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Safety concern regarding guidance on scan preparation for tumour imaging using FDG PET

The Committee of the UK Diabetes Technology network have raised concerns about the guidance regarding scan preparation for diabetic patients on insulin infusions in the current EANM guidelines for tumour imaging using FDG PET.

There is concern that stopping continuous insulin in patients using subcutaneous insulin pumps may put patients at risk of ketosis.

Prof Sally Barrington and Dr Iain Cranston have brought this to our attention and drafted this statement:

Statement regarding scan preparation for FDG-PET scanning in patients with type 1 diabetes treatedwith continuous insulin


New Trainee Membership Category

A new membership category for trainees will be launched in January 2019 when the new BNMS website is launched.

Open to trainees including STPS and those enrolled on a PhD or MD or PG course involving radioisotopes, who are normally resident in the UK or Ireland. Applicants should be enrolled in a recognised higher professional (ST3 and above) training scheme and possess a training number or be a research fellow. Support for membership will be required from a consultant member of the Society along with your national training number and evidence from your supervisor of your status and the end of your training date. On the completion of training you will be upgraded to consultant membership. It is not necessary to complete a new application form or obtain new sponsorship but you must inform the BNMS of your appointment.

By becoming a trainee member of the BNMS for only £54 a year, trainees gain full membership benefits including access to all materials in the BNMS members’ area and online access to NMC and a specially reduced registration fee for the BNMS Annual Spring Meeting.

Membership Benefits

  • Attendance of the Society's two annual Scientific Meetings and other events at the discounted trainee members' rates - Attendance at the BNMS Spring Meeting costs only £60 for the whole meeting.
  • Delegate discounts at Joint Meetings with educational bodies such as the British Institute of Radiology and the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Access to presentations and posters from all of our meetings online.
  • Membership fees fully tax deductible
  • Free online access to the entire back catalogue of the official BNMS journal Nuclear Medicine Communications from March 1980.
  • Access to our comprehensive nuclear medicine departmental database
  • Apply for fellowships and awards
  • Monthly E-Newsletter and BNMS Event Alerts and Updates that are tailored to your field
  • Post your CV at a discounted rate via BNMS jobs to increase your viewings by top recruiters in Nuclear Medicine

For continuity of benefits, we process membership subscriptions monthly. You would be able to enjoy all the aforementioned at a great price of £4.50 per calendar month! Email us at to complete a direct debit form and receive your benefits immediately.

BNMS Innovative Team of the Year Award

This BNMS new award for 2019 is to celebrate teams that are developing innovative and creative ways of improving the services they deliver.  
The aim of this award is to encourage innovation leading to improvement in procedures, practices and service levels.   

BNMS Social Media

The purpose of BNMS social media accounts is to increase awareness of the BNMS and the specialty of nuclear medicine, enhancing the Society’s image and advancing its objectives through communications.  Primarily communications for initiatives and developments or news in nuclear medicine practice, marketing educational meetings, encouraging BNMS membership applications and traffic to the BNMS website.

The following representatives contribute to social media channels on behalf of BNMS:

David Little, Royal United Hospital Bath,

Luisa Roldao Pereira, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

Charlotte Weston, BNMS Staff

Le Thoai, BNMS Staff

Caroline Oxley, BNMS Staff


BNMS social media principles apply to professional use of social media on behalf of BNMS as well as personal use of social media when referencing BNMS.

BNMS Social Media Policy

RTNG Poster Prize winner

P17: Myocardial suppression in FDG PET/CT in infective endocarditis: A single site experience in patient preparation

Sara Soares, Nick Gulliver, Andrew Cheetham, Manuela Vadrucci, Nicola Mulholland and Gill Vivian
King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London

BNMS President, Dr John Buscombe visited Sara Soares to present the certificate

kCH presentation prize

2nd Issue of the internationally acclaimed ePatient magazine, Vol1Num2

The magazine is fully dedicated to educate non-nuclear medicine professionals about diagnostic and therapeutic nuclear medicine procedures and to promote the safe use of nuclear medicine for the betterment of the populations' health across the globe.

Click here to view the issue

Dr John Buscombe becomes President

John Buscombe President

Dr John Buscombe from Addenbrooke's Hospital Cambridge takes over as President from Prof Sobhan Vinjamuri (President from 2016 to 2018) at the closing ceremony of the BNMS Annual Spring Meeting in Birmingham on Monday 16th April 2018.

HRA Radiation Assurance Phase 1 opens on Monday 16th April

Following a period of process development and successful reviewer recruitment, the HRA have opened Phase 1 of Radiation Assurance to all oncology studies taking place in the NHS.

Information and guidance on Radiation Assurance can be found on their website.