On behalf of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine – Technologist Committee, it is my pleasure to invite you to the 30th Annual EANM Congress in Vienna, Austria in October 2017.
This year, the EANM Annual Congress celebrates not only its 30th anniversary but also the fact that it has become one of the major international meetings in the field of nuclear medicine. This anniversary provides an ideal occasion for addressing the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities that currently confront every scientist and health care professional working in nuclear medicine. Like other EANM committees, the EANM Technologist Committee (EANM-TC) has invested huge efforts into delivering educational initiatives of the highest quality, as well as setting the quality standards that will guide the next generation of nuclear medicine technologists (NMTs). To reflect the ever-evolving nature of the work and responsibilities of NMTs and clinical scientists, we shall focus some of our educational sessions on emerging fields while continuing to devote attention to clinical topics of key importance for the clinical technologist. There will also be space for discussion on the role of NMTs in research and on the many interactive initiatives that rely on audience opinion.
At the 2017 Congress you will again encounter some of the features that we have introduced in the technologist programme over recent years.
As usual, the first session of the technologist programme will be devoted to the official launch of the Technologist’s Guide. Some of the chapter authors will be present to offer additional insights into the content presented in the guide.
The cooperation with EANM Committees and with sister societies will also be reflected in the technologist programme. In addition to joint sessions with the EANM Dosimetry and Paediatrics Committees, there will be two joint sessions with colleagues from the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging – Technologist Section (SNMMI-TS), which each year contribute to the production of the Technologist’s Guide.
This year we shall continue the traditional Round Table Session, focussing on the NMT’s role in protocol standardisation applied to clinical trials. This session will include time for discussion, and the inputs from the audience will be taken into account in order to enrich the ongoing ESMIT project for NMTs.
In accordance with the EANM motto, “Go Clinical”, our shorter sessions will be marked by a return to the clinical field. All three Mini Courses will focus on pitfalls and artefacts encountered when applying nuclear medicine techniques in the clinical areas of bone and joint disorders, cardiology and inflammation.
It is worth mentioning that the EANM Technologist Committee is also investing in modern technologies and is proud to announce that this year’s poster walks will be converted to e-Poster Sessions. This said, technologists are also welcome and encouraged to send scientific abstracts and to contribute original works for inclusion in the dedicated Oral Presentation Sessions and e-Poster Sessions that will be part of the technologist programme. The abstract submission deadline will be 25 April 2017.
Finally, I would like to invite all NMTs attending the 2017 EANM Congress to take part in the Technologist Interest Meeting, where the main achievements and future projects of the EANM-TC will be presented.
To summarise, the full technologist programme will consist of:
7 Continuing Technologist Education (CTE) sessions
3 Mini Courses
1 Technologist Interest Meeting
3 Oral Presentation Sessions
4 e-Poster Sessions
We look forward to welcoming you to the EANM Congress 2017 in Vienna.
Pedro Fragoso Costa
Chair, EANM Technologist Committee