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Spring 2014 Newsletter

Message from the Past Chair
2013 Task Analysis Report
Executive Director's Report
News Around NM
CT Exam Announcement
Salary Survey Results
Meet the New Directors
Message from the New Chair

 

MESSAGE FROM THE PAST CHAIR
NMTCB REPORT Past, Present, and Future.

Jimel Carpenter, CNMT, NCT
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as chair of the NMTCB Board of Directors. It has been an amazing journey to have taken part in something that is so vital to our profession. I am honored and humbled to have been the first African-American to hold this position. Although we may not speak of it on a regular basis, there are still many milestones and achievements that are being reached by all minorities. I am thankful that the organization was open to allow an individual from humble beginnings to ascend to such an integral position in its leadership. On a personal note, I would like to thank one of my mentors Danny Basso, CNMT, NCT. His encouragement and support both leading up to and throughout my involvement with the NMTCB is immeasurable.  It is with a glad heart that I am able to relinquish the reins of the organization into the very capable hands of Cybil Nielsen, CNMT. Cybil is an educator as well as a past president of the SNMMITS, and brings a wealth of visionary leadership and experience to the position. I can only imagine the possibilities for growth that our organization will experience under her leadership. I would also like to make special mention of two very important people in the life of the NMTCB. David Perry, CNMT, PET and Katie Neal have both been wonderful as our organization’s Executive Director and Associate Executive Director. I cannot say enough good things about the leadership and contributions they have each made toward the successes we all share. As this chapter in my professional life comes to a close, I would like to share a few reflections about the development of what has become the premier certifying organization in the field of nuclear medicine technology.
 
This has been a year that we have had to say goodbye to many very important members of our team. These individuals have each had a very profound impact on the direction and success of the organization. Nancy DeLoatch, CNMT, NCT has served on the Board for 4 years playing a very important role in the growth of our NCT and NMAA exams. Debbie Gibbons, CNMT, PET has rendered 8 years of service to the organization specializing in PET. Robert Pagnanelli, CNMT, NCT has had an immeasurable impact on the overall direction of the NMTCB, serving as NCT and Specialty Exam Chair for many years. Robert has also held the positions of Board Chair and Treasurer. Our beloved Michele Beauvais represented one of our partner organizations in the area of radiopharmacy. She served the NMTCB faithfully well beyond her expected commitment. Due to her expertise and necessity to new exam development, Michelle participated as active board member for 11 years. We salute each of our former board members for their individual contributions made over the years toward the achievement of common goals. At the same time I would like to welcome Jon Shepard M.S., DABR, DABSNM to the NMTCB Board of Directors. Jon is a medical physicist who began as a nuclear medicine technologist. He brings a wealth of knowledge as well as a unique perspective to our organization.
 
As we celebrate 35 years of providing the examination of choice for nuclear medicine technologists, it is evident that the nuclear medicine community was justified in charging the group of technologists, physicians, and scientists with creating an examination that eventually became the NMTCB. The past has presented its fair share of challenges, as well as many meaningful successes. I don’t think it should ever be taken for granted the investment of time, effort, and resources that each and every former NMTCB Board member has made toward the success of the organization. As a new Board member, I learned very quickly that involvement in this organization required me to at times put aside other concerns, and focus my efforts on the business at hand for the NMTCB. I truly believe that the demanding nature of NMTCB Board membership was part of what has made this experience so special for me. Observing the passion and zeal with which my predecessors served on the Board, inspired me to a higher level of commitment. Having the knowledge of what it takes to lead in this organization, I salute all those who have served with and before me on the NMTCB
 
The present-day NMTCB is a robust and vigorous organization. We continue to serve the initial ideals of providing high quality psychometrically sound examinations that have distinguished the most qualified individuals in the field of nuclear medicine technology. We have also diversified as the opportunities have presented themselves. The specialty exams are doing a fantastic job in distinguishing the cream of the crop in the respective areas of expertise that they represent. The NCT exam has become standard for the nuclear cardiology profession that has been such a big part of our profession for so many years. As the technology continues to advance in the PET arena, the PET examination continues to evolve and is only going to be more integral to the profession as time progresses. As the NMAA specialization continues to grow, the examination has performed admirably in evaluating the competency of graduates in the field. The NMTCB entry-level examination has weathered every storm that we have faced in our profession. Although we have seen some decline on the numbers of students graduating from programs, our strategic business decisions have allowed us to cut costs and remain financially sound. It continues to be the examination of choice for most of the graduates in our nation and abroad. With regard to overseas expansion, the NMTCB has already partnered with some international organizations and are always open to consider additional partnerships to offer the examination to qualified candidates. Around the world the NMTCB is recognized as a forward thinking organization providing an examination that best represents the field of nuclear medicine technology from a technologist’s perspective.
 
