Challenge the experts: Congratulations to our 4 winners!

For the “Challenge the Expert” selection, there were eight candidates. The residents presented their cases to the selection committee, and it was a neck-and-neck race. In the end, 4 out of 8 candidates were selected. 

The 4 selected winners are:

  • Justine Maes (UZ Leuven)
  • Ringo Manta (Institut Jules Bordet)
  • Anika Nys (UZ Leuven)
  • Camille Steenhout (CHU Liège)

The board would like to thank all the candidates for their high level of presentation.

We are very proud that the elected residents will represent Belgium at the EANM’24 congress in Hamburg!

Technologist Day – November 16th, 2024

Date: Saturday, November 16th, 2024

Venue: De Montil – Moortelstraat 8, 1790 Affligem

Click here to register now! (registration will open soon)

The TechDay will have a “Dutch” and a “French” program. Please find the preliminary program down below:


Dutch:

09:00 – 09:15   Welcoming session

09:15 – 10:30    How to Deal with Dementia patients (Dementia Expertise Centre)

    Coffee Break

11:00 – 11:30    PET Dementia investigation – Donatienne Van Weehaeghe (UZ Gent)

11:30 – 12:00   Clinical Cases – Ciska-Anne Van Keerberghen (Virga Jesse Hasselt)

12:00 – 12:45   Non oncological FDG scans – Anika Nijs (UZ Leuven)

     Lunch

14:00 – 14:45   Gastro-intestinal investigation Lennert Boeckxstaens (UZ Leuven)

14:45 – 15:30   Catheter used for contrast –  Yorick Peeters (UZ Leuven)

15:30 – 16:15    Health and Risks at Radiation departments (Els Adams IDEWE-Imelda)

     Farewell drink


French:

09:00 – 09:15   Welcoming session

09:15 – 10:00    Catheter used for contrast (Ayhan Findik-UCL)

10:00 – 10:30    PET Dementia investigation – Gil Leurquin-Sterk (HU Bruxelles)

     Coffee Break

11: 00 – 11:30   Clinical Cases – Ciska-Anne Van Keerberghen (Virga Jesse Hasselt)

11:30 – 12:45    How to Deal with Dementia patients (Dementia Expertise Centre)

     Lunch

14:00 – 14:45   Health and Risks at Radiation departments (Els Adams IDEWE-Imelda)

14:45 – 15:30   Gastro-intestinal investigation – TBA

15:30 – 16:15    Non oncological FDG scans –  Ringo Manta (Institut Jules Bordet)

Farewell Drink

Slides from Seminar “The power of AI in NM” (June 2024)

Slides from BELNUC Seminar (June 2024)

Program

Moderators: Nadia Witthofs and Victor Nuttens

 
 
08:50 – 09:00

 

Welcome

 

09:00 – 09:30
Key Terminology in AI for NM Dummies: Download Slides 
– Prof. Jef Vandemeulebroucke, VUB
09:30 – 10:00
From Measured Signals to Images: Potential Applications of AI in the Molecular Imaging Chain: Download Slides 
– Prof. Georg Schramm, KUL
10:00 – 10:30
Advancements in AI-aided Diagnosis and Prognosis for NM Physicians: Download Slides (available soon)
– Prof. Dr. Erwin Woff, ULB/Institut Jules Bordet
10:30 – 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:30
Potential and Pitfalls of AI for Denoising and System Design in Nuclear Medicine: Download Slides
– Prof. Stefaan Vendenberghe, UGhent
11:30 – 12:00
A practical AI clinical project at CHU UCL Namur: Download Slides
– Dr. François Xavier Hanin, CHU UCL NAMUR (Dinant Godinne/Sainte-Elisabeth)
12:00 – 12:30
Presentation of the BELNUC AI Workgroup and Project: Download Slides (available soon)
– Prof. Dr. Erwin Woff & Dr. Jens Debacker & BELNUC AI workgroup members

Symposium VBS-GBS Nuclear Medicine (Symposium – Algemene vergadering + Assemblée générale: 29.05.2024)

 

Symposium MN 2024

World Metrology Day 2024 – Metrology for Sustainability

May 20 is World Metrology Day, commemorating the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention back in 1875. The theme for 2024 is Metrology for Sustainability, reflecting the way that traceable and accurate measurement is a key enabler for a sustainable growth.

We are pleased to invite you to our upcoming workshop on Metrology for Sustainability. This year, the workshop is organised by SMD FOD Economie in partnership with SCK CEN (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre) and it will be held on May 24, 2024, from 9h00 to 17h00 at the Lakehouse of SCK CEN, Boeretang 200, Mol 2400, Belgium.  

