencies. Within this triangle, we all need to provide our students, certificants, and membership with information regarding the opportunities that exist within our field. We need to understand the challenges that our profession is facing. Henceforth, current and valid exams, new credentials, and new opportunities-  the marketing triangle of the technologist.  
 
Within my own personal triangle, as an active member of our professional society, a graduate of an accredited educational program, and now the Chair of the NMTCB,  I believe that it is my obligation to supply information and assistance to the members of our profession. 

By providing validation through certification, the NMTCB acknowledges that an individual has obtained a certification which is provided after they have demonstrated the knowledge required for their professional role as an NMT. Certification confirms that you have mastered the essential knowledge that experts have identified as being necessary for competent practice.

Maintaining this certification is then contingent upon ongoing professional development, attaining continued education, post certification experiences -  the triangle of a successful career. Continuing to accumulate knowledge is essential.  We need to embrace professional development - not just in curriculum design and delivery, but in our own career paths-  the triangle of essential professionalism.
 
Within the bigger triangle, we must acknowledge that we are all members of the same team.  As a team player, we must mutually provide our members, our colleagues, and certificants with information and support regarding the opportunities that exist within our field. As professional technologists, we need to continue to build relationships with the certification boards, our accreditation agency, our professional society and other healthcare providers. As we all know, the importance of open communication and transparency to our membership is essential.

Now, we should ask ourselves, will a chair with three legs keep its balance? Maybe yes, but maybe no. But, with support, it can. We can all become that balanced chair.

PET Specialty Survey Results
 

Cindi Luckett-Gilbert, MHA, CNMT, PET
PET Specialty Exam Chair
NMTCB Board of Directors


On April 26, 2016, a PET Specialty Survey was distributed by email to 804 current PET specialty certificants.  This survey was designed to determine what currently practicing PET technologists felt was the important /critical knowledge and skills needed to perform all aspects of state of the art PET.   This data was collected for the purposes of updating and validating the NMTCB PET Specialty Examination and corresponding content outline.   

The survey itself was quite lengthy, as it included sections on instrumentation, quality control, radiation safety, radiopharmaceuticals (approved and research), interventional and other related pharmaceuticals, patient care and management, causes of artifacts, procedures and pathology related to PET oncology, neurology and cardiology.   A total of 248 (30.8%) surveys were returned. 
 
Demographics
Technologists from 42 states responded, with the greatest number responding from Texas (8%) and Pennsylvania (8.9%).  Over half (54.8%) of the survey respondents work in a hospital.  Just under half (46%) work in a large city, while 47% reported working in a suburban or small city setting.  Sixty one percent (61%) of those who responded claim to spend greater than 40% of their work day performing PET studies.  

Experience of Respondents
The respondents' years of experience practicing PET ranged widely with 48.8% having 10 or less years of experience with 46.4 % having greater than 10 years’ experience.   

Most respondents are responsible for starting the IV and injecting the radiopharmaceutical (88.3% and 90.3% respectively).   Other responsibilities reported include:
  • Monitoring patients during stress - 20.2%
  • Delivering interventional pharmaceuticals - 22.2%
  • Monitoring patients post interventional pharmaceuticals - 29.8%
  • Monitoring blood glucose - 87.5%
  • Perform research studies - 45.6%
The percentage of respondents that are ACLS certified is 14.5%. The percentage of respondents working in a facility that participates in the National Oncologic PET registry is 63.7%. The percentage of respondents working in a facility that participates in The Imaging Dementia – Evidence for Amyloid Scanning (IDEAS) study  is 30.3%
 
Cardiac, Oncology, and Neurology PET
Respondents were asked to indicate if they felt that a topic was (1) important to understand  and (2) critical to  the performance of a test, patient care & safety, diagnostic quality and outcomes.  For each of section of the survey (cardiac studies, oncology studies, and neurology studies) questions were asked about:
  • Patient instructions and preparation
  • Acquisition and imaging technique
  • Indications and contraindications
  • Glucose testing
  • Sequencing of procedures
  • Injection technique
  • Imaging times
  • Positioning
  • Gating (respiratory and cardiac)
  • Aspects of data processing (exs. Filtering, EF, image processing, other)
  • PET Camera system performance and QC
  • Sources of error / artifacts
  • Normal radiopharmaceutical distribution
  • Common pathologies
  • Miscellaneous and interventional pharmaceuticals
  • ECG
  • Other
The survey  response rates leaned heavily towards important or somewhat important and critical or somewhat critical verses not important or not critical for all of the above with the exception of some of the miscellaneous pharmaceuticals. 

