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View Public Comments for Positron Emission Tomography (CAG-00065R2)

Hubner, Karl
Professor Emeritus, Radiology
UT Medical Center

I have experienced the development of PET imaging in its early research state at the Medical Division of ORAU in Oak Ridge, TN in the mid-1970s, and have been involved in establishing one of the first clinical PET centers in the U.S. at the UT Medical Center in Knoxville, TN in 1988. PET procedures were recognized by Medicare as reimbursable diagnostic examinations in the late 1990s,

The science of Nuclear Medicine has just entered a new era of Molecular Imaging with more target specific imaging agents especially for cancer patients and patients with MCI/AD. This is not only improves diagnostic accuracy but also has important potential therapeutic implications for these patients.

I think it would be a mistake to deny coverage of PET/CT with new FDA approved radiotracers.

Karl F. Hubner, M.D.
Professor Emeritus, Radiology
UT Medical Center
Knoxville, TN