Proposal would dissolve ABNM, fold functions into ABR
June 25, 2015 -- In the face of an increasingly difficult job market for nuclear medicine physicians, a proposal has been floated to dissolve the American Board of Nuclear Medicine (ABNM) and fold its functions into the American Board of Radiology (ABR). The combined organization would oversee a new, broader certification for imaging specialists.
Florbetaben-PET finds more beta-amyloid plaques
June 22, 2015 -- New research indicates that PET imaging with the radiotracer florbetaben can detect a form of beta-amyloid plaque that develops early in the brain. The findings could possibly lead to the earlier detection of Alzheimer's disease, as well as new clinical indications for florbetaben.
OCT tool offers fast intraoperative brain tumor imaging
June 19, 2015 -- A new brain tumor imaging technique based on optical coherence tomography (OTC) may offers surgeons a highly accurate way to visualize -- and ultimately resect -- malignant tumors during surgery, according to a report from Johns Hopkins University.
Annals: Few differences in CCTA vs. SPECT MPI
June 11, 2015 -- A study comparing coronary CT angiography (CCTA) with SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in chest pain patients found that CT's radiation dose was lower and that it yielded fewer unpleasant experiences among patients, according to results published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.
SNMMI: FDG-PET/CT predicts ovarian cancer survival
June 10, 2015 -- BALTIMORE - FDG-PET/CT scans can help predict disease progression and overall survival of ovarian cancer patients for as long as several years after treatment, according to a Tuesday presentation at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.
SNMMI: FDOPA-PET/MRI monitors pediatric brain tumors
June 9, 2015 -- BALTIMORE - Clinicians may soon be able to add PET/MRI with F-18 fluorodopa (FDOPA) to their imaging arsenal to evaluate the efficacy of the angiogenesis inhibitor bevacizumab for pediatric brain tumors, according to a study presented on Monday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.
SNMMI: Amyloid PET clarifies Alzheimer's FDG-PET scans
June 9, 2015 -- BALTIMORE - Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles are adding to the evidence that amyloid PET imaging can be a valuable resource for diagnosing and treating Alzheimer's disease. They presented their findings on Monday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.
SNMMI: PET prostate image lands Image of the Year honors
June 8, 2015 -- BALTIMORE - A PET radiotracer for prostate cancer that can be labeled with different radioisotopes for both diagnostic and therapeutic use won Image of the Year honors at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.
SNMMI: PET/CT predicts survival in head and neck cancer
June 8, 2015 -- BALTIMORE - FDG-PET and FDG-PET/CT do a good job in predicting the chances of recurrence and survival for patients with head and neck cancer within two years of completing chemotherapy treatment, according to a study presented on Sunday at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.
MBI is cost-effective adjunct for imaging dense breasts
June 1, 2015 -- Adding molecular breast imaging (MBI) to screening mammography in women with dense breast tissue may increase overall costs and the rate of benign biopsies, but because the combination finds more cancer, the cost per cancer detected is lower than with mammography alone, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.