The future of the NMTCB is a promising one. The organization has never taken the posture to rest on its laurels, instead always seeking the next opportunity for growth and service to the nuclear medicine technology community. To that end, we as an organization are excited to move forward in the development of a computed tomography NMTCB(CT) examination that meets a growing need in the field. Over an 8-10 year period we have seen explosive growth in nuclear medicine technologists being required to perform both low dose and diagnostic CT examinations as part of their daily duties. The proliferation of hybrid scanners that merge SPECT or PET with CT has drastically changed the landscape of nuclear medicine technology. In the future, this trend of dual modality technology is sure to continue to grow. Historically there have been challenges for nuclear medicine technologists in getting the CT specific competencies in their various working environments. Many technologists practice in very specialized and compartmentalized imaging departments, or stand-alone imaging centers that have not afforded them the opportunities they have desired to fulfill the requirements. The NMTCB has been aware of the difficulties many of our certificants faced, and has chosen to offer an experiential alternative that may be more accessible to working nuclear medicine professionals seeking CT certification. Because of increased hybridization of our modality, the professional futures of many technologists may very well depend on earning this credential.
 
In conclusion the NMTCB will continue to seek opportunities to meet whatever needs may arise in our profession. It is only through the forward thinking and dedication of each and every one of our board members, office staff, and individual certificants that we will continue to innovate and lead in the certification of nuclear medicine technology professionals. I thank each and every one for continuing to support the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board.

2013 Task Analysis Report

 
Bryan Kerr, CNMT, NCT, PET
 In keeping with the goal of remaining relevant, the NMTCB periodically performs a task analysis and makes adjustments to the examinations as deemed appropriate.  A task analysis was performed in the fall of 2013 and certain items will be added to or removed from the respective exams.

The items that will be added to the radiopharmaceuticals lists for both the CNMT and NMAA examinations beginning in April 2015 include Tc-99m Tilmanocept, P-32 and Ra-223 Dichloride.  F-18 Flutemetamol and F-18 Florbetaben will be added to the NMAA and PET exams only.
 
The items that will be removed from all examination content includes all films (thermal/dry) from the Display Media list, Microscope from the Laboratory Equipment list, and EDTA was removed from the Miscellaneous Non-Radioactive Agents list.
 
For the full task analysis report, please see our website at
http://www.nmtcb.org/documents/NMTCB Task Analysis 2013 article final.pdf.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR'S MESSAGE

  David Perry, CNMT, PET
 
2013 marked the 35th Anniversary of the delivery of the NMTCB’s first nuclear medicine technology certification exam. On June 10, 1976, the Greater New York Chapter of what was then known as the Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section, now Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), made a motion to “appoint a committee to explore fully the implementation of an Independent Nuclear Medicine Technology Examination Board.” By June 1977, the NMTCB had been incorporated and on September 15, 1978, the first certification exam was administered. More than 650 examinees sat for that first exam. Since then, more than 38,000 people have registered with the NMTCB, including several thousand from outside the USA. Though spawned from that motion in 1976, the NMTCB is proud to be an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting “quality healthcare by certifying individuals through psychometrically sound examinations to practice and advance in Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.” In addition to providing the premier certification examination for nuclear medicine technologists, the NMTCB proudly serves the medical imaging community by helping to identify experts in nuclear cardiology technology (the NCT Exam), positron emission tomography (the PET Exam) and, more recently, qualifying individuals as Nuclear Medicine Advanced Associates (the NMAA Exam). The NMTCB continues to seek ways to serve nuclear medicine technologists and is adapting to the proliferation of hybrid devices such as SPECT/CT and PET/CT by announcing the formation of a new NMTCB(CT) Exam, designed to demonstrate the qualifications of a nuclear medicine technologist to perform computed tomography imaging. This announcement is only the latest of the NMTCB’s long history of serving the nuclear medicine technologist community.
 
On the subject of this Coral or Jade anniversary, depending on whether you subscribe to the traditional or modern gifting format, the NMTCB plans to hold a reunion of former NMTCB Directors in conjunction with the SNMMI Annual Meeting, to be held the first week of June in St. Louis. It should be a fun event, gathering former directors together to reminisce about all of the accomplishments of the NMTCB over the years.
 