 Radiopharmaceuticals
Again, respondents were asked to indicate if they felt that a topic was (1) important to understand  and (2) critical to  the performance of a test, patient care & safety, diagnostic quality and outcomes. Questions were asked about:
  • Physical properties of radioactive materials
  • Radionuclide production
  • Synthesis of radiopharmaceuticals
  • Radiopharmaceutical quality control and problems
  • Dosage and Dose calculations
  • Indications for use
  • Normal radiopharmaceutical distribution and normal variants
  • Mechanism of localization
  • FDA “Approved for Use” radiopharmaceuticals
  • Research radiopharmaceuticals
 
The response rates leaned heavily towards important or somewhat important and critical or somewhat critical versus responses indicating  items were not important or not critical for all of the above, with the exception of some of the miscellaneous pharmaceuticals. 

Other sections of the survey included:
Miscellaneous pharmaceuticals, Equipment and Equipment Quality control (PET scanner, CT scanner, survey meters dose calibrator, well counter). No changes to examination outline were made as a result of the survey findings within these content area sections.
 
Summary
These survey findings validate that the NMTCB's PET specialty exam is current, accurate, and relevant to the expectations, scope, and breadth of the PET field.

NMTCB's PET Exam is designed to allow the PET technologist the opportunity to demonstrate his or her expertise in the field of positron emission tomography.
The content of the exam covers all aspects of the use of positron emission tomography for routine clinical and research purposes. This requires the candidate for this exam to have a high level of knowledge in instrumentation, the production of quality diagnostic images and results, the scope of radiopharmaceuticals for clinical and research purposes, radiation protection and effective patient care and management. 
 

To view the updated PET Specialty Exam Content Outline,
please go here: http://nmtcb.org/documents/PET-Content-Outline-2016.pdf

To view the eligibility requirements and application for the NMTCB's PET Specialty Examination,
please click here: http://nmtcb.org/specialty/petExam.php

Ethical & Professional Behavior:
NMTCB’s Expectations of the Certified Technologist


NMTCB is dedicated to the promotion of safe, competent medical care for any and all individuals.  A certificate granted by the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) signifies recognition that an individual has met certification qualifications set by the NMTCB, including education, experience, examination, and good moral character.  The NMTCB takes ethics and professional behavior seriously.  Each year the NMTCB Disciplinary Committee reviews any cases of misconduct by NMTCB certified technologists that are reported to us.  The Disciplinary Committee provides oversight and guidance on policies and procedures related to the ethics and professionalism of technologists certified by the NMTCB. 

Some of these cases may lead to disciplinary action towards the technologist's certification.  Behaviors such as falsifying records, misuse of a credential (such as NCT or PET) that was not earned, substance abuse or other misconduct while on the job, and non-work related felonies are examples of behaviors for which a technologist may be disciplined with sanctions such as probation, suspension or even the loss of their certification. 

This article will explain the ethical and professional conduct expected of NMTCB certificants, give examples of offensives that would constitute grounds for disciplinary action and list the actions that NMTCB might take against a certificant that does not comply with expectations.  This article will also describe how the NMTCB is informed about breaches in the conduct of its certificants and explain the review process.

The NMTCB expects that certificants abide by the Code of Ethics written by our professional organization.  See http://www.nmtcb.org/policies/ethics.php.   The principle statements in the Code of Ethics include but are not limited to how a technologist should treat and respect patients and others, perform their job functions, comply with the laws governing the practice of nuclear medicine and comply with civil laws. 

A certificant or applicant must comply with all existing and future rules, regulations and ethical standards established by the NMTCB and the nuclear medicine community and will bear responsibility for demonstrating compliance with these standards of behavior. Failure to do so may lead to administrative action by the NMTCB against the certificant, including but not limited to the denial of an application, non-renewal of a certificate, probation, suspension or revocation of any and all NMTCB credentials or applications.  (See definitions in the table 1 at the end of this article.)
 
