Vesper V Grantham

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The purpose of this article is to provide the reader with a better understanding of radiation hormesis, the investigational research that supports or does not support the theory, and the relationship between the theory and current radiation safety guidelines and practices. The concept of radiation hormesis is known to nuclear medicine technologists, but(More)
Within the past decade, published diagnostic algorithms for cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leakage have included beta-2-transferrin analysis, rigid nasal endoscopy, high-resolution CT, CT cisternography, CT fluorescein lumbar puncture, and MRI but have not included the nuclear medicine CSF leakage study. However, some physicians still use this study today. This(More)
1Christiana Care Health System, Newark, Delaware; 2Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; 3University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; 4Royal Free Hospital, London, England; 5Newcastle Nuclear Medicine, Warners Bay, Australia; 6Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 7Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee; 8Penn State(More)
The use of (51)Cr-labeled red blood cells to determine erythrocyte survival in circulation is not a routine procedure. Data are acquired by frequent counting of small-volume blood samples to determine the rate of red cell survival over time. Results are entirely quantitative and can involve semilogarithmic graphing techniques. An accurate study can(More)
Many nuclear medicine technologists become clinical educators by chance, with little introduction to teaching methodologies and student learning styles. This means that most technologists teach students in the clinic by modeling the way in which they were taught in nuclear medicine school, a method that may not be effective for every student encountered.(More)
UNLABELLED This study assesses the effectiveness of using everyday cleaning agents for the radioactive decontamination of wet (99m)Tc-pertechnetate spills in the nuclear medicine department. METHODS Six cleaning agents (water, water and soap, alcohol, bleach, a commercial glass cleaner, and a commercial decontaminating agent) were analyzed for(More)
UNLABELLED It is common for nuclear medicine technologists to perform procedures involving the preparation and administration of therapeutic levels of (131)I-sodium iodide. This small study looked at the question of how much internal exposure a technologist receives, on average, while preparing and administering a therapeutic dose of (131)I. METHODS The(More)
UNLABELLED It has been widely reported that (99m)Tc-succimer adsorbs to plastic syringes significantly (up to 50%), often resulting in a lower administered dose than intended or inaccurate dosing. This adsorption rate is especially problematic in the pediatric population. To improve (99m)Tc-succimer dosing, we compared the adsorption of (99m)Tc-succimer(More)
UNLABELLED SPECT produces nuclear medicine images using a 3-dimensional diagnostic tool that eliminates the superimposition of adjacent structures, thus providing improved disease localization. Another method of uniformity correction-to use the complete capabilities of this tool-is discussed and evaluated in this article. The conventional method of(More)