We'll have another segue into the topic of former directors as we say good-bye to several long-serving board members this year. Angela Bruner left the board unexpectedly earlier this year after serving as our physicist member for more than four years. The board elected Jon Shepard to assume this role, having been nominated by the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM). Jon joined the board at the fall meeting and has already been a huge contributor. Retiring from the board after the fall meeting were Robert Pagnanelli, CNMT, NCT, Nancy DeLoatch, CNMT, NCT, Deborah Gibbons, CNMT, PET and Michele Beauvais, RPh, BCNP. Michele served as our radiopharmacy representative for a very long time and, in addition to consulting on our CNMT, NCT and PET exams, was instrumental to the development of the NMAA exam. We will miss all of these board members. We wish them well and hope to see them at the Director’s Reunion in June.
 
As previously stated, the NMTCB has announced plans to develop and administer a NMTCB(CT) Exam in 2014. Please see the announcement elsewhere in this newsletter. We plan to begin accepting applications to sit for the exam in June 2014 and the first exam will be available later in the year. Information about the exam, along with answers to many of the frequently asked questions and the content specifications appears on our website at www.nmtcb.org under our new “CT Exam” tab. Exam development is well under way and we hope to deliver the first exam this summer.
 
After nearly seven years, the NMTCB has once again conducted a salary survey of nuclear medicine technologists. We also performed a Task Analysis Survey.  Reports about both of these surveys are included in this newsletter. The NMTCB has worked very hard over the years to control the costs of providing our certification services. These efforts have included steps to reduce our mailing and paper costs. In the past, surveys were limited to a random selection of a few thousand certificants and consisted of 20 or more pages of paper that had to be mailed back and forth and took a very long time to complete and even longer to analyze. Advancements in technology, including the development of online survey tools, now make it easy for many more people to access our surveys and also for us to analyze the results, almost as important to the more desirable effects on our costs and on the environment is the fact that our surveys now take just a few minutes to complete. We were very excited to be able to deliver for the first time our Salary and Task Analysis surveys to all of our nuclear medicine technologist certificants.
 
I will close this message by stating how proud I am and privileged I feel to be part of the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board. It is an honor to be able to work with the incredible women and men that serve as directors and staff of the NMTCB. These volunteer directors work very hard as they develop exams and work on ways to realize the mission and vision of the organization. The staff at the NMTCB office also work very hard to serve the certificants and make the Board’s directives a reality. I wish to express my gratitude to each and every one of them.

NMTCB Advocacy Article

Cindi Luckett-Gilbert, CNMT, PET
The past several months have been a struggle in nuclear medicine due to shortages of a radionuclide, radiopharmaceuticals, and adjunctive medications, in addition to impending price increases from manufacturers. The conversion from highly enriched uranium (HEU) based molybdenum-99 to low enriched uranium (LEU) may be a small answer to the radioisotope shortage but it is not the fix. There is some good news; however, some radiopharmaceuticals are back on the market.

Technetium-99m shortage: Chalk River, the largest worldwide producer of molybdenum-99, will be taken offline for routine maintenance for one month (April 13-May 13). Fortunately other world reactors had time to plan and ramp up LEU production which may able to soften the medical isotope shortage. Unfortunately the Netherlands reactor was taken offline last November for planned routine inspection and is still offline due to a leak that was discovered. The hope is that it will be functional mid-April.

Xenon-133 will be unavailable for a short period, estimated to be the weeks of May 12 and May 19 due to the Canadian reactor being offline. The radioactive gas is generated by the production of molybdenum-99.

Technetium-99m macroaggregated albumin shortage:  the kits were on the FDA shortage list starting in September. A supply shortage faced by Jubilant DraxImage, which affected availability of MAA, is over. Slower-than-expected manufacturing upgrades were to blame for the shortage of MAA lyophilized Technetium-99m kits. The bad news is the 2014 price increase is as high as 2000% and could significantly impact usage. DTPA  kit prices werw also affected.

Cholecystokinin shortage:  CCK, or sincalide, is available on and off. This has been an ongoing issue for several months and has no target date for resolution.

Neurolite is back on the market and available once again.

I-131 shortage: On an out of the ordinary note, last November, the South Africa radiochemical production facility was taken offline, affecting iodine production. The facility came back up on November 30th.

There is no movement on a national CARE Bill.

