Journal Reading


As of June 17, 2015, the Board of Pharmacy Specialties has awarded the contract to Purdue.   BPS will no longer accept UNM CPE credits towards your BCNP recertification.  December 31, 2015 was the last date of acceptance.  While ACPE credit will be available the hours will NOT be accepted by BPS towards your recertification.  You can view the statement release by BPS 6/19/205 here.

Due to the new contract being awarded to another university for BCNP re-certification hours, all production of new Lessons has been halted and discontinued until further notice.

In an effort to bring more timely and relevant continuing education topics to the nuclear pharmacists, the University of New Mexico is exploring an alternative informational presentation:  Journal Readings.   In this venue, articles from peer-reviewed scientific literature are presented for study with an assessment relevant to the practice of nuclear pharmacy.

Below is an overview of the available Journal Reading articles currently online.  You will have 2 attempts to pass each lesson.  If needed we can clear your current attempts and reset for an additional 2 attempts (email to request a reset).  If after the 4th attempt you do not pass the test, the lesson will need to be repurchased at full price.


Lesson 1. Infection Imaging


  1. Love CL, Palestsro CJ. Radionuclide imaging of inflammation and infection in the acuter care setting. Semin Nucl Med. 2013: 43:102-113.
  2. Gotthardt M, Bleeker-Rovers CP, Boerman OC, Oyen WJG. Imaging of Inflamation by PET, conventional scintigraphy, and other imaging techniques. J Nucl Med Technol. 2013; 41:157-169.


Upon successful completion of this lesson, the reader should be able to:

  1. Compare and contrast current imaging modalities including ultrasound, MR, and nuclear imaging.
  2. Explain the mechanism of localization of radiopharmceuticals used to image for infection.
  3. Given a brief case scenario, select the most appropriate radiopharmaceutical.
  4. Define the ideal infection imaging modality

Release Date: 3/4/2015
Expires on: 3/4/2017
Contact Hours: 2.5
Activity Type: Knowledge
Audience: Pharmacists
$29.00 by Credit Card

Lesson 2. Radiation Biology and Radiation Dose in Special Populations


This activity consist of three articles published in the nuclear medicine professional literature.  The citation and the learning objectives for each article are listed below.

Brooks Al, Dauer LT. Advances in radiation biology: Effect on nuclear medicine. Seminars in Nuclear Medicine 2014; 44:179-186.

  1. Discuss the three unique biological responses observed for low-dose radiation exposure.
  2. Explain the theorized mechanisms of action of cell response(s) to low-dose radiation.
  3. Compare and contrast the Linear No Threshold model hypothesis to recent research findings for low dose radiation exposure.

Stabin MG. Radiation dose concerns for the pregnant or lactating patient. Seminars in Nuclear Medicine 2014; 44:479-488.

  1. List the risks to embryo/fetus from in utero exposure to radiation exposure from diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures.
  2. Estimate the embryo/fetus absorbed radiation dose from a radiopharmaceutical administered to the mother.
  3. Explain the assumptions made when calculating excretion of radiopharmaceuticals into breast milk.
  4. Discuss recommended breastfeeding interruption times for various radiopharmaceuticals.

Fahey FH, Treves ST, Adelstein SJ. Minimizing and communicating radiation risk in pediatric nuclear medicine. The Journal of Nuclear Medicine 2011; 52:1240-1251.

  1. Discuss pediatric considerations when calculating radiation dose.
  2. Explain age as a component of radiation induced cancer risk.
  3. Calculate a pediatric dose based on patient weight.
  4. Discuss lifetime risk of death from radiation exposure from nuclear medicine procedures.

Release Date:6/11/2015
Expires on: 6/11/2018
Contact Hours: 3.5
Activity Type: Knowledge
Audience: Pharmacists
$41 by Credit Card