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Ga-68 DOTATATE PET/CT detects neuroendocrine tumor recurrence
February 21, 2014 -- German researchers have confirmed the efficacy of PET/CT with the radiopharmaceutical gallium-68 (Ga-68) DOTATATE for detecting the recurrence of neuroendocrine tumors, in a study published in the February issue of Radiology.
ACC, others call for patient-centric heart imaging
February 18, 2014 -- Noninvasive cardiovascular imaging decisions must become more patient-centric and individualized, according to a statement from the American College of Cardiology (ACC) that was endorsed by 14 other medical societies.
BSGI is effective in women of all breast densities
February 13, 2014 -- In a clinical trial inspired by the growing breast density awareness movement, researchers from Washington, DC, found that breast-specific gamma imaging (BSGI) is effective at identifying cancer in women of all breast densities, according to a paper in the February issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
FDG-PET/MRI shows advantages with malignant bone lesions
February 7, 2014 -- Compared to PET/CT, FDG-PET/MRI with a fully integrated whole-body scanner is "technically and clinically robust" in its evaluation of bone lesions, despite differences in attenuation correction between the two hybrid modalities, according to a study in the February issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
FDG-PET predicts risk in patients with cardiac sarcoidosis
February 6, 2014 -- In a large study of patients with known or suspected cardiac sarcoidosis, researchers found that FDG-PET could identify those at higher risk of death or life-threatening arrhythmia, according to results published in the February 4 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
CAD uses MRI to differentiate brain tumors on FDG-PET
January 29, 2014 -- A computer-aided detection (CAD) algorithm that makes use of anatomic data from MRI scans can help radiologists differentiate between benign and malignant brain tumors on FDG-PET images, according to researchers from Yamaguchi University in Japan.
Software helps rads agree when reading florbetapir PET scans
January 27, 2014 -- PET with the radiotracer florbetapir (also known as Amyvid) is an exciting new tool that could help determine which individuals are at risk of developing Alzheimer's disease. But reading the scans can be a challenge, so Pennsylvania researchers enlisted a software application that helped boost reader agreement.
Start-up Brain Biosciences advances compact PET scanner
January 23, 2014 -- Start-up firm Brain Biosciences is hoping to ride the wave of interest in PET scanning for Alzheimer's and other brain diseases by commercializing CerePET, a portable PET scanner designed to offer more cost-effective neuroimaging than whole-body scanners.
Software adds diagnostic value for heart disease patients
January 21, 2014 -- Dutch researchers have developed 3D visualization software that fuses anatomical and functional data into a single image. They believe the fused images make it easier to diagnose cases of coronary artery disease, according to a paper in the January issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
PET with F-18 FDOPA differentiates brain lesions
January 9, 2014 -- PET with the radiopharmaceutical fluorine-18 fluorodopa (F-18 FDOPA) can help differentiate recurrent or progressive brain metastases from late or delayed radiation injury, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
PET/MRI offers details in acute myocardial infarction cases
December 20, 2013 -- German researchers have concluded that simultaneous PET/MRI for patients with acute myocardial infarction is feasible after finding "good concordance" in a comparison of PET and MR images. The study was presented at the RSNA 2013 meeting earlier this month.
PET/MRI matches PET/CT for patients with suspected dementia
December 5, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Simultaneous PET/MRI can produce diagnostic-quality brain scans and interpretation results that compare favorably with PET/CT in patients with clinically suspected dementia, according to a study presented on Thursday at RSNA 2013.
FDG-PET/MRI aids patients with suspected pelvic malignancy
December 4, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Evidence for the efficacy of whole-body FDG-PET/MRI continues to mount, as the hybrid modality outperformed MRI alone for staging women with suspected pelvic malignancies in a study presented at RSNA 2013 on Wednesday.
Siemens RSNA launches include Force CT scanner, angio unit
December 4, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Siemens Healthcare is launching a range of new products at this week's RSNA meeting, including the third generation of its dual-source CT architecture, a new angiography system, and a major ultrasound technology upgrade.
Germany's rising stars step into limelight at RSNA
December 4, 2013 -- CHICAGO - More than 30 of Germany's brightest researchers have grabbed the opportunity to display their talents to a global audience at RSNA 2013 in a lavish government-funded initiative.
Radioimmunotherapy shows promise for curing HIV infection
December 3, 2013 -- CHICAGO - New York researchers have found that radioimmunotherapy offers a strategy for curing human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection, according to a study highlighted on Tuesday at the RSNA 2013 meeting.
New Revolution CT scanner paces GE's RSNA introductions
December 3, 2013 -- CHICAGO - A new CT scanner called Revolution that acquires 16 cm of data per rotation is the RSNA 2013 highlight for GE Healthcare. The vendor is also showcasing women's imaging, a rebranding of its automated breast ultrasound technology, and a new angiography system with large-format digital detectors.
Philips paces RSNA launches with PET/CT, CT, US scanners
December 2, 2013 -- CHICAGO - New technologies being launched by Philips Healthcare at this week's RSNA meeting include a PET/CT scanner with new digital detectors, a CT system optimized for spectral imaging, and an ultrasound platform designed for both cardiology and radiology applications.
Allez-y! French charm offensive hits RSNA 2013
December 2, 2013 -- CHICAGO - Gallic genius, flair, and innovation came under the spotlight at the RSNA annual meeting on Monday during a celebration of France's many contributions to cancer imaging. Four experts from France spoke during the special session.
FDA warns of risks with Lexiscan, Adenoscan stress agents
November 20, 2013 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on November 20 issued a warning about a "rare but serious risk of heart attack and death" with the use of two cardiac nuclear stress test agents made by pharmaceutical developer Astellas.
PiB-PET shows more beta amyloid after traumatic brain injury
November 12, 2013 -- British researchers are using PET imaging with the Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) radiopharmaceutical to show -- for the first time -- increased beta-amyloid deposits in cortical gray matter and striatum regions following traumatic brain injury.
PET/MRI could be alternative to PET/CT for liver lesions
October 28, 2013 -- PET/MRI is more than adequate in characterizing liver lesions and provides greater lesion conspicuity than PET/CT, offering clinicians a powerful alternative for oncology imaging, according to a German study published in the November issue of the European Journal of Radiology.
FDA approves GE's Vizamyl PET radiotracer for dementia
October 25, 2013 -- U.S. physicians looking to detect early signs of Alzheimer's disease now have a second tool in their arsenal with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of Vizamyl (flutemetamol F-18 injection), a radiopharmaceutical from GE Healthcare for use with PET imaging of the brain in adults being evaluated for Alzheimer's and dementia.
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