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David Menard, PET Tech

As the lead PET Tech in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, David Menard has both a managerial and hands-on role. He oversees the day to day tasks of his team, and works in conjunction with the Yale Diagnostic Radiology Clinical Trials team to provide imaging to patients according to various protocols. Previously a computer technician, David came to Yale twelve years ago and enjoys the marriage of technology and patient care his current role provides.

Patients are typically ordered a PET scan for diagnostic, staging, or follow-up purposes. David facilitates communication across multiple modalities to ensure every patient receives high quality care. "Our goal is to provide patients with the newest options available, and to make sure everything about their particular treatment plan is verified before they arrive," said David. "We want to do everything within our power to make this experience as easy and as safe as possible for them."

David was instrumental in performing imaging and collecting data for the National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR), which was a key factor in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expanding coverage for PET imaging for many cancer types. He was also a crucial part of the reason that Yale was the first in the nation to perform trial imaging for prostate cancer.

Michele K. Pepe, CNMT BS, Senior Manager, Nuclear Medicine & PET CT, Patient Experience, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, commented, "Not only has David developed strong relationships with the clinical trial staff resulting in successful data collection for all clinical trials requiring PET imaging, but he also excels in patient and family satisfaction. He goes above and beyond and is a role model for our service."