Example of Potential Offenses/Violations
What type of offensives could result in disciplinary action?  The following is a list of examples:

1. failure to promote the safety and welfare of the public, whether through negligent acts, acts of omission or through misrepresentation;
2. conviction (which includes guilty pleas and pleas of nolo contendre) of a felony;
3. conviction of a misdemeanor (which includes guilty pleas and pleas of nolo contendre) directly related to public health or the provision of safe, competent medical care;
4. misuse or reproduction, in any manner or fashion, of NMTCB certification examination materials, certificates, logos, abbreviations, or emblems recognized as the exclusive property of the NMTCB without the expressed written consent of the NMTCB;
5.  failure to relinquish and/or refrain from using NMTCB certificates and/or renewal cards, the NMTCB logo and/or emblems, the NMTCB name, and/or NMTCB credentialing abbreviations, when so directed by the NMTCB;
6. misrepresentation or falsification of material information in connection with an application, credentials, assessment documentation, continuing education reports, or other materials or information submitted to the NMTCB;
7. failure to comply with any duly entered order of the NMTCB regarding an NMTCB certificate or application;
8. engaging in inappropriate conduct in connection with the certification process or renewal of the certification process.
9. denial of an application, discipline or adverse administrative action of any professional license;
10. termination from an employment position involving the use of NMTCB credentials AND where the conduct leading to such termination has involved violent crimes, crimes of a sexual nature, job related crimes and other.
11. filing of a complaint deemed to be frivolous and intended to harm a certificant or applicant and not intended to protect the public;
12. other conduct the NMTCB determines is inconsistent with the standards required of an NMTCB certificant, including but not limited to, unethical, unprofessional and/or incompetent medical practice.

Reporting Violations
There are several ways that the NMTCB is made aware of violations of ethical behavior that could result in disciplinary action.  The first way is by a certificant self-reporting violations.  Each year when a certificant completes the renewal form they must answer Yes or No to four different Ethics questions.  Those questions, which are listed in Table 2 below, relate to professional or work related incidences & offenses and legal criminal charges.  If a certificant answers “Yes” to any of the four questions, they are also required to provide a written explanation and then documentation if requested.

The NMTCB also accepts reports or notifications from other parties on possible violations of NMTCB rules, regulations, and ethical standards.  Examples of other parties that could and have in the past reported on certificant violations includes State licensing agencies, employers, technologists, physicians,  and others.  In all cases, the reports must be in writing, provide the name of the accused, detail & available documentation of the violation, and include a name and signature of the complainant.    Even without receiving such written complaint or notification, the NMTCB could initiate an investigation or disciplinary proceedings as a result of reliable publically available information (such as court records of a DUI).

Violation Investigation and Review Process
In all cases the NMTCB makes a reasonable effort to investigate and determine the facts of the situation.  Then the accused will be notified of the allegations against them and asked to provide their explanation and response to the allegations within 30 days.  During the investigation process, the identity of the person making the report of violation may be made known at the discretion of the NMTCB, as well as the identities or other individuals with knowledge of the facts and circumstances surrounding the alleged misconduct.  Once all the facts are collected, they are reviewed by a Disciplinary Committee of the Board.  Based on the facts of the case, the Committee may dismiss the charge for insufficient grounds or that only a minor or technical violation has been incurred.  Or the committee may choose to take an administrative action (impose a penalty or sanction) against the certificant as previously described.   The individual against which an administrative action has been taken has the right to appeal the decision and is notified of the appeal rules and process. 

Summary
A certificant of the NMTCB holding the designation of CNMT is a representative of the NMTCB and the profession.  NMTCB expects its certificants to conduct themselves ethically and professionally at all times and under all circumstances within their workplace settings.   NMTCB believes that the majorities of certificants do so and are a credit to the profession.  Yet,  every year there may be several technologists that are found to have violated the ethical and professional conduct required of them.  

We hope that this article serves as a reminder of NMTCB’s professional standards for our certificants.  Technologists should take pride in who you are, what you do, and have achieved.   Congratulations and keep up the good work!

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Table 1. Definitions:
Probation: The certificant maintains certification, but specific requirements must be met within a given time frame in order to return to Active status. If the probation requirements are not met, the certificant may be subject to further administrative discipline.

Suspension: The certificant has his/her certification removed. There is a possibility of the certification being reinstated after specific requirements have been met.

Revoked (or Revocation) : The certificant has had his/her certification removed. The only possibility of reinstatement is by passing the examination after meeting the current eligibility requirements.
 
