Ambitious goals drive developers of Explorer PET project
November 20, 2015 -- Buoyed by a five-year, $15.5 million grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, a consortium of researchers has embarked on an ambitious trek to revolutionize PET imaging with the world's first total-body scanner, a system that would employ a half-million PET detectors.
ABNM, ABR scrap plan to revamp nuclear medicine training
November 10, 2015 -- A plan to improve job prospects for nuclear medicine trainees by merging their training path with that of diagnostic radiologists has been scrapped by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM) and the American Board of Radiology (ABR).
PET/CT predicts stem cell transplant success in lymphoma
October 29, 2015 -- The presence of lesions on FDG-PET/CT scans prior to stem cell transplantation can help predict survival for patients with aggressive lymphomas, according to a study published in the November issue of Radiology.
FDG-PET predicts survival in Parkinsonian syndrome
October 15, 2015 -- FDG-PET strongly predicts overall survival in patients suspected of having early-stage atypical Parkinsonian syndrome, according to a study in the October Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The modality's findings closely matched clinical diagnosis at one-year follow-up.
Advocates for NaF-PET plan rebound from CMS decision
October 8, 2015 -- In a word, "disappointment" is how members of the nuclear medicine and radiology communities are reacting to last month's rejection by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of a proposal to loosen restrictions on reimbursement for sodium fluoride (NaF) PET scans to detect bone metastases.
SNMMI rejects plan to dissolve ABNM
October 2, 2015 -- The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging's (SNMMI) board of directors has unanimously rejected a proposal to dissolve the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM) and fold its functions and training programs into the American Board of Radiology.
Perma-Fix advances Tc-99m production technology
October 2, 2015 -- Concern over the future supply of medical isotopes in the wake of recent worldwide shortages and aging nuclear reactors has spawned a kind of cottage industry among entrepreneurs. One such firm is Perma-Fix Medical, which is developing a method for producing technetium-99m (Tc-99m) that does not require uranium.
PET/MRI can be a boon for pediatric cancer patients
September 9, 2015 -- Young pediatric patients may benefit from FDG-PET/MRI for staging and clinically evaluating oncologic disorders, given the hybrid modality's superior soft-tissue contrast and significantly lower radiation dose, according to a study published online August 24 in Investigative Radiology.
PET/MRI matches PET/CT for recurrent pelvic cancer
September 4, 2015 -- PET/MRI can provide high diagnostic performance for restaging gynecological cancer patients compared with FDG-PET/CT, with only slightly longer scan time and "markedly reduced" radiation exposure, according to a German study published online in the European Journal of Radiology.
PET/MRI makes clinical inroads, but work remains
August 31, 2015 -- PET/MRI is making progress in moving from being a research technology to a modality that's used clinically. Radiologists who use it frequently are recognizing its value for several applications, but work remains in convincing referring physicians of its worth.