Nuclear Medicine

Exterior building at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry

Description of division:
The Division of Nuclear Medicine has a long tradition of excellence at Western University. It is one of the largest academic Nuclear Medicine divisions in North American, providing services to local (London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care) and regional hospitals (Woodstock General Hospital) as well specialized services to patients from further afield. The division has research linkages with Lawson Health Research Institute, Lawson Imaging and Robarts Research Institute.

The Nuclear Medicine staff physicians have a broad range of subspecialized expertise, encompassing such areas as cardiac hybrid imaging, cancer diagnosis and therapy. This expertise supports innovative programs including large thyroid cancer, neuroendocrine tumour and other targeted oncologic therapeutic practices and a functional/anatomic cardiac imaging program among others.

The wide scope of practice available has resulted in this centre being the largest training program for residents in Nuclear Medicine in Canada, having trained many Nuclear Medicine specialists across the country and internationally. Similarly, this breadth of experience has attracted increasing numbers of learners from many disciplines who wish to gain enhanced training in focal areas of excellence through our fellowship program.

List of the division members:
Dr. Cigdem Akincioglu
Dr. David Laidley
Dr. Irina Rachinsky
Dr. Jonathan Romsa
Dr. William Vezina
Dr. James Warrington

List of current fellows:
Dr. Monerah Almohideb
Dr. Sami Almutairy
Dr. Ahmed Alruwaili
Dr. Alaa Bagabas
Dr. Osama Smettei

Fellowship Information:

Clinical Nuclear Medicine Fellowships
One-year or two-year clinical or research fellowships.

Fellowships offered in the areas of:

  1. PET/CT
  2. Nuclear cardiology/hybrid imaging with coronary CT angiography and
  3. Therapeutic nuclear medicine (including radionuclide treatment of benign and malignant thyroid disease and treatment of neuroendocrine malignancies)
  • Clinical fellows are offered a half day per week of protected academic time for research projects
  • Fellows will be engaged in reporting studies and work closely with staff, other fellows, and residents
  • The fellows attend and present at departmental rounds and are actively involved in resident teaching

Research Nuclear Medicine Fellowships
  • 12 month fellowships involving research projects in the areas of general nuclear medicine, PET/CT, Nuclear cardiology/hybrid imaging with coronary CT angiography and therapeutic nuclear medicine (radioiodine therapy and treatment of neuroendocrine malignancies)
  • The fellows attend and present at rounds and are actively involved in resident teaching

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Research is a fundamental component of the academic activity of the Division of Nuclear Medicine. Research is emphasized as part of the scholarly work of all members of the department including Nuclear Medicine technologist students, medical students, residents, fellows, staff physicians and scientists. The increasing emphasis on research has been paralleled by the growth in our fellowship program. Current active areas of research include cardiac hybrid imaging (functional imaging with SPECT and anatomic imaging with coronary CT angiography), cancer diagnosis and therapy (eg. neuroendocrine tumours with MIBG/lutetium, thyroid cancer with I-131 and liver cancer with Yttrium-90). Brain imaging with a focus on seizure localization and dementia evaluation has also been an area of increasing research interest. The division’s research infrastructure consists of imaging resources including SPECT, SPECT CT, PET CT, PET MRI, coronary CT angiography as well as the necessary links to collaborating physicians, scientists and research institutes. The Division of Nuclear Medicine is also actively developing a Masters graduate program in Nuclear Medicine.

Resident Research Overview
Residents are encouraged to participate in a research project during their training under the mentorship of the resident research director and staff. Trainees are provided with the opportunity to present their research topics at the yearly Resident’s Research Day (London Imaging Discovery) and at national/international meetings such as the CANM/SNMMI meetings. If appropriate, research projects are encouraged to be submitted for publication.

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