Table 2.  Renewal Ethics Questions Required of all Certificants:
  1. been charged with or convicted of a misdemeanor (other than a minor traffic offense) or felony or general court martial in military service, and/or are any such charges currently pending against you?
  2. had any professional license, registration, or certification application denied, or any issued license, registration, or certification revoked, suspended, placed on probation, or subject to any type of discipline by a regulatory authority or certification board?
  3. been found by any court or administrative body, including but not limited to employers, to have committed negligence (simple or willful), malpractice, recklessness, or engaged in misconduct in the practice of any profession?
  4. been terminated from an employment position involving the use of NMTCB credentials and where the conduct leading to such termination has involved: child or elder abuse, sexual abuse, substance abuse, job-related crimes, violent crimes against persons?  
To view the full text of the NMTCB Ethics & Disciplinary Policy, please visit: http://nmtcb.org/policies.php

See You in Colorado!

Network with colleagues, get CE credits, explore the poster hall, and visit the NMTCB booth in the exhibit hall at the SNMMI 2017Annual Meeting. 


JOIN THE NMTCB TEAM!!

 Come join us at the SNMMI Annual Meeting in the The Mile High City for a fun run! NMTCB has two teams open to the public and anyone can join: a walking team and a running team. You can register for the Hot Trot 5K and join either NMTCB team here: http://www.active.com/denver-co/running/distance-running-races/hot-trot-5k-2017

The race is open to runners and walkers. There will be prizes for top finishers. Online registration is open until 6/04/17 or until the race sells out (whichever comes first) after that date you can register in person 6/09/17 or 6/10/17.

Proceeds from the Hot Trot 5K will  benefit the advancement of molecular and nuclear medicine technologists through professional development that promotes clinical excellence and optimal patient outcomes via the SNMMI-TS Professional Development and Education Fund. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit Freedom Service Dogs, nonprofit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by rescuing dogs and custom training them for individual client needs. Come out, have fun, and support your field.The run will take place at 7 AM on Saturday, June 10, 2017 near the Colorado Convention Center. 

Sensational Senior CNMTs

Elpida Crawford, MS, CNMT
NMTCB Associate Executive Director


While reviewing our certificant numbers for the 2016 year, NMTCB realized that 25 of our  "active" certified technologists were between the ages of 75 – 82 years old. This made us wonder whether these “Senior CNMT” certificants were still working within the nuclear medicine field. Intrigued to learn more, we contacted each of these Senior CNMTs to hear their stories and survey them about their professional experiences.

Fifteen of the 25 certificants responded to our questions. We learned that some of these Senior CNMTs are still actively working and some only just recently retired from the NMT field.Through their stories, we can be reminded of how far we have come as a profession and the important things to continue to embrace as we look to the future. One of our Senior CNMT’s stories is featured towards the end of this article as an example of the “early days” of our profession. In an effort to fully capture their respective stories, this article is a summary of what we learned.
 
Our Senior CNMTs said they began their careers working in nuclear medicine between the years of 1962 – 1973. They came from a variety of backgrounds - some were previously X-ray technologists or medical technologists who cross trained to work in NM. Others had a BS degree in one of the basic sciences and one graduated from the US Navy Radioisotope School.  Only one of the Senior CNMTs we surveyed went through a formal NMT educational program.
 
One Senior CNMT started in nuclear medicine before any imaging procedures were even performed in his facility. He started out performing non-imaging studies, such as blood volumes and thyroid uptakes. Many of our Senior CNMTs reported that they were doing blood volume procedures with 51Cr labeled RBC’s and 125I serum albumin. Several reported performing the Schillings tests with Cobalt labeled vitamin B12 (57Co and 58Co).
 
