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SNM calls CMS PET scan decision a major benefit for cancer patients
Date:4/6/2009

follow CMS' lead.

"For years, physicians and researchers around the world have known that PET is an invaluable diagnostic tool for guiding management of patients with a wide range of cancers," said Barry Siegel, M.D., co-chair of the NOPR Working Group and chief of the nuclear medicine at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, St. Louis, Mo. "The evidence contained in the NOPR study proves the effectiveness of PET as an essential part of a cancer patient's treatment planning."

To help PET providers better understand the repercussions of the new CMS policy and navigate the new NOPR system effectively, SNM will host a live audio conference, Monday, April 27, 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT. For more information or to register for the audio conference, visit www.snm.org/PETChanges.

SNM's Atcher also noted that the organization will continue to work with partner medical and professional organizations to seek coverage for other types of cancers for which PET has a proven medical and therapeutic value. "Our goal is to continue to work tirelessly on behalf of our patients to ensure that all individuals whom physicians believe would benefit from these advanced imaging procedures receive the coverage they need for care," Atcher added.

NOPR was established in 2006 to track the utility of PET in patients with cancer. Studies, which analyzed data from more than 41,000 patients and were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology and Journal of Nuclear Medicine, showed that the use of PET scanning led to an intended change in cancer management in more than one out of three cases.

NOPR is sponsored by the Academy of Molecular Imaging (AMI) and managed by the American College of Radiology (ACR) and ACR Imaging Network (ACRIN). The registry received input fromand is endorsed byACR, the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and SNM. The NOPR Working Group was chaired by Bruce Hillner, M.
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