Is the U.S. due for a shortage of SPECT tracers? Part 2
November 18, 2016 -- In the second part of our series on the coming shortage of SPECT radiopharmaceuticals, Giananthony Rizzo of Decision Resources Group examines other factors in the U.S. healthcare industry that could affect isotope prices in the future.
Is the U.S. due for a shortage of SPECT tracers? Part 1
November 17, 2016 -- A perfect storm is brewing in the global SPECT market that could see the prices of radiopharmaceuticals skyrocket over the next five years. A number of factors are coalescing that could lead to a shortage of SPECT tracers for years to come, according to this article by Giananthony Rizzo of Decision Resources Group.
PET/CT of calcium forewarns of adverse cardiac event
November 15, 2016 -- Patients with a normal stress test but evidence of calcium in coronary arteries on PET/CT scans are not immune from a serious adverse cardiac event within a year, according to a study presented on Monday at the American Heart Association annual meeting in New Orleans.
JNM: Florbetaben-PET detects cardiac amyloidosis
November 4, 2016 -- Australian researchers have shown the proficiency of PET with the radiotracer F-18 florbetaben to detect abnormal deposits of proteins in the heart in a study published in the November issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Novel PET compound could aid Alzheimer's detection
November 3, 2016 -- Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have developed a chemical compound that detects amyloid deposits on PET scans better than currently approved imaging agents, according to a paper published November 2 in Scientific Reports.
Second Opinion: Did thyroid imaging study miss the mark?
October 27, 2016 -- In an article published July 21 in BMJ, researchers from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center questioned whether the use of imaging after treatment for thyroid cancer improved patient outcomes. Dr. Mark Tulchinsky of Pennsylvania State University offers a response in this Second Opinion column.
PET/MRI detects distant metastasis of breast cancer
October 14, 2016 -- Breast cancer patients often face the additional risk of distant metastases, and the best way to find the presence of those abnormalities in the liver and bone is with PET/MRI, according to a study published in the October issue of Radiology.
ASTRO: PET predicts outcomes in vulvar cancer patients
September 30, 2016 -- PET scans performed three months after chemoradiation treatment for vulvar cancer can be valuable for predicting overall likelihood of survival as well as the risk of local and distant disease recurrence, according to a study presented on Monday at the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) meeting in Boston.
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.