CTE Sessions at EANM’16

EANM’16 – CTE Session III

October 17, 2016, 14:30 – 16:00
Joint Session with SNMMI
Dose Optimisation

Chairpersons: L. Camoni (Brescia), S. Johnson (San Diego)

G. Testanera (Rozzano, Milan):
PET Protocol Optimization for Dose Reduction
F. Fahey (Boston):
Dose Optimisation for Diagnostic Procedures – The SNMMI Point of View
D. De Palma (Varese):
Dose Optimisation in Paediatric Radionuclide Imaging

Educational objectives:

  1. Understand the importance of the dose reduction and the ALARA principle
  2. Knowledge of the dose reduction strategies in Nuclear Medicine
  3. State of art of the Hardware and software improvement for dose optimization
  4. Technologies and Techniques for dose reduction
  5. Identify the right dose for the right diagnostic exam adjusted to the single patient
  6. Apply the suggested protocols during the clinical routine


This session has been jointly organized by EANM and SNMMI (Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging). Minimizing radiation exposure while optimizing image quality is critical and mandatory in nuclear medicine. The potential risk related to exposure must be weighted against the benefits to the patient. This involves choosing the correct procedure with the correct dose to be administered to the right patient at the right time.
An improvement of technology doesn’t correspond to a real decrease of the dose to the population, so it is becoming imperative to know how hardware and software continuous update can help the technologists. The hybrid imaging has become an important part of this evolution and how to manage it at its best has become fundamental for the NM technologist and the dose optimization. The first and second talks will discuss the key factors influencing radiation dose and study quality and how these factors can be used to optimize scan protocols with the goal of reducing radiation dose without compromising diagnostic quality.
The third talk will describe the dose reduction in the paediatric imaging. There is evidence of an increased cancer incidence in childhood and adolescence during the past 40 years and an acceleration of this trend. This means that an increasing number of diagnostic exams in highly radio-sensible patients require a dedicated optimization of the radiation exposure.

Key Words:

PET/CT, dose, optimization, reduction, paediatric imaging

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