The Drug Quality and Security Act, designed to prevent another scenario like the lethal events occurring from the New England Compounding Center, was signed into law by President Obama on November 23, 2014. This law will allow for voluntary federal oversight of compounding pharmacies that compound in bulk. Small pharmacies will continue to be under the purview of the State Board of Pharmacy. The FDA is to write guidance documents that will facilitate interpretation of this new law. How it will impact nuclear pharmacy operations and cyclotron product delivery is still unclear.


 

The Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board to Develop Entry-Level
Computed Tomography (CT) Credential

The NMTCB is developing a new entry-level certification exam for computed tomography (CT).  The NMTCB’s CT credential is designed to establish the competency of a nuclear medicine technologist to perform CT procedures.  This examination is planned for delivery in 2014.
 
Rationale for an Entry-Level CT Credential
The NMTCB has confirmed that there is a demand within the nuclear medicine field for an entry-level CT credential.  In recent surveys of nuclear medicine technologists, nearly one-third stated that they have at least one PET/CT or SPECT/CT device at their institution.  Of those, more than one-half state that the nuclear medicine technologist is responsible for operating the CT portion of the device.  Responding to this expressed need, the NMTCB will incorporate this credential under the scope of its credentialing services.  The NMTCB’s mission of validating the professional preparation of nuclear medicine technologists (NMTs) through certification puts the NMTCB in a unique position to offer this examination leading to the credential for NMTs. 
 
The NMTCB’s CT credential will attest to the qualifications of the NMT in that the individual has met the educational and clinical requirements specified by the credential in the healthcare field.  This CT credential will provide employers with the option to hire one credentialed employee to perform both components of a PET/CT or SPECT/CT unit when used in the dual combination mode or CT mode.

Eligibility Requirements
The eligibility requirements are as follows:

 
Active nuclear medicine technology certification with the NMTCB, ARRT or CAMRT
A minimum of 500 total hours in PET/CT, SPECT/CT and/or CT.
                     
  • Clinical hours must be obtained within 3 years of application for the CT exam  
  • Clinical hours may be acquired in the role of a student in an accredited nuclear medicine program
  • Clinical hours may be performed on one type of scanner, or a combination of multiple scanners
  • Clinical hours may be obtained prior to being certified as a nuclear medicine technologist
     
The completion of a minimum of thirty five (35) contact hours within the three years prior to application including a minimum of four (4) hours of each of the following categories:
  1. Contrast administration
  2. Cross-sectional anatomy
  3. X-ray physics
  4. CT radiation safety
  • Graduates of programmatically accredited nuclear medicine programs after 2011 are deemed having met this didactic requirement.   Those who graduated from a programmatically accredited nuclear medicine program after 2011 are deemed to have met this didactic requirement.
Applications will be accepted starting in June 2014 and the first exam date will be November 15, 2014.
 
For more information, please contact NMTCB’s Executive Director, David Perry, at board@nmtcb.org

2013 Salary Survey Results

 
Angela Foster, CNMT, NCT
Introduction
During the summer of 2013, the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) conducted a salary survey. This survey was similar in nature to the salary survey conducted by the NMTCB in 2006 with several additional questions.  To see the results of the NMTCB Salary Survey, please see our website at http://www.nmtcb.org/documents/2013 Salary Survey Results final.pdf.

MEET OUR NEW DIRECTORS

Ada Courtney, CNMT, PET, RT(R)(CT)(N)

 
Ada is the Nuclear Medicine and PET/CT Department Manager for Imaging Services at Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System in Spartanburg, South Carolina. While Ada is very passionate about clinical research, she leads the department’s Strategic Planning Task Force and participates on the Employee Action Committee as well as the Hospital Radiation Safety Committee. Ada has been active in Radiology for over ten years and carries the credentials of CNMT, PET, RT(R)(N)(CT).  She is currently pursuing an interdisciplinary degree with emphasis in health sciences and business.  Ada is currently an active member of local and national chapters of the SNMMI, AHRA and a member of the Advisory Board.
 
After graduating diagnostic radiology and an AMA/JRCERT nuclear medicine program, Ada began her career in Molecular Imaging in 2006 in Austin, Texas at Austin Radiological Association as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist and eventually transferred to the PET/CT Department.  After three years she moved back to South Carolina which allowed her to be closer to her parents and family.  Ada took a position at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center in the Nuclear Medicine Department and within the first year she was promoted to the Department Manager.
 
Ada and her husband, Ty, travel worldwide, ride their Harley, zip line upside-down, ride in hot air balloons, and enjoy working out. Ask her about her Cross-Fit training. They are empty nesters, parents of eight children and thirteen grandchildren.  Obviously her number one past time is spoiling the grandkids and spending time with family.

