on Cyclotron and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) in Medicine
Nov. 19-21, 2007 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
The second FNCA Workshop on Cyclotron and PET in Medicine was held from November 19 to 23, 2007, at Kuala Lumpur that is the capital city of Lead Country of this project, Malaysia . It was jointly organized by Malaysian Nuclear Agency (Nuclear Malaysia), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia (MOSTI) and Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science & Technology of Japan (MEXT). The workshop was attended by delegates from 6 FNCA countries namely People's Republic of China, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The participants of workshop amounted to 25 persons.
Opening ceremony started with the national anthem. Dato' Dr. Mohamed Ali Abdul Khader representing Deputy Director General (Medical), Ministry of Health as well as the Malaysian Project Leader has given welcoming remarks at the opening ceremony. Opening speech was delivered by Mr. Adnan Hj. Khalid representing Director General of Malaysian Agency. Then, the Workshop started.
The objectives of this project are
- Improvement of diagnostic technique for nuclear medicine in Asian countries.
- Early detection with advanced technology contributes to human health in Asia.
PET and PET/CT that appeared on medical scene lately are very available for the diagnosis of several cancers. The themes of three areas namely "Imaging instrumentation", "Radiation safety and PET radiopharmaceuticals" and "Clinical diagnosis" were considered through their small-group discussion respectively at the workshop.
The theme of "Imaging instrumentation" is radiation safety, quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) for PET imaging. As the result of the discussion, the group reported the evaluation of PET should be based on the standard "NEMA NU-2 2001" and the one of CT should be based on the guideline "AAPM 39". And also they informed Periodic performance evaluation of PET was confirmed to be of importance for QC.
The theme of "Radiation safety and PET radiopharmaceuticals" is the QA/QC for PET radiopharmaceuticals, radiation safety for cyclotron and production of PET radiopharmaceuticals. The group is planning to establish the guideline as the final outcome. They provided a concrete division of roles for writing the guideline among the members and decided the future plan on it.
The theme of "Clinical diagnosis" is publication of case review in clinical PET and the group hopes to introduce the FNCA case review system for clinical PET. The group discussed about the future plan and agreed.
Conclusions; The meeting has agreed on the following.
- To compiled all necessary documents and submitted to Malaysian project leader according to each group's work plan, recommendation and conclusion.
- To activate the formation of e-mailing group immediately.
- Malaysian counterpart of the project will act as the secretariat to compile data and documents from each sub-group. Discussions through e-mail should be done continuously before the next FNCA workshop meeting for each group.
- All communications regarding the preparation of the documents shall be channeled to participant who has not attended this meeting after their name has been nominated by their FNCA country coordinator.
- Malaysian FNCA coordinator needs to inform Korea and Indonesia, and also countries who have not nominated their sub-group leader.
Participants went to pay their respects to Dato' Dr. Noorimi Binti Haji Morad, Deputy Director General of Health (Medical), Ministry of Health Malaysia on Wednesday 21st of November.
Dato' Dr. Noorimi Binti Haji Morad expressed the expectation of the workshop attaining great accomplishment and Dato' Dr. Mohamed Ali Abdul Khader, Malaysian project leader, reported their activities had progressed steadily.
Then, participants conducted a Technical Tour to the Putrajaya Hospital. There was an advanced technical facility of Cyclotron and PET/CT with GMP production environment.
Open Seminar was held from November 22 to 23, 2007. The authorities from Malaysia , China , and Japan made medical presentations and shared several information with the audience. The programs were as below;. "Introduction to the Programmatic Activities of FNCA in Nuclear Medicine" "An overview of the Current Situation of Nuclear Medicine in Malaysia" "PET Technology, Radioisotopes Production and Application of Cyclotron Technology; Radiopharmaceuticals & Radiochemistry" " PET Technology, Radioisotopes Production and Application of Cyclotron Technology; Regulatory Aspects" "Application of PET in Clinical Practice". There were more than 120 participants including lectures at this event.