Most of our Senior CNMT’s reported working with a rectilinear scanner and an early gamma camera equipped with a Polaroid attachment for “pulling” flow study pictures.  Radiopharmaceuticals used for imaging with the rectilinear scanner were labeled with Mercury 197Hg or 203Hg, 131I , 32P,  198Au, 85Sr.  These radionuclides emit high energy photons and are not well suited for imaging with the gamma camera.  The studies our senior technologists reported performing with the rectilinear scanner were:
  • Thyroid scans with 131I
  • 203Hg Brain scans
  • Bone scans with 85Sr or 18F Fluoride.
  • Liver scans with 197Au Sulfur Colloid
  • 131I Rose Bengal hepatobiliary scans
 
When the technetium generator became commercially available, the “bread and butter procedures” performed with the gamma camera in the early 1970’s were reported to be the following:
  • Brain flow and scan with 99mTc pertechnetate
  • Liver scan with99mTc sulfur colloid
  • Lung perfusion imaging with 99mTc MAA
  • Bone scans with 99mTc labeled bone agents.
  • Thyroid scans with 99mTc pertechnetate
 
Many currently certified technologists were not even born when our Senior CNMTs started working in the field.  It might be hard for our “young techs” to imagine the field of Nuclear Medicine before the use of gamma cameras and computers, technetium generators, commercial radiopharmacies, and the long list of procedures and agents now approved for routine use.

In the early days, all Technetium radiopharmaceuticals (kits) were made in-house.  Our NMTCB Seniors reported that they used an in house generator to make their 99mTc radiopharmaceuticals from the 1970’s through the 1980’s and some of them even into the 1990’s and early 2000’s.   The range of years varied tremendously from as little as 5.5 years to 30 years. 

All of the Senior CNMTs we surveyed mentioned that they had started out as staff technologists.  Most of them went on to become chief techs or supervisors.  Some became managers in radiology or hospital administration. A few remained as staff technologists throughout their  entire careers.  Some of the Senior CNMTs who had moved into administration later left and went back to being a staff tech as part time or per diem employees.  

Most of the Senior CNMTs we surveyed stated that they worked with NMT students as clinical instructors. Some of them trained others to be nuclear medicine technologists on the job, as that is how it was done back then. Several of them learned other modalities.  Five (36%) of our Senior CNMTs are now fully retired and are no longer working, but do maintain their credential with NMTCB.  The others are working in some capacity either full time, part time or per diem. 
 
We asked our seniors the question “What does NMT mean to you?” Their answers were quite touching and embraced the true spirit of what it means to be NMT.  Below are some of their responses to that question:

 
  • It is what I LOVE. It has been a wonderful career for me. I loved being a technologist, chief technologist, administrator, and teacher. I was also involved at the national level.
  • I love my job and always have. Never a day that I did not want to go to work.
  • Medical technology was ok for the first 10 years, but Nuclear Medicine is my love, my life my hobby. That’s why I am still working after 55 years. I’m afraid that I will die if I retire!
  • It has been and still is a great ride! The work has always been interesting and satisfying. I still get to go to work, it pays for my sins and still gives me enough time off to commit a few.
  • Being a part of a national group to ensure quality imaging with compassion and respect.
  • It was one of my steps to success!
  • It is meaningful to know that I have can provide a useful part of the puzzle in people’s health care.
  • A lot! It’s a respectable good paying job.
  • Nuc Med was very good to me. I looked forward to going to work every day. Loved the people and the work.
  • Challenging field. Love working with students, patients, and MDs.
  • It keeps me sane! I love what I do.
  • It was great. I loved Nuclear Medicine!
 
For new technologists just entering the field, the Senior CNMTs have the following advice:

-These times are as exciting as ever in Nuclear Medicine.  Keep aware of what’s coming.  Embrace new applications. Learn as much as you can. 

-Become familiar with all modalities. Learn CT and MRI. Work hard. Read your journals and be ahead in your field with your knowledge. Always be professional in attitude and appearance. 

-Never compromise on rules, laws, and patient care!  Be people/patient oriented, look and be aware of their needs, immediate comfort both physical and mental.  

- Make sure that your patient is well informed.  “Nuclear” is still a scary word.

- Talk to your patients – it will make your life easy.   Many people are scared when they come for their exams.  Always take a few moments (before giving an injection) to talk to them and find out what their concerns are to help them be more calm / relaxed.



 


Below is just one of the many interesting stories we heard from the technologists who responded to our survey.  This is the account of a 79-year old technologist who still keeps her NMTCB certification ACTIVE .  She prefers to keep her identity concealed. To respect her wishes, we shall omit her real name for this story.


Clara’s  Story

Clara graduated from a medical technology program in 1959.  Between 1960 and  1966 she worked for the Wyeth Laboratories Research division in a lab working on the Polio vaccine.  Clara married and stayed home with the children for several years. In 1973, she returned to work as medical technologist at a Philadelphia area hospital.

