PET/CT calcium scores reveal chemo's damage to the heart August 4, 2016 -- By comparing baseline and follow-up coronary calcium scores from PET/CT scans of lymphoma patients after chemotherapy, researchers say they can better follow the cancer treatment's debilitating impact on the heart, and perhaps get a better handle on possible cardiotoxicity.
Is MBI a better alternative for dense breast screening? August 1, 2016 -- Almost half of women eligible for breast cancer screening have dense tissue -- a characteristic that can limit conventional mammography's performance. To work around this, clinicians need supplemental imaging modalities, and molecular breast imaging (MBI) is an effective option, according to a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Nuclear medicine training helps radiologists July 27, 2016 -- Radiologists who receive training in nuclear medicine are still able to interpret anatomical imaging studies just as well as general radiologists, according to a new study. The research is good news for efforts to create a unified training program for hybrid imaging.
PET with tau agent sheds light on Alzheimer's disease July 25, 2016 -- PET imaging of tau proteins with a novel radiotracer based on fluorine-18 is showing great promise in differentiating between Alzheimer's patients and cognitively normal individuals and identifying how the disease may develop, according to a study published online July 25 in JAMA Neurology.
Does imaging after thyroid cancer treatment help? July 21, 2016 -- Yes, surveillance imaging can identify the recurrence of thyroid cancer in patients who have received treatment. But that doesn't mean the scans will affect patient survival, according to a large retrospective study published online July 21 in BMJ.
Very low calcium scores do not guarantee negative MPI July 12, 2016 -- Symptomatic patients with very low coronary artery calcium scores are almost as likely to have a positive SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) scan and a subsequent cardiac event as patients with higher calcium scores, according to a study presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging annual meeting.
FDG-PET/CT aids assessment of lower-stage breast cancer June 29, 2016 -- FDG-PET/CT's ability to find a significant number of distant metastases in patients with newly diagnosed stage IIB triple-negative breast cancer suggests that current guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network for the modality's use may need to be revised.
Prostate radiotracer may benefit breast cancer imaging June 24, 2016 -- A radiotracer recently cleared for PET imaging of recurrent prostate cancer may have similar efficacy for certain forms of breast cancer, according to a study presented at last week's Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging meeting.