A Diagnostics & Imaging Week

SNM (Reston, Virginia), dedicated to promoting the practical applications, technology and science of molecular imaging and nuclear medicine, has awarded $300,000 in research grants to support molecular imaging research. The grants are supported by SNM's Education and Research Foundation which is focused on supporting the next generation of researchers.

"SNM's awards and fellowships are integral to supporting promising young researchers working in the field of molecular imaging," said Henry VanBrocklin, PhD, president of SNM's Molecular Imaging Center of Excellence and professor of radiology and biomedical imaging at the University of California, San Francisco.

This is the first time that SNM has offered awards specifically to support research in the field of molecular imaging. Recipients of the new Molecular Imaging Awards were announced at SNM's 55th annual meeting in New Orleans.

Jonas Hannestad from Yale University (New Haven, Connecticut) was named the recipient of the $100,000 SNM Molecular Imaging Research Grant for Junior Medical Faculty for a research project using SPECT to study neuroinflammation and depression during treatment of patients with hepatitis C. This grant provides a junior faculty member who has clinical responsibilities with salary support to fund their research.

CompuMed (Los Angeles), a medical informatics company developing diagnostic software solutions, reported a contract to provide ECG remote interpretation services for state correctional facilities in Arizona through the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC).

CompuMed will provide remote cardiac screening on an as needed basis for more than 30,000 detainees at the Department's correctional facilities.

CompuMed said it now has 44 CardioGram systems at correctional sites throughout Arizona. The ADC agreement contains options for multiple renewals/extensions.

Dilon Technologies (Newport News, Virginia), makers of a gamma imaging system optimized for early breast cancer detection, reported a three-year agreement with Amerinet (St. Louis), a national group purchasing organization. Effective immediately, the relationship offers Amerinet's 26,000 acute and non-acute healthcare providers and their patients' access to the Dilon 6800 Gamma Camera, used in detecting and diagnosing very early stage breast cancers.