FDG-PET/CT can direct biopsies for pediatric cancer
March 8, 2017 -- FDG-PET/CT can play a valuable role in directing image-guided biopsies of pediatric cancer patients, given its ability to detect and discern between malignant and benign regions, according to a study by a group from Saudi Arabia and Canada published in the March issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Novel PET tracer aids recurrent prostate cancer patients
March 8, 2017 -- A study in the March issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine is touting the PET radiotracer fluciclovine F-18 for its ability to guide and monitor targeted treatment for recurrent prostate cancer.
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.
Optical technique sorts malignant from benign in brain surgery
February 11, 2017 -- A new microscopy technique sorts healthy from malignant brain tumors, making surgery safer and more precise, according to the U.S. National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.
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.