A visit of four laboratories related to dosimetry and radioactivity measurements will take place in the afternoon. The laboratory visit requires registration before 26 April 2024.

The poster session is open to presentations of experimental techniques, data acquisition, sensors, applications related to the leading topic of sustainability. If you would like to contribute with a poster please indicate it in the registration form.

The workshop will focus on the role of metrology in enabling sustainable development and the circular economy. It will feature presentations and discussions on how the Belgian network of national standards laboratories realize today’s references and what we are putting in place for tomorrow. The workshop will also provide an opportunity to engage in discussions and exchange knowledge with other stakeholders.

The draft workshop agenda is detailed here. You can register to the event through this link. Participation is free. Don’t forget to mention if you would like to visit the laboratories (registration deadline is 26 April 2024).

We look forward to your participation in this important event!

 

09:00-09:15

Welcome & Introduction – Dr. Hugo Pirée SMD, Belgium

09:15-10:30

3 presentations

·       Trends and challenges in modern nuclear medicine – Prof. Dr. Kristof Baete, KU Leuven

·       Will computational dosimetry ever be accepted as metrological method ? – Dr. Pasquale Lombardo & Dr. Mahmoud Abdelrahman, SCK CEN

·       to be decided

10:30-11:15

Coffee break and posters visit

11:15-12:30

3 presentations

·       Scientific measurements and sustainable management of marine sand – Dr. Marc Roche, Continental Shelf Service, FPS Economy

·       Sustainable measurements in Metrology – Dr. Miruna Dobre, SMD, FPS Economy

·       to be decided

12:30-13:50

Lunch

14:00-17:00

Tour of 4 SCK CEN laboratories:

·       Laboratory for Nuclear Calibrations (LNK) – 45 min

·       Low-level Radioactivity Measurements laboratories (LRM) – 45 min

·       Personal Dosimetry laboratory (DOS) -20 min

·       Antropogammametry laboratory (AGM) – 20 min

Venue: Lakehouse of SCK CEN (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre), Boeretang 201, Mol 2400, Belgium.  The Lakehouse is accessible for general public. The laboratory visits need access to restricted areas. Free public parking is available on site. Information on how to reach SCK CEN site can be found here: https://www.sckcen.be/en/contact/how-get-sck-cen-mol.  

 

Description of the laboratories:

  • Laboratory for Nuclear Calibrations (LNK) The Laboratory for Nuclear Calibrations (LNK) provides accurate and consistent calibrations of dosemeters and irradiations of samples assuring the traceability of the measurements to the international standards. LNK is the Designated Institute (DI) for the metrology of ionising radiation in Belgium. It maintains and develops standards for metrology of ionizing radiations and contributes to the dissemination of the international standard units to the end users. LNK offers calibrations and irradiations with γ-rays, X-rays, neutrons (252Cf, Am-Be) and β-particles.  It also offers the calibration of ionisation chambers for radiotherapy (Farmer type chambers) and nuclear medicine (radionuclide calibrators) departments of hospitals. A new building dedicated only to LNK, with modern equipment is in use since 2021. https://www.sckcen.be/en/calibrations
  • Low-level Radioactivity Measurements laboratories (LRM) The Low-level Radioactivity Measurements laboratories employ advanced radiometric methods to analyze radioactivity, including gamma-ray spectrometry, alpha particle spectrometry, liquid scintillation counting, and gross alpha and beta counting utilizing ZnS and proportional counters. Additionally, we employ emanometry for precise determination of 222Rn and 226Ra at minimal levels in liquid samples. Equipped with cutting-edge sample dissolution and radiochemistry separation techniques, our laboratories ensure accurate analysis across various matrices. Most of our analyses hold ISO 17025 accreditation. Our services primarily focus on environmental radioactivity monitoring, radiotoxicological assessments, waste product and radioactive effluent analysis, NORM evaluation, as well as food, feed, and research project analyses. https://www.sckcen.be/en/LRM
  • Personal Dosimetry laboratory (DOS) Strengthened by our research group, the Dosimetry Laboratory (DOS) offers services for both SCK CEN and external companies like hospitals, veterinary practices, industrial companies,…. The laboratory is ISO 17025 accredited and approved by FANC as official dosimetry service. The services include the offer of personal dosimeters for the measurement of Hp(10) and Hp(0.07) for exposed workers as well as ring dosemeters, eye lens dosemeters and environmental dosemeters. Techniques in use are thermoluminescence, optically stimulated luminescence as well as direct ion storage technology. https://www.sckcen.be/en/expertises/health/dosimetry
  • Anthropogammametry laboratory (AGM) is monitoring the internal contaminations by gamma-ray spectrometry. Workers are requested to be measured at a frequency depending on their activities and an associated risk analysis. Appropriate detectors (NaI and HPGe) installed in five dedicated low background measurement rooms form a unique infrastructure in Belgium for the direct measurement of internal contaminations. Whole Body Counting, Lung Counting or the measurement of thyroid activity is done in routine for SCK CEN as well as for external customers.

