2015 Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging News

Stanford Research Shows Combined Imaging Modalities May Change Cancer Management

December 10, 2015

Research from Dr. Andrei Iagaru and his team published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine shows that PET/CT and whole-body MRI detect extraskeletal disease that may change the management of high-risk breast and prostate cancer patients. In addition, the combined administration of F-18 sodium fluoride (NaF) and F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) in a single PET/CT scan showed significantly higher sensitivity and accuracy than alternative methods for the detection of skeletal lesions.


Dawn Holley Received Professional Development Grant

September 22, 2015

Dawn Holley, CNMT, was selected as recipient of the 2015 ARRT/SNMMI-TS Professional Development Grant! The 2015 ARRT/SNMMI-TS Professional Development Grant is a new grant generously funded by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

Congratulations, Dawn!

Stanford Cancer Center South Bay Opening Ceremony

June 26, 2015

Stanford Health Care held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Stanford Cancer Center South Bay. This new facility includes state-of-the-art PET/CT and portable SPECT and allows the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging to extend excellence in image-based patient care at this location.

2015 SNMMI Young Investigator Award

June 10, 2015

Chen-Ming Chang received a 1st Place Young Investigator Award at the 2015 Annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging for his abstract entitled, "Preliminary PET Performance Evaluation of an RF Field-penetrable Brain-sized PET Insert for Simultaneous PET/MR Imaging".

Congratulations, Chen-Ming!

Stanford Nuclear Medicine Faculty named to SNMMI Northern California Chapter Leadership

February 26, 2015

Two Stanford Nuclear Medicine Faculty were named to the leadership of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Northern California Chapter. Andrew Quon, MD, is the Chapter President, and Erik Mittra, MD, PhD, is the Chapter President-Elect.

Dr. David Douglas Received Henkin Government Relations Fellowship

February 18, 2015

David Douglas, MD, was selected for the SNMMI Robert E. Henkin, MD, Government Relations Fellowship. He will attend the week-long activities in Washington DC at the end of April. According to SNMMI, the Fellowship, "is designed to provide gifted and highly motivated young nuclear and molecular imaging professionals with first-hand experience in the process of health policy development."

Congratulations, David!

SNMMI Exchange Program Award: Best Abstract

January 22, 2015

Holly Thompson, MD, will represent Stanford at the 3rd Sino-American conference in Shanghai in May 2015. Dr. Thompson gains this honor as the recipient of the SNMMI Exchange Program Award for Best Abstract for her presentation on "A Prospective, Matched Comparison Study of SUV Values from non-TOF vs. TOF PET/CT Scanners." Andrei Iagaru, MD, is her mentor for this research project.

This is particularly exciting as it is the 4th year in a row that a Stanford Nuclear Medicine trainee has won an award at this conference. This year, there were more than 70 presentations.

Congratulations, Holly!

Dr. Holly Thompson Received Alpern Foundation Grant to Support Cancer Research

January 12, 2015

The Alpern Foundation has graciously granted funding to support cancer research and the development of young professionals at Stanford University, within the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. The Alpern Foundation is committed to facilitating the professional development of young physicians motivated to advance cancer research. The award was granted to Holly Thompson, MD, Resident Physician in Nuclear Medicine, under the direction of Andrei Iagaru, MD, Associate Professor of Radiology and Co-Chief of the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.  The team will use the funds to expand the use and clinical development of novel radiopharmaceuticals to advance knowledge of cancer molecular profiles, to direct therapy, and to monitor response to cancer treatments.  The Alpern Foundation enables research that allows physicians to explore beyond traditional boundaries.

Stanford University, the Division of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Dr. Iagaru and Dr. Thompson are extremely grateful to the Alpern Foundation for their incredibly generous donation.