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2 Fusion Imaging: Presenting New Educational Challenges Bettye G. Wilson, M.A. Ed., RT(R)(CT), RDMS Birmingham, Alabama

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4 Con-Fusion Imaging

5 Fusion Imaging from the Technologists’ Perspective  Just what is fusion imaging ?  What type of technologists are currently involved in the performance of fusion imaging procedures ?  What are the educational needs of technologists performing fusion imaging procedures ?

6 Fusion: “The union of different things by, or as if by, melting……” Imaging: “Making a representation or imitation of an object.

7 Fusion Imaging: Melting together images from different modalities to create a new (hybrid) image.

8 Remember; Fusion Imaging, combines more than the imaging modalities. It also combines the technical expertise of the differing technologies, therefore it also creates combination (Hybrid) technologists.

9 It is possible to fuse images from almost any imaging modality

10 Currently, the most discussed fusion imaging technique is PET/CT

11 Positron Emission Tomography Image of the Chest

12 Computed Tomography Image of the Chest

13 Fused Image (PET/CT) of the Chest

14 Research Equals Knowledge  Where is PET/CT being performed  Who’s performing PET/CT  What education/skills are required

15 Some PET/CT Procedures are being performed in Nuclear Medicine Departments by Nuclear Medicine Technologists

16 Some PET/CT Procedures are being performed in CT Departments by CT Technologists

17 Other facilities have created stand-alone PET/CT Departments staffed by CT and Nuclear Medicine Technologists, only Nuclear Medicine Technologists, or only CT Technologists

18 In some cases, nurses are also employed, to administer I.V. Contrast Media, and/or Radiopharmaceuticals

19 Confusion Abounds 1. Professional organizations have formed task forces or committees to examine this issue 2. Educators in the Radiologic Sciences have been made increasingly aware of the need to incorporate diverse information into their curricula 3. Imaging Technologists are again facing the educational demands of uncharted territory

20 Gaining Consensus  American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT)  Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section (SNMTS)

21 PET/CT Consensus Conference Statements  Statement No. 1 Personnel Qualified to Operate PET/CT Equipment Statement No. 2 Regulation of Personnel Who Operate PET/CT Equipment

22 Consensus Statement Number 1 “Any registered radiographer with the credentials R.T. ( R ), registered radiation therapist with the credentials R.T. ( T ), or a registered nuclear medicine technologist with the credentials R.T. ( N ) or CNMT may operate PET-CT equipment after obtaining appropriate additional education or training and demonstrated competency.”

23 The Ideal Pet-CT Technologist ? Joanne Doe, R.T. ( R ) ( N ) ( T ) ( CT ) Or Joanne Doe, R.T. ( R ) ( T ) ( CT ), CNMT

24 What are the Commonalities ?  All are Radiologic Sciences Professionals  All have completed educational programs specific to their disciplines  All are Certified and Registered Technologists

25 What are the real Differences ?  Do not necessarily have the same basic knowledge  Come from diverse educational backgrounds  Practice generally specific to discipline  May not be as cognizant of other imaging modalities as required  May believe profession other than own, “piece of cake”

26 Educational Needs of PET/CT Technologists  Patient Care, Education, and Management  Radiation Physics  Radiation Biology and Protection  Cross-Sectional Anatomy  CT Knowledge  Nuclear Medicine Knowledge (PET)  Radiopharmaceuticals  Contrast Media  PET/CT Equipment Operation, Maintenance, and Instrumentation

27 So what is the answer to the educational challenges presented by fusion imaging technology ??????

28 Short Term = Applications Training for technologists performing PET/CT and continuing education courses designed to educate practitioners

29 Long Term = Fusion of discipline specific courses to provide an essential “core” of courses for all students

30 Still Con-FUSED ???? While the educational challenges created by fusion imaging technology are rather daunting, collaborative efforts between educators and professional organizations, with input from the diverse constituency, will lead to solutions

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