ACR, SNMMI set standards for reading PET/MRI brain scans
March 19, 2015 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) have released the first in a series of requirements for physicians and clinicians interested in gaining proficiency in reading PET/MRI scans.
ACC: PET/CT trumps SPECT for cardiac studies
March 17, 2015 -- Researchers from Utah found that PET/CT is far superior to SPECT for diagnosing myocardial ischemia, with higher sensitivity at a lower radiation dose, according to a paper presented on Sunday at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) meeting in San Diego. PET/CT in particular far outstripped SPECT in determining that patients were free of cardiac disease.
Adults at low risk of heart disease shouldn't get screening
March 16, 2015 -- Cardiac screening shouldn't be performed on patients at low risk for coronary heart disease, as it doesn't improve patient outcomes and comes with potential harms due to false-positive results, according to a paper published on Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine by the American College of Physicians.
New indications, added funding power Navidea into the future
March 16, 2015 -- The past six months have brought many substantial changes for radiopharmaceutical developer Navidea Biopharmaceuticals. The company's accomplishments range from new grant funding to expanded regulatory indications for its main product.
Canadian group succeeds with cyclotron-produced Tc-99m
March 10, 2015 -- Researchers from Centre de Recherche of the Hospitalier Universitaire de Sherbrooke, working in conjunction with the University of Alberta and Advanced Cyclotron Systems, have achieved a major advance by affirming that use of cyclotron-produced technetium-99m (Tc-99m) results in image quality equivalent to that of Tc-99m manufactured in a nuclear reactor.
The big question: CT, MRI, or nuclear for coronary artery disease diagnosis?
March 7, 2015 -- Faced with a choice of CT, MRI, and hybrid nuclear imaging for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease, which modality is most suitable for any one patient type and why? All three play an important role in the diagnostic process, according to speakers at a presentation on Saturday at ECR 2015.
Video from ECR 2015: Thomas Beyer, PhD, on hybrid imaging
March 6, 2015 -- VIENNA - What does the future hold for PET/MRI? Can it ever be cost-effective? Thomas Beyer, PhD, a professor at the Medical University of Vienna, answers these questions in an interview with AuntMinnieEurope.com Editor-in-Chief Philip Ward at ECR 2015.
GE launches products in MRI, ultrasound, HIT at ECR 2015
March 6, 2015 -- VIENNA - GE Healthcare is highlighting a pair of new MRI scanners, Signa Creator and Signa Explorer, making their global launch at this week's ECR 2015 meeting. The company is also rolling out its new Logiq P9 ultrasound scanner, as well as Centricity xSite, a new healthcare IT platform designed to improve radiology reporting across multiple healthcare enterprises.
Hybrid techniques make giant strides in clinical practice
March 4, 2015 -- As hybrid imaging gains more ground in cardiology, neurology, and oncology, the debate over PET/MRI's current and potential role in routine practice still rages. The central question remains: Is it an expensive new toy with no clinical applications on the horizon, or is it a truly revolutionary technique?
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.