At that time, nuclear medicine (NM) imaging and the in vitro radioimmunoassays were part of the medical laboratory service.  The pathologists read and reported the nuclear scans.  Shortly after she started working at the hospital, they needed someone to learn NM  imaging to be a backup person for the full time technologist.  Clara volunteered to learn the job and that was the start of a long and successful career as an NMT.  The hospital agreed to allow her to go back to school to obtain formal NM education.  While still working part time at the hospital she attended the Fitzgerald Mercy’s Philadelphia School of Nuclear Medicine graduating in 1975. She became a CNMT with NMTCB in 1978, as part of the very first group of certified nuclear medicine technologists that NMTCB credentialed.

In her early years as a technologist, the hospital had only a rectilinear scanner (first 4-5 years).  When the hospital got a gamma camera, the workload was primarily liver scans, lung scans and bone scans all performed with radiopharmaceuticals made in house.  They milked their in-house Tc99m generator, boiled the sulfur colloid and did whatever needed to be done to prepare and administer doses.  In the very early years this was done without syringe shields.   It was not until the mid-1980’s that the hospital began purchasing products from a commercial radiopharmaceutical. 

Clara worked as a staff technologist for 10 years and then worked the next 25 years as the chief technologists/ administrator.  During that time, the department grew to have three cameras and five technologists.   She was a clinical instructor for students from the Thomas Jefferson University NMT Program. The hospital took 1-3 students a year.   Nuclear Medicine remained a part of the Medical Laboratory until the majority of the RIA tests were transitioned to other types of assays.  In the 1990’s Nuclear Medicine became a part of the Radiology Department and the hospital hired a nuclear physician to read the scans.   Clara retired 10 years ago but continued to take call for NM for 3 years after retiring. 

Clara said that her nuclear medicine career was very good to her.  She looked forward to going to work every day.  She loved the people and the work.   She still enjoys going to professional organization meetings 2-3 times a year.  She enjoys learning and keeps up with her continuing education.


The NMTCB would like to thank and salute all of our Senior CNMTs for their many years of patient service - and their willingness to share their experiences with us!  

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S REPORT


Katie Neal, BS, MS
NMTCB Executive Director

Happy New Year! It's hard to believe that the 2016 year has already come and gone. By many measures, 2016 was a good year for our national certification board.

NMTCB currently maintains five certification programs for nuclear medicine technologists (CNMT, NMTCB(CT), NCT,  PET, and NMAA).  NMTCB saw a total of 819 candidates sit for the entry level nuclear medicine exam during the 2016 year. Of those, 681 individuals did successfully pass and can now proudly call themselves "Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologists."

Below is a snapshot of NMTCB's current registry numbers for each of our certification programs:

Also during the 2016 year, the NMTCB Board of Directors confirmed their plans to move forward with developing a new Radiation Safety credential specifically designed for nuclear medicine technologists. This new NMTCB(RS) certification will be intended to assess a technologist's expertise in all aspects of RAM and CT radiation safety issues, while also verifying their competency in fluoroscopy, X-ray, and MRI safety matters. A technologist who is certified as an NMTCB(RS) certificant should be able to help ensure facilities are properly and continually compliant with their RAM licensing requirements, but it should also help supervisors and RSO’s identify nuclear certified individuals who have demonstrated their knowledge in regulatory safety issues. We currently anticipate this exam will be ready for delivery by the end of 2017!

In other news to look forward to in the 2017 year, we anticipate seeing the ongoing acceptance of the NMTCB(CT) credential,  as individual licensing states continue to update their requirements for CT certification. A total of 406 technologists nationwide now hold the NMTCB(CT) certification.   NMTCB saw 172 individuals sit for our computed tomography examination in 2016, with 142 individuals gaining the NMTCB(CT) credential (82.5% pass rate). The CT exam is now "on-demand," which means an applicant can schedule to sit for the test at any time once their eligibility has been determined.