9th ISMERAD | Alpha Therapy: New approaches in radionuclide therapy – April 26, 2024

Date: 26/04/2024
NH Gent Belfort, Hoogpoort 63, 9000 Gent
Anglais
 
Registration is open now! Click here to register for the event!
Registration deadline is on April 18th, 2024.
 
Click here to see more information about the event on the SCK CEN website.
 

The 9th Symposium on Medical Radioisotopes is set to be a pivotal event, offering a comprehensive overview of the current state and future outlook of medical radioisotopes. The symposium aims to provide attendees with invaluable insights into various aspects of this dynamic field.

The event’s objectives are ambitious yet crucial. It seeks to inform participants about the global production prospects of medical radioisotopes in the forthcoming years, emphasizing the importance of addressing challenges in transportation and distribution, including safety, security, transparency, and prompt delivery. Additionally, the symposium endeavors to showcase groundbreaking advancements in radiopharmacy and nuclear medicine, while also introducing new industrial and research initiatives poised to shape the field’s trajectory.

Key highlights of the symposium include an opening talk by Zéna Wimana from HUBruxelles, who will shed light on Lu-177 and its potential in therapy, setting the stage for further discussions. Subsequent sessions will cover a range of topics, including the origin and production challenges of alpha-emitters, logistical concerns such as waste management and transportation, clinical potential and dosimetry studies, and glimpses into the future of medical radioisotopes.

The lineup of esteemed speakers includes experts like Sven Van den Berghe, Matthijs Sevenois, Philippe Dasse, Filip De Vos, Pascal Froment, Hans Van De Maele, Mike Sathekge, Michel Koole, Florian Rosar, and Thierry Stora, each bringing their unique perspectives and insights to the table.

As anticipation mounts for this significant event, attendees can expect to gain invaluable knowledge, foster meaningful connections, and contribute to shaping the future landscape of medical radioisotopes.


The Symposium is intended for:

  • Researchers and professionals active in the subfields of interest;
  • European and Belgian health authorities and regulators;
  • Radioisotope distributors and related transport companies

Général

The 9th Symposium on Medical Radioisotopes intends to:

  • Provide information on the perspectives of the world production of medical radioisotopes during the years to come;
  • Discuss challenges of the transport and distribution processes including safety, security, transparency and prompt delivery;
  • Present breakthroughs in radiopharmacy and nuclear medicine;
  • Introduce new industrial and research initiatives.

Sujets

  • Session 1: Origin/production of alpha-emitters. Challenges for the future – Overview of the activities
  • Session 2: Logistics (waste management)
  • Session 3: Studies | Clinical Potential | Dosimetry
  • Session 4: The future

Programme

09:00    Registration and welcome coffee

09:30    Opening

  • Welcome: Hans Van De Maele, PC Secretary
  • Introduction: Bernard Ponsard, PC Chair
  • Formal Opening: Ignace Lemahieu, RUG

09:45    Opening talk

  • Lu-177 and the perspective of alpha therapy | Zéna Wimana, HUBruxelles

Session 1: Origin/production of alpha-emitters. Challenges for the future – Overview of the activities

  • Ac-225 | Sven Van den Berghe, PanTera
  • At-211 | Matthijs Sevenois, Molecular Imaging & THerapy research group (MITH)
  • Pb-212 | Philippe Dasse, ARTBIO

11:00    Coffee break and poster session

11:30    Session 2: Logistics (waste management)  

  • Centralized radiopharmacies | Filip De Vos, Ghent University, Department of Radiopharmacy
  • Waste Management | Pascal Froment, Be.Sure
  • Drone Logistics – AEGLE project on drone logistics for radiopharmaceuticals | Hans Van De Maele, ORI Consult – AEGLE Drone Services

12:30    Poster session

  • Poster competition

13:00    Lunch

14:00    Plenary talk

  • Activities of HERCA in the frame of medical waste mgmt & logistics – European harmonization | TBC

 Session 3: Studies / Clinical Potential / Dosimetry

  • NTP – Clinical Potential | Mike Sathekge, University of Pretoria
  • Challenges in Dosimetry | Michel Koole,KUL

