Molecular Imaging News
October 6, 2004
Congress Recognizes Nuclear Medicine Week
Nuclear Medicine Week was recognized in Congress this week by statements from Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Christopher Bond (R-MO) and Representatives James Moran (D-VA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA).
Senator Bond’s statement read in part, “I am particularly proud to note that Dr. Henry Royal, a physician practicing nuclear medicine at the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology in St. Louis, is a constituent and immediate-past president of the Society of Nuclear Medicine.”
Senator Warner’s statement noted that "Nuclear Medicine Week is the first week in October every year and is an annual celebration initiated by the Society of Nuclear Medicine. Each year, Nuclear Medicine Week is celebrated internationally at hospitals, clinics, imaging centers, educational institutions, corporations, and more."
The joint statement by Congressmen Warner and Moran recognized the work of the Society of Nuclear Medicine with a statement that said, in part, "We commend the Society staff and its professional members for their outstanding work in the field of nuclear medicine and for their dedication to caring for people with cancer and other serious and life-threatening illnesses that can be diagnosed, managed, and treated with medical isotopes via nuclear medicine procedures."
The joint statement went on to describe some of the advantages of nuclear medicine as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool and discussed some of the workforce issue that are affecting the field today and are expected to affect the practice of nuclear medicine over the next 20 years.
The statement closed by saying, "We encourage our colleagues to support Nuclear Medicine Week and to support increased funding for programs so that our nation will have a sufficient supply of nuclear medicine physicians and technologists to care for all patients in need of nuclear medicine procedures and related care."
You may download all Nuclear Medicine Week statements from the Congressional Record via the links below.