Donna L. Mason, M.S., CNMT, RT(N)
Assistant Professor of Advanced Medical Imaging Technology (Nuclear Medicine)
412-397-5418 phone (M)
412-397-3977 fax
Nicholson Center 469

Educational Background

  • Master of Science, Professional Leadership, Carlow University, 2005
  • CNMT, RT(N), Nuclear Medicine Technology, CCAC, 1984
  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, Carlow College, 1983

Professional Background

  • Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board in Radiation Safety NMTCB(RS)
  • Examination Committee, American Registry of Radiologic Technologist.
  • Abstract Reviewer, Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section.
  • Moderator and Evaluator, Society of Nuclear Medicine Student Technologist Section, Society of Nuclear Medicine's 57th Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Educators Task Force - Transition Subcommittee, Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section.
  • Educator's Task Force, - Students and Educators Subcommittee, Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section.
  • Item Writer, American Registry of Radiologic Technologist
  • Professional Development Task Force, Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section.
  • Educators Committee, Society of Nuclear Medicine Technologist Section.

Area of Expertise/Research

  • Research Grants: Mason DL, Macci Bires A. "Perspectives from Nuclear Medicine Technologists: Should Parents be Permitted in the Nuclear Medicine Imaging Suite During Procedures?" American Society of Radiologic Technologists Education and Research Foundation, Grant # S08RG01. Funded May 2008. Robert Morris University IRB approval #080504, June 2008.


  • Wiseman MB, Derbyshire SWG, Dachille MA, Milko DL, Ruszkiewicz JA, Meltzer CC, Townsend DW. "A Double Blind Randomized Comparison of Sumatriptan and Placebo Effects on Migraine Headache and Central Response Measured Using Positron Emission Tomography." J Nucl Med 1997.
  • Wiseman MB, Sanchez JA, Beuchel C, Mintun MA, Lopez OL, Milko DL, Becker JT. "Patterns of Relative Cerebral Blood Flow in Minor Cognitive Motor Disorder in HIV Infection." J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci 1999.
  • Macci Bires A, Mason DL. "Crossroads for the Traveling Medical Record". Hospital News. p. 14, November 2008.
  • Nielsen C, Aaron L, Bolus NE, Gilmore D, Hess-Smith M, Hubble WE, Hunt KE, Macci Bires A, Mason DL, Stecker LH, Waterstram-Rich KM. "Curriculum Guide for Educational Programs in Nuclear Medicine Technology 4th Edition." Society of Nuclear Medicine. Available on-line at, Published August 2008.
  • Mason DL, Macci Bires A. "Buy One and Get Two". Hospital News. p. 22, June 2008.
  • Macci Bires A, Mason DL. "The Art of the Start". Hospital News. p. 24, July 2009.
  • Mason DL, Macci Bires A. "Parents in Nuclear Medicine Suites". Radiologic Technology, Vol 83/No.5, May/June 2012.
  • Angela Macci Bires, Donna L. Mason, David Gilmore, and Carly Pietrzyk. “Gap Analysis Survey: An Aid in Transitioning to Standardized Curricula for Nuclear Medicine Technology”.  J. Nucl. Med Technol. 2012 40:178-182.


  • 1992 - Raja S, Charron M, Klein HA, Milko D. "A Novel Subtraction Algorithm for Parathyroid Scintigraphy". J Nucl Med 1992.
  • 1992 - Milko DL, Charron M. "The Value of Radionuclide Angiogram and Blood Pool Imaging in Evaluation of Bone Disease in Adults". J Nucl Med Technol 1992.
  • 1995 - Milko DL, Ruszkiewicz JA, Dachille MA, Wiseman MB, Mintun MA. "Imaging Techniques of Positron Emission Tomography Using Fluorine-18-Fluorodeoxyglucose with Magnetic Resonance Imaging Alignment for the Pediatric Epileptic Patient". J Nucl Med Technol 1995.
  • 1995 - Dachille MA, Milko DL, Ruszkiewicz JA, Simpson N, Manthei D, Mintun MA. "Techniques to Lower Radiation Exposure to PET Personnel, When Performing Multiple Intravenous [15O]water Injections". J Nucl Med Technol 1995.
  • 1995 - Ruszkiewicz JA, Dachille MA, Milko DL, Townsend D, Jadali F, Mintun MA. "Total Body Imaging in a Clinical Setting with a Rotating Positron Emission Tomography Scanner, PRT-2". J Nucl Med Technol 1995.
  • 1996 - Ruszkiewicz JA, Simpson NR, Milko DL, Manthei D, Altenburger D, Mathis CA, Swanson DP, Mintun MA. "Automatic [15O]water Synthesis and Administration Unit for Multiple Intravenous Injections". J Nucl Med Technol 1996.
  • 1997 - Milko DL, Wiseman MB, Derbyshire SWG, Ruszkiewicz JA, Manthei DA, Soso MJ, Urso GK, Townsend DW, Meltzer CC. "Pathophysiology of Migraine Headaches Using Positron Emission Tomography". J Nucl Med Technol 1997.
  • 1998 - Ruszkiewicz JA, Ratica DM, Milko DL, Parkinson DE, Smith LG, Klein EC, Mathis CA."Procedures to Image Non-human Primates Performed by a Nuclear Medicine Technologist". J Nucl Med Technol 1998.
  • 2004 - Society of Nuclear Medicine's 51st Annual Meeting, June 19-23, 2004, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "Clinical Instructor Training: Relationship between the Instructor and the Student".
  • 2006 - UPMC/HVHS Cancer Center, Lunch and Learn, June 7, 2006."Patient Preps for PET-CT Imaging".
  • 2008 - Talbot F, Sheetz M, Whitt D, Mason D. "Measuring the Effectiveness of Free Standing Uptake Shields on Unrestricted Area Exposure at a Busy PET/CT Practice". J Nucl Med Technol June 2008.
  • 2010 - Macci Bires A, Mason DL, Willard R, DiMichele D, Mooney T. "Self Directed Student Driven Approach to Service-Learning". Third Annual Southwestern PA Regional Network for the Growth of Service-Learning Symposium and Showcase, March 2010.