SPECT advocate Amen calls for modality's use in psychiatry
February 27, 2015 -- Greater use of SPECT in psychiatric care could help diagnose neurological conditions, remove the stigma of mental illness, and end the practice of psychiatrists "flying blind" when treating patients, according to psychiatrist and SPECT proponent Dr. Daniel Amen.
Multiple FDG-PET/CT scans can influence lung cancer treatment
February 20, 2015 -- By showing how four or more follow-up FDG-PET/CT scans for lung cancer can alter patient treatment plans, researchers at Johns Hopkins University are making the case for expanded Medicare reimbursement for these exams in a new article in the February edition of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
U.S. SPECT, PET radiopharma market shows promise amid challenges
February 13, 2015 -- Advances in neurological and cardiac imaging are expected to fuel sales growth in the SPECT and PET radiopharmaceutical markets in the U.S. in the second half of the decade, according to a new market research report from Bio-Tech Systems.
Nuclear medicine physicians must change to survive
February 11, 2015 -- While nuclear medicine is not in imminent danger of extinction, it may need to reinvent itself for the future, according to the president of the British Nuclear Medicine Society. In particular, nuclear medicine physicians need to shed their self-image as purely imaging-based physicians to become more involved in clinical areas.
High cost tempers value of PET/MRI for cardiac lesions
February 10, 2015 -- The ability of FDG-PET/MRI to detail morphology and assess malignancy makes it a "powerful tool" for the diagnostic workup of cardiac tumors, but it should be used judiciously because of its high cost and limited availability, according to a new study from Germany in the February Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
CANM: Nuclear MPI tests could help ED docs rule out patients
February 5, 2015 -- The broader use of nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) stress tests could help emergency department (ED) physicians better determine which patients can be safely discharged after a normal electrocardiogram and negative biomarker results, according to a February 1 talk at the Canadian Association of Nuclear Medicine (CANM) meeting in Montreal.
Adding MBI to mammography finds more cancers in dense tissue
January 27, 2015 -- Adding molecular breast imaging (MBI) to conventional mammography finds more cancers in women with dense breast tissue -- and at acceptable radiation doses for screening, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Experts discount JAMA study urging discharge of chest pain patients
January 26, 2015 -- Low-risk chest pain patients should be sent home without imaging, concludes a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine. But several experts are disputing the study's main finding that treadmill stress tests, as well as CT and other imaging tests, have no value in preventing heart attacks in low-risk individuals.
PET/MRI spots neuroinflammation from chronic back pain
January 15, 2015 -- PET/MR images have led researchers for the first time to confirm evidence of neuroinflammation in key regions of the brain in patients with chronic back pain, according to a study published online January 12 in Brain.
Gamma Medica sets sights on continued progress in 2015
December 16, 2014 -- Molecular imaging developer Gamma Medica is hoping that 2015 will be a watershed year in its resurrection, some 21 months after emerging from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The company has refreshed its technology and is building its installed base as it regains its footing.