George H. Hinkle, RPh, MS, BCNP, FASHP FAPhA

After completion of pharmacy school and the graduate program in nuclear pharmacy at Purdue University, George’s career has focused on teaching, radiopharmaceutical developmental research and providing nuclear pharmacy services and patient care.  Upon retirement from academia in 2011, George accepted the position of Director of Learning Management for the Nuclear Pharmacy Services business of Cardinal Health.  In addition to his responsibilities associated with training and development of employees in Cardinal Health’s PET Manufacturing and Nuclear Pharmacy Services business, he holds an academic appointment as Emeritus Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the College of Pharmacy of The Ohio State University where he continues his instruction of students of nuclear pharmacy and nuclear medicine technology.
 
A recognized leader in the methodology for the radiolabeling of monoclonal antibodies for clinical use in the localization of cancer and nuclear pharmacy education, he has over 150 scientific presentations at international, national, regional and local settings along with over 250 publications including refereed journal articles, abstracts, book chapters, papers in proceedings and review articles.   
 
He became a Board Certified Nuclear Pharmacist in 1983 and has served the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and American Pharmacy Association in various leadership capacities including four terms on the Nuclear Pharmacy Specialty Council where he was chairperson during 1989-1991 and 2007-2009.
 
He was honored with election to fellow status in both the American Pharmaceutical Association (1996) and American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (1993).  In addition, he was awarded the American Pharmaceutical Association Academy of Pharmacy Practice and Management Merit Award in 1994. 
 
A popular speaker, scientific writer and educator, George has collected a number of awards and honors, many selected by his peers.  George is the recipient of the American Pharmacists Association’s 2008 Daniel B. Smith Practice Excellence Award and 2010 William H. Briner Distinguished Achievement Award in Nuclear Pharmacy Practice.  A member of the Board of Pharmacy Specialties during 2007-2012, he was selected to head this group as chair-elect in 2010, chair during 2011 and past-chair through 2012.
 

Richard D. Siska   NMAA, CNMT, NCT

Richard is a board certified Nuclear Medicine Advanced Associate as well as Radiation Safety Officer, and Technical Director of Nuclear Medicine at Mercy Imaging Services - Rolla, Missouri. He also serves as a Nuclear Medicine Consultant and member of the Speaker’s Bureau for Astellas. He obtained his Bachelors’ degree in Science from the University of Central Arkansas and in 2011 graduated from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Nuclear Medicine Advanced Associate inaugural program with a Masters of Imaging Science. He is certified in Radiography, Nuclear Medicine Technology (ARRT & NMTCB), Nuclear Cardiology Technology, as a Nuclear Medicine Advanced Associate as well as ACLS, and as an AHA BLS instructor. He is a member of the National Radiologic and Imaging Sciences Honor Society of Lambda NU and was honored as a Distinguished Alumni of the Baptist Schools of Nursing and Allied Health. Richard is a past president of both the Southwest Missouri Subchapter and the Missouri Valley Chapter of the SNMMI-TS and is currently serving as the Vice-President of the Advanced Associate Council of the SNMMI and as the National Council Delegate of the MVC-SNMMI-TS.

Although he feels blessed to have achieved many accomplishments in the field of Nuclear Medicine, his greatest accomplishment is his family.  He tells us "I have a very supportive wife who is also a CT/X-ray Technologist and four wonderful children ranging from a college sophomore to a first grader.  Without their love and understanding I would not be where I am."

"I have a passion for what I do and I am always looking to further serve the field of Nuclear Medicine and use my NMAA designation not only for patient care but also for teaching future technologists and graduate students."

Jon Shepard, MS

Jon Shepard, is the Chief Medical Physicist and part owner of Fusion Physics, LLC in Valrico, FL.  Jon has almost twenty years of medical imaging experience with medical physics Board certifications by the American Board of Radiology (ABR) in Diagnostic Radiological Physics and Medical Nuclear Physics as well as three board certifications from the American Board of Science in Nuclear Medicine (ABSNM) in the areas of Nuclear Medicine Physics and Instrumentation, Radiation Protection, and Molecular Imaging Sciences.  He is also a qualified Radiations Safety Officer (RSO) providing medical physics support for regulatory compliance, image quality, radiation safety and accreditation support for clients in the areas of Computed Tomography, Positron Emission Tomography, Nuclear Medicine, Mammography, Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging and general radiography throughout the state of Florida.
Jon has a Bachelor of Science degree in nuclear medicine technology from the Medical College of Georgia and a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering Sciences, specializing in medical physics from the University of Florida.
After completing graduate school Jon worked at a large teaching hospital providing general support in the areas of diagnostic and nuclear radiology as well as regulatory support.  He enjoyed the opportunity to be an instructor of radiology residents for physics education in preparation for the American Board of Radiology exams. 
Jon has a wife Dawn and two beautiful daughters.  He enjoys swimming, hiking and the outdoors.
Jon Shepard is representing the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) and is very excited to be a part of the NMTCB Board of Directors.
 