Also in 2017, NMTCB plans to be in attendance at the SNMMI Annual Meeting in Colorado. If you have plans to travel to Denver, please come visit NMTCB in the Exhibit Hall at Booth #1068.  We also have two HOT TROT 5K race teams that are open to the public and anyone can join. If you've already registered for the Hot Trot 5K, you can join either the NMTCB walking or the NMTCB running team here:  https://myevents.active.com/

As many applicants and NMTCB certificate holders know, we can be reached by telephone at most any time to address your questions or concerns. NMTCB’s objective is to provide the highest level of service possible to each of our certificants, but please note that nearly every question you may have is answered on the NMTCB website (www.NMTCB.org).   We also provide a dedicated webpage just for verifications– which means an employer may use it to quickly verify an individual’s status by simply inputting their first and last name at the page: https://www.nmtcb.org/certificants/verification.php.  If there is any additional information you would like to see included on the website, please let us know. 

Finally, as I reflect on all the events of the past year, I cannot help but think how lucky I am to work with the remarkable people who make up the nuclear medicine community. On a daily basis I am energized by seeing the extraordinary work that both our "new" and "seasoned" technologists are willing and able to do. As detailed in the "Sensational Senior CNMTs" article above, there are some truly dedicated individuals who have chosen to follow career paths in NMT. 

NMTCB is also fortunate to be led by a dedicated group of board members who share a commitment to the field of nuclear medicine. I certainly want to recognize all the work that the members of the NMTCB Board of Directors do for our certification organization.  I would like also to extend a warm welcome to the new Directors who were recently elected to serve on the NMTCB Board: Kirly Simpson of Hephzibah, GA, and Michelle Wauters of Winterset, IA.

We look forward to a happy and productive 2017!


The NMTCB promotes quality healthcare by certifying individuals through psychometrically sound examinations to practice and advance in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.

 

NEW RESEARCH – January 2017:  U.S. Nuclear Medicine Technologists Study
 
The NMTCB is collaborating with the University of Minnesota, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists on a U.S. Nuclear Medicine Technologists (USNMT) Study.   The study will focus on the rapidly expanding field of nuclear medicine in health care to help more fully understand the potential risks to people working in jobs with medical ionizing radiation exposure.  
 
In January 2017, approximately 1500 Nuclear Medicine Technologists (NMTs) were contacted to participate in a feasibility study and asked to complete an online survey about their work history in nuclear medicine.   This survey is an important tool in providing information about work histories, practices, and risks associated with people working in this field over different periods of time. 
 
If you received an email about the USNMT Study, please consider completing the survey to share your work experience in nuclear medicine.  Regardless of whether you are still working or have left the profession, your participation is important because your experiences may be different from others.
 
If you wish to contact the University of Minnesota Research staff, call 1(800)447-6466 or email usnmt@umn.edu.

We appreciate your feedback!

Since 1978, NMTCB has proudly offered certification examinations solely for the field of nuclear medicine technology-  resulting in valid, high-quality professional credentials for qualified technologists.

During this rapid change in healthcare procedures and policies, it is now more important than ever to keep your credentials up to date. Whether a technologist maintains a CNMT, NMTCB(CT), PET, NCT, or  NMAA credential – that particular credential is intended to be considered the “gold standard” for this profession.


Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you.
We welcome your questions, suggestions, and feedback.
Feel free to email the NMTCB board at
board@nmtcb.org.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chair of the Board
Angela Macci Bires, Ed.D., MPM, CNMT

Chair Elect
Sara Johnson, CNMT

Secretary
Michael Kroeger, CNMT, NCT, PET, NMAA
 
Treasurer
Misty Ehret, CNMT, PET
 
Directors

Jon Baldwin, DO
Cindy Brodnax, CNMT, NMTCB(CT)
Tina Buehner, CNMT
Ada Courtney, CNMT, PET
Fred Fahey, BS, MS, DSc
Bennett Greenspan, MD
George Hinkle, RPh, BCNP
Robert Loch, PhD, MBA, CNMT
Cindi Luckett-Gilbert, MHA, CNMT, PET
Gregory G. Passmore, PhD, CNMT
Jon Shepard, MS, DABR, CNMT
Kirly Simpson, CNMT
Richard Siska, CNMT, NCT, NMAA
Jaime Warren, CNMT

Michelle Wauters, CNMT
 
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Executive Director
Katie Neal, BS, MS

Associate Executive Director
Elpida Crawford, MS, CNMT
 
Database Manager
Alfred L. Shellman
 
Certificant Services Manager
Bridget Williams
 
Examinations Manager
Elizabeth Rhodes, BS, MBA
 
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Barbara T. Dixon
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