Society for Nuclear Medicine Professionals of Pakistan since 1994

Message from President PSNM

Dear Colleagues,

It is my privilege to communicate with you all. The big picture of the future is that growth is projected in radionuclide imaging and therapy and maximum impact is anticipated in Asia. This is a triumph for the science of nuclear medicine. While we appreciate the silver lining in the sky we also need to weather the winds of change shaping our discipline. We all need to embrace hybrid imaging as a step in the evolution of scintigraphy, requiring fresh skills and a broad knowledge base. Andrei Iagaru MD at Stanford University Medical Center has summed up the situation as, “minimal exposure to the other type of training—either to diagnostic radiology or nuclear medicine—isn’t working (RSNA News July 2014)". My personal view of the situation is that where as PET-CT provided a new dimension to imaging, SPECT-CT is a game changer for a much wider variety of radionuclide procedures. An all together new approach is essential for learning and practicing Nuclear medicine.

In our country nuclear medicine services are still inaccessible to majority of patients who can benefit from it. On the other hand trained physicians are not available to run the setups already in place in public sector or where private sector is keen to invest. However, contrary to the principles of demand and supply nuclear medicine is still not an attractive specialty. One reason, perhaps, for this situation is lack of coherence among stakeholders. Our strategy will be to bring people together. As soon as we receive nominations from across the country, committees will be formed for trainees, technologists, medical physicists and radiopharmacists / radiochemists to come up with ideas for change.

Clinical care is increasingly multidisciplinary. With a rise in clinical commitments nuclear physicians are dependent, and rightly so, on their scientist colleagues in industry, laboratory and departments to keep up with developments in equipment and radiotracers. This developing paradigm is in keeping with how other technology intensive disciplines like Radiology and Radiation oncology have evolved and are flourishing.

On behalf of the executive council I thank you all for your support. You are invited to contribute and help PSNM make a difference in an era of unprecedented challenges and opportunities.

Best regards,

Dr Humayun Bashir FRCP
President PSNM