Steven Wozniak, CNMT, PET

Mr. Wozniak has been certified as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist by the NMTCB since 1990, and became certified in PET in 2005.  During his lengthy career, he has served as the Chief Nuclear Medicine/PET Technologist at the largest health care system in New Jersey. With more than 20 years of management experience in Nuclear Medicine/PET, his expertise and dedication have led to lectures at the local, regional, and national levels, as well as development of two e-learning modules for continuing education. Mr. Wozniak is also a member of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), currently serving as Emerging Technologies Representative and was active in the Greater New York Chapter before relocating his family to Raleigh, North Carolina.  He also serves on the IAC-Nuclear/PET Division Board of Directors and provides ongoing consultant services to ICANL.  Mr. Wozniak is very excited to be part of the NMTCB Board of Directors and is looking forward to a productive and rewarding term.

MESSAGE FROM THE INCOMING CHAIR

Cybil Nielsen, CNMT

The Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB) has been busy lately!  We are proud to be the certification organization of choice for nuclear medicine and molecular imaging.  As such, we continue to offer certification examinations that meet the needs of the ever-changing and evolving role of the nuclear medicine technologist. 
Probably the most exciting announcement is the new NMTCB Computed Tomography (CT) examination.  The response from technologists has been overwhelmingly positive.  We presented the proposal for the NMTCB(CT) exam at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) mid-winter meeting in February seeking their endorsement.  We were pleased that they passed a position statement recognizing the NMTCB(CT) exam.  We will begin accepting applications in June and the first exam date is set for November 15th.   
We also continue to offer high quality examinations in Cardiology, PET and NMAA.  It is a proud accomplishment to hold one of these advanced certifications.  Likewise, we have raised the bar for our entry-level certification.  Beginning in 2016, you must be a graduate from a programmatically accredited nuclear medicine technology program to sit for the NMTCB entry level exam.  In addition to showing the knowledge of the field through examination, we wanted to be sure the clinical experience of graduates would meet or exceed nationally-accepted accreditation standards set by the professional community for entry into the field.  Programmatic accreditation procedures give us that assurance.  Employers have the same assurance when an applicant comes to them holding the CNMT credential.
As Chair of the NMTCB, I am pleased to see our progress. As our field continues to evolve and our responsibilities as technologists change, the NMTCB is here to meet your certification needs.  If you are going to be at the SNMMI meeting this June in St. Louis, stop by our booth for a unique gift announcing our NMTCB(CT) exam and a chance to win a great prize!
Chair of the Board
Cybil Nielsen, CNMT

Chair Elect
Marcia Hess Smith, CNMT
 
Secretary
Cindi Luckett-Gilbert, CNMT, PET
 
Treasurer
Jimel Carpernter, CNMT, NCT
 
Directors
Jon Baldwin, DO
Amy Brady, CNMT
Jimel M. Carpenter, CNMT, NCT
Ada Courtney, CNMT, PET
Mary Beth Farrell, CNMT, NCT
Angela Foster, CNMT
Bennett Greenspan, MD
Marcia Hess Smith, CNMT
George Hinkle, RPh, BCNP
Bryan Kerr, CNMT, NCT, PET
Cindi Luckett-Gilbert, CNMT, PET
Angela Macci Bires, Ed. D, MPM, CNMT
Cybil Nielsen, CNMT
Gregory G. Passmore, PhD., CNMT
James Patton, PhD
Jon Shepard, MS
Richard Siska, CNMT, NCT, NMAA
Steven Wozniak, CNMT, PET
 
NMTCB Staff
Executive Director
David J. Perry, CNMT, PET
 
Associate Executive Director
Katie Neal, BS, MS
 
Dbase Manager/Desktop Publisher
Alfred L. Shellman
 
Certificant Services Manager
Bridget Williams
 
Examinations Manager
Elizabeth Rhodes, BS, MBA
 
Administrative Assistant
Barbara T. Dixon

 
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