Invitation to the SNMMI Annual Meeting 2014 in St. Louis
This year the SNMMI Annual Meeting will take place in St. Louis, MO, from June 7-11, 2014.
We all know that Washington University in St. Louis has a special place in the history of nuclear medicine. The first “in hospital” cyclotron in the United States was run by physicist Michel Ter-Pogossian in 1965. Positron emission tomography (PET) was developed at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in the early 1970s, and the first human PET study was acquired in April 1974. Mike Phelps and Ed Hoffman of Washinton University built the system with the group at EG&G ORTEC, included James Kelly Milam, Charles W. Williams, Terry D. Douglass and Ronald Nutt. PET III was composed of 48 NaI(Tl) detectors was a hexagonal array with excellent sampling by a combination linear movement of detectors and a 60-degree rotation of the gantry. The system had its own computer for controlling the motion of the detectors, gantry and bed, as well as performing image reconstruction.
Today the Institute is the world's only medical facility equipped with three dedicated cyclotrons for the production of radiopharmaceuticals used in PET studies.
Also I’ve got some personal connection with WashU – I serviced one of the first NanoSPECT/CT systems in the US at the University in the Spring 2007. During this time I was responsible for the NanoSPECT/CT development at Mediso and the system was even new for the service engineers. Needless to say I’m looking forward again to visit St. Louis! I haven’t been back in the town since then.
Related to the SNMMI Annual Meeting we will have some ad in the JNM Digital Newsline. The mouse image was taken at Charité University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany on their nanoScan PET/MRI.
If you participate at the congress, please stop by Booth 1421 on the SNMMI Exhibition Floor. We have quite a few highlights to make a visit worth your while. The following systems will be demonstrated: nanoScan SPECT/MRI, PET/MRI from the preclinical line and CardioDESK, AnyScan S from the human product line. Stop by our booth at this important event for a good discussion or a friendly chat. We will also hand over invitations for our Sunday evening reception at the booth. You also get a quick product training so that you have a fast time to value.
Don't forget that a Molecular Imaging: From Target to Translation Satellite Symposium takes place before the SNMMI on Friday, June 6, The event is organized by Kooresh Shoghi, Ph.D. from MIR, WUSTL.
The SNMMI Satellite Symposium consists of a didactic Workshop and a Preclinical Imaging Practicum.
The workshop is comprised of three sessions: nuclear imaging agents, clinical imaging and showcases of simultaneous clinical PET/MR applications. The practicum will build on lessons learned for the workshop by providing hands-on experience in preclinical imaging techniques.
More information at http://rcil.wustl.edu/symposium.