15:30    Coffee break and poster session

16:00    Session 4: The future

  • Potential of Terbium-161 | Florian Rosar, Nuclear Medicine Physician, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Saarland University
  • PRISMAP: projects/preclinical studies REX on projects | Thierry Stora, CERN

16:45    Poster prize ceremony

  • Traditionally 3 prizes are given for the best posters, respectively 500, 350 and 150 €

17:00    Closing

  • Eric van Walle

17:05        Reception


Organisation

ISMERAD vzw


Préparation

Call for posters to the researchers in the field

Please submit the abstract(s) (20 to 30 lines, title and authors not included) for peer-review by mail to 

bernard.ponsard@sckcen.be & h.vandemaele@be-wis.com

Indicate clearly who is the principal investigator. 

Deadline: March 31, 2024. 

The abstracts of the accepted posters will be published. Similarly to the previous editions, this time too, three prizes (respectively 500, 350 and 150 €) will be allotted for the best three posters.


Prix

€200 – regular parcipants

€ 30 – students

BELNUC Seminar: “The power of Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear Medicine – Join the Learning Session!” June 1st, 2024

Save the date for the next BELNUC Seminar: The power of Artificial Intelligence in Nuclear Medicine – Join the Learning Session!

It will take place on 01/06/2024 at UC Louvain/Saint-Luc.

Registration is now open! – Click here to register now!

 


 

Program

Moderators: Nadia Witthofs and Victor Nuttens

 
 
08:50 – 09:00

 

Welcome

 

09:00 – 09:30
Key Terminology in AI for NM Dummies
Prof. Jef Vandemeulebroucke, VUB
09:30 – 10:00
From Measured Signals to Images: Potential Applications of AI in the Molecular Imaging Chain
Prof. Georg Schramm, KUL
10:00 – 10:30
Advancements in AI-aided Diagnosis and Prognosis for NM Physicians
– Prof. Dr. Erwin Woff, ULB/Institut Jules Bordet
10:30 – 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:30
Potential and Pitfalls of AI for Denoising and System Design in Nuclear Medicine
Prof. Stefaan Vendenberghe, UGhent
11:30 – 12:00
A practical AI clinical project at CHU UCL Namur
– Dr. François Xavier Hanin, CHU UCL NAMUR (Dinant Godinne/Sainte-Elisabeth)
12:00 – 12:30
Presentation of the BELNUC AI Workgroup and Project
Prof. Dr. Erwin Woff & Dr. Jens Debacker & BELNUC AI workgroup members

 


  • RIZIV/INAMI: has granted 3.0 CP
  • FANC/AFCN: has granted 1.0 CP

Slides from Seminar (February 2024)

Slides from BELNUC Seminar (February 2024)

Program

Moderators: Dr Anne Delcourt  Mouscron and Pr Olivier Gheysens UCL Bruxelles

09:00-09:45      Marie Vercruyssen – Hematology HUB

“Lymphoma and Multiple Myeloma in 2024: PET guided management and new treatments –> Download slides

09:45-10:30      Pr. Andrea Gallamini – from Nice

“New metrics of PET scan reading in lymphoma” –> Download slides (available soon)

10:30-11:00      Break

11:00-11:30      Pr. Nadia Withofs – CHU Liège 

“Guideline on the use of  PET/CT in Multiple Myeloma” –> Download slides

11:30-12:30      General assembly

Call for nuclear medicine residents in training: EANM congress 2024 

Format of this session : The ‘expert’ will provide an introductory talk of 15-20 minutes to describe the state of the art referring to existing guidelines. Then, a team of nuclear medicine residents will challenge the expert with questions on this topic supported by real life data, clinical cases or local experience. 


4 Grants : All recipients will receive a complementary EANM congress registration and €1000 travel allowance. 


Eligibility criteria :  

  • Nuclear medicine resident in training (3rd, 4th or 5th year). 
  • Member of BELNUC in order of payment by April 30, 2024.
  • Submit a personal statement/motivation letter. 
  • Submit an interesting and unpublished image with a 150-word abstract. 
  • Submission deadline : Wednesday 15 May 2024 12:00 CET. Application should be sent to office@belnuc.be 

Selection procedure :  

All applicants are invited to present their case on June 1st after the Belnuc seminar (details will follow later). 

Results will be announced by the Belnuc president by email mid June 2024. 

BELNUC LinkedIn account

The BELNUC Association has now upped their Social Media presence by creating a BELNUC LinkedIn account.

Take a look at our LinkedIn profile to keep yourself up-to-date and enjoy some interaction within the BELNUC community!

Click here to get to the BELNUC LinkedIn!