FDA approves Blue Earth PET agent for prostate cancer
May 27, 2016 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new PET radiopharmaceutical from Blue Earth Diagnostics for detecting recurrent prostate cancer.
Correct coding and reimbursement for hepatobiliary scans
May 27, 2016 -- What are the correct coding procedures for nuclear medicine hepatobiliary scans? If you're not sure, don't worry -- Donna Richmond from Panacea Healthcare Solutions is here to help with her latest column.
FDG-PET helps accurately assess unconscious patients
May 27, 2016 -- European researchers have developed a way to use FDG-PET to measure glucose metabolism in patients with severe brain injuries to diagnose and predict when they will recover consciousness, according to a study published online on 26 May in Current Biology.
PET agent highlights tau's link to Alzheimer's disease
May 12, 2016 -- With the help of a new PET imaging agent, researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have shown how tau protein deposits in the brain are better indicators of a person's likely progression to Alzheimer's disease than beta amyloid, according to a study published May 11 in Science Translational Medicine.
Cardiac MRI beats SPECT for predicting heart events
May 10, 2016 -- Cardiovascular MRI is a better prognosticator of risk for serious cardiovascular events than SPECT, regardless of a person's risk factors, angiography results, or initial treatment, according to a study published online in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
Inappropriate MPI scans increase cancer risk among women
May 6, 2016 -- The inappropriate use of SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in women can increase their risk of cancer from radiation compared to men, according to a study published online April 21 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Inappropriate SPECT MPI scans more common in women
April 28, 2016 -- Women are more likely than men to have an inappropriate SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) scan, partly due to atypical symptoms, which may overestimate the true health risk to the female patient.
SPECT finds low cerebral blood flow in NFL players
April 26, 2016 -- SPECT imaging shows abnormally low blood flow in the brains of current and retired National Football League (NFL) players, according to a new study to be published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.
Cardiac PET/MRI protocol reduces radiation dose
April 21, 2016 -- Researchers have developed a new cardiac PET/MRI protocol with sodium fluoride that significantly reduces radiation dose and artifacts, enhancing the view of disease activity in coronary arteries.
PET obviates toxic chemo for some Hodgkin's patients
April 12, 2016 -- By using FDG-PET to guide chemotherapy, oncologists can significantly increase the number of patients who go into remission and decrease the use of more toxic forms of chemotherapy in those with advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma, according to a study published online April 11 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.