Medicare coverage gets easier for oncologic PET tracers February 17, 2017 -- In September 2013, Medicare coverage for new oncologic PET radiopharmaceuticals underwent a quiet yet significant change. In a new column, Terri Wilson of Blue Earth Diagnostics explains how the changes are making it easier for providers to receive reimbursement for PET studies with the new radiotracers.
SPECT/CT advances abdominal emergency diagnoses January 31, 2017 -- SPECT/CT can be a valuable resource for diagnosing gastrointestinal and genitourinary bleeding in the emergency room setting, and it does so in a reasonable amount of additional time, according to a study from Stony Brook University.
Novel PET agent could sniff out neurological disease January 24, 2017 -- Backed by previous research suggesting that losing one's sense of smell can be a sign of neurodegeneration, researchers are developing a novel PET imaging agent that targets olfactory neurons to assess the extent of disease, according to a study published online January 23 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.
PET/CT CAD finds common spinal metastases January 23, 2017 -- A new multipurpose computer-aided detection (CAD) algorithm was able to detect and characterize different kinds of spinal metastases in PET/CT images automatically and accurately, say researchers from two U.S. institutions. The fully automated system could help doctors diagnose and manage patients with the most common musculoskeletal metastases.
Are radiation dose guidelines scaring patients? January 13, 2017 -- Are guidelines urging healthcare practitioners to reduce radiation dose when imaging patients simply inducing radiation phobia for procedures that have little to no health risk? That's the provocative stance of a new article published in the January 2017 issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
PET/CT may have found cardiovascular event trigger January 12, 2017 -- PET/CT scans have identified activity in a stress-related structure in the brain that could be linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a study published online January 11 in the Lancet.
PET/CT remains best option for head, neck cancer January 9, 2017 -- While PET/MRI shows great promise in a multitude of clinical applications, German researchers have found that the hybrid modality's performance in evaluating head and neck cancer appears no better than that of tried-and-true PET/CT.
3D-printed kidney phantom advances SPECT/CT calibration December 12, 2016 -- German researchers have developed a low-cost 3D printing technology that can be used to create patient-specific organ models of varying sizes and shapes, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
PiB-PET could open window on common meningiomas December 9, 2016 -- With its ability to achieve a high level of specificity, the combination of carbon-11-labeled Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) with PET imaging is showing early promise in distinguishing meningiomas from other intracranial tumors, according to a study presented recently at RSNA 2016.