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Clinical Image Testing: PET (Revised 12-5-2022)

Revision History


The facility must submit two exams per module, one of which must be abnormal. Each exam must be from a different patient. 


A Site Scanning Data Form is attached below, in addition to Test Image Data Forms for the Oncology, Brain, and Cardiac Modules.


Example clinical images can be reviewed using the Nuclear Medicine/PET Clinical Image Atlas attached to our Testing Overview: NM/PET article.



Required PET Exams for Module 1, Module 2 and Module 3

Module 1: Oncology

Module 2: Brain

Module 3: Cardiac

  • Sites are required to submit two separate oncology studies for each unit to be accredited, one of which must be abnormal. The second exam can be either normal or abnormal.

  • The DICOM axial reconstructed data sets (AC and NAC) MUST be included and display in transverse, sagittal, and coronal planes using the NM+Fused 3 x 2 NilRead viewing tools (See below)*

  • The blood glucose level should be documented for FDG PET studies. Blood glucose levels are not required for other PET tracers.  

  • Please do not upload CT images. They are not required at this time.

  • Studies will fail if images are not properly labeled as to laterality and orientation.

  • Sites are required to submit two separate brain exams for each unit to be accredited, one of which must be abnormal with attenuation correction. The second exam can be either normal or abnormal.

  • The DICOM axial reconstructed data set MUST be included and display in transverse, sagittal, and coronal planes using the NM+Fused 3 x 2 NilRead viewing tools (see below). * 

  • Studies will fail if images are not properly labeled as to laterality and orientation.

  • Sites are required to submit two separate cardiac exams (AHA/ACC standard views) for each unit to be accredited, one of which must be abnormal. The second exam can be either normal or abnormal.

  • Please submit the study in the same format the interpreting physician would use for interpretation of the exam (i.e. slices). SA slices must include apex to base, VLA and HLA slices must show "wall to wall". Two pages of slices may be necessary to show the entire LV apex to base and wall to wall. 

  • The site may select myocardial perfusion and/or myocardial viability exams.

  • Images must be properly labeled.


After uploading the DICOM axial slices, you can click on the drop down to the right of View. Click on the NM + Fused 3 x 2



It will open the file in a 3 view display. This only works with DICOM files. 



Revision History for this Article

Date

Section

Description of Revision(s)

12-12-19

All

Article created; FAQs incorporated; No criteria changes

3-20-2020

Module 1 Oncology

Added additional instruction regarding whole-body coronal images

6-2-2020

Module 3: Cardiac

Added submission of study requirements

9-23-2020


Added link to NM/PET Clinical Atlas

8-29-2022


Edited 2nd bullet under Module 1 Oncology and Module 2 Brain on display of DICOM reconstructed data set

11-9-2022


Clarified blood glucose documentation oncology module

12-5-2022

All

Attached Site Scanning Data Form, Brain Form, Oncology Form, and Cardiac Form



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