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SNM receives grant from AHRQ for comparative effectiveness research
Date:4/13/2010

RESTON, Va.SNM has been awarded a $48,000 grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to hold a conference to develop research on the comparative effectiveness of positron emission tomography (PET) and other molecular imaging techniques. The primary emphasis will be on the diagnosis and management of cancer patients, but both cardiology and neurology questions will also be addressed.

"Comparative effectiveness research is essential to the future of medical imaging and improved patient care," said Michael M. Graham, Ph.D., M.D., president of SNM and principal investigator. "This grant will allow us to effectively define how to carry out the research needed to educate the health care community about the benefits of PET and PET/CT for the management and care of cancer patients."

Three years ago, SNM's PET Center of Excellence created a PET Utilization Task Force to address specific challenges within the field. The Research Working Group, a subset of the PET Utilization Task Force (directed by Graham), met last August in Denver, Colo., to begin development of a cost effectiveness research workshop. This workshop is a first step in the development of substantial cost and clinical effectiveness research focused on PET/CT and molecular imaging in the fields of oncology, cardiology and neurology. A key component of this workshop is the collaboration of experts in molecular imaging together with leaders in health services research with the goal of defining the optimal methodology and producing a plan for one or more molecular imaging effectiveness research projects.

With the grant from AHRQ, SNM will host the workshop, "Comparative Effectiveness in Molecular Imaging," July 21-22, in the Washington, D.C. area. The two-day workshop will review the current information on molecular imaging, current healthcare costs and how clinical and cost effectiveness research can be a valuable method of addressing all of these issues for ma
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Contact: Amy Shaw
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703-652-6773
Society of Nuclear Medicine
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