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Nordion Launches New TheraSphere® Preceptor Program For Doctors

Experienced interventional radiologists to provide medical and technical advice to treatment users

OTTAWA, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Nordion Inc. (TSX: NDN) (NYSE: NDZ), a leading provider of products and services for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, today announced the launch of a new preceptor program to support doctors using TheraSphere ®, the company's Yttrium-90 (Y-90) glass microsphere liver cancer treatment.

Matthew Johnson, MD, Professor of Radiology and Surgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, and Siddharth Padia, MD, Assistant Professor of Interventional Radiology at the University of Washington in Seattle, are both highly experienced TheraSphere ® users, having between them administered more than 1,000 Y-90 radioembolization treatments. As preceptors, they will help guide and coach physicians at various stages of TheraSphere ® clinical use.

"Nordion wants to help physicians develop a solid technical foundation for treating hepatocellular carcinoma with TheraSphere ®," explained Mason Ross, MD, Nordion's VP of Medical Affairs. "This program is designed to assist doctors to make independent decisions with confidence about the use and administration of TheraSphere ®. With the training programs at our Centers of Excellence in the US and Europe, our technical proctors and these new physician preceptors, Nordion now offers end-to-end training and support for physicians in the use of Therasphere ®, whether it's their first  dose or their 100 th."

The preceptors will provide medical and technical advice to physicians using TheraSphere ®. Their role includes:

  • Advising peers on appropriate patient selection and screening
  • Reviewing imaging scans of potential patients
  • Providing guidance on treatment planning
  • Reviewing dosimetry and dose selection considerations for specific patients
  • Advising on treatment administration techniques
  • Providing post-treatment guidance

"Because the availability of Y-90 therapy is relatively recent, it's critical for physicians to be able to leverage and share experience and best practices," said Dr. Johnson. "I'm pleased that Nordion has recognized this and is establishing this forum."

The preceptors will be available by email and are committed to providing timely responses to questions from physicians.

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