CCTA plus stress CT MPI boosts diagnosis of high-risk patients April 21, 2014 -- Combining coronary CT angiography (CCTA) and stress CT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) improves the evaluation of coronary artery stenosis in high-risk patients, reducing the number of false positives and potentially the number of unnecessary interventions, according to new research from the Medical University of South Carolina.
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PET shows vegetative patients' chance for recovery April 16, 2014 -- Belgian researchers have found that FDG-PET scans are more useful than functional MRI in identifying which severely brain damaged individuals in vegetative states have the potential to recover consciousness.
PET/CT details hint at survival of head and neck cancer patients April 15, 2014 -- Japanese researchers have found that several PET/CT parameters -- in particular, a ring-shaped area of FDG uptake -- are reliable predictors of survival for patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Results of their study were published in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
Cautious optimism as nuclear medicine residents reflect on jobs April 3, 2014 -- For part 2 of our series on the job market for nuclear medicine residents, AuntMinnie.com spoke with residents and educators about job prospects in the discipline. While all agreed that things seem dire now, most believe that nuclear medicine residents can make themselves more marketable and should be optimistic about the future.
PiB-PET shows link between arterial stiffness and beta amyloid April 1, 2014 -- PET scans with Pittsburgh Compound B (PiB) showed a dramatic increase in brain beta-amyloid deposits in older adults with no signs of dementia, and there was also a strong association between arterial stiffness and beta amyloid, according to a study published online March 31 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Nuclear medicine residents see 'dismal' job market March 27, 2014 -- The job market is not what one would call robust for would-be nuclear medicine residents, and their limitations in reading hybrid images is just one reason why, according to a new survey published in the March issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
JAMA: Nuclear MPI use in Kaiser system falls dramatically March 25, 2014 -- The use of nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) dropped by half from 2006 to 2011 within a Kaiser Permanente healthcare system in California, but researchers can't quite point to specific reasons for the decline, according to a study published in the March 26 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
CT perfusion useful for evaluating small esophageal tumors March 19, 2014 -- CT perfusion can be used to evaluate esophageal cancers with small tumor diameters that are not amenable to assessment with PET/CT, according to a new study by Turkish researchers presented at ECR 2014 earlier this month.
NOPR: NaF-PET can change prostate cancer treatment plans March 17, 2014 -- PET imaging with sodium fluoride (NaF) changed treatment in more than half of men with prostate cancer and could prove to be a better tool than bone scintigraphy, according to an analysis from the National Oncologic PET Registry (NOPR) published online February 27 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.