Novel PET tracer helps diagnose concussed patients September 28, 2016 -- A new PET tracer, F-18 T807, has shown efficacy for diagnosing concussion-related brain degeneration for the first time in a live subject, according to a proof-of-concept study published online September 27 in Translational Psychiatry.
Most hospitals follow pediatric nuclear medicine dose guidelines September 28, 2016 -- A survey of more than 80 general hospitals that perform nuclear medicine scans on pediatric patients shows the vast majority adhere to radiation-reducing protocols promoted by Image Gently and the 2010 North American guidelines, according to research published in the September issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
ASTRO: Negative PET/CT doesn't always mean dormant NSCLC September 27, 2016 -- BOSTON - Certain non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients with clinical stage T2 tumors may still need their disease staged invasively, even if they have a negative PET/CT scan, according to a study presented on Sunday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting.
Report warns of shortages to Mo-99 supply in U.S. September 13, 2016 -- Supplies of a key radioisotope used in nuclear cardiology scans could be disrupted next month when a Canadian nuclear reactor begins shutting down. U.S. healthcare providers could be left scrambling for new sources of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) until other suppliers are able to step in and fill the void.
UAE steps up campaign on dose awareness September 13, 2016 -- Moves to limit medical radiation exposure are intensifying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and safety issues and education now are high on the agenda of healthcare professionals. Every effort must be made to reduce exposure and boost risk awareness, according to key participants at next month's summit in the region.
PET/MRI's future tied to cost, scan time, key applications August 31, 2016 -- Buoyed by its perceived superiority over PET/CT, early adopters of PET/MRI believe the hybrid modality could be used more often in routine clinical applications within the next five years. However, this trajectory could hit a speed bump.
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.