Bone scan software predicts prostate cancer survival
May 17, 2018 -- Researchers using automated software to assess bone scintigraphy scans of patients with metastatic prostate cancer found that the algorithm helped them predict which patients were more likely to survive, compared with manual methods of interpreting the scans, according to a May 17 paper in JAMA Oncology.  Discuss
PET with novel tracers foretells early Alzheimer's risk
May 15, 2018 -- Researchers are making strides toward discovering which individuals have an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease thanks to two novel PET radiotracers that show increased uptake in key regions of the brain, according to two studies published online May 14 in JAMA Neurology.  Discuss
Novel PET tracer could help assess arthritis
May 7, 2018 -- Researchers from South Korea have developed a novel PET tracer that can be used to visualize joint inflammation in mice and potentially could provide an early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis in humans, according to a preclinical study in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Theranostic approach could aid pancreatic cancer patients
May 3, 2018 -- German researchers obtained positive results with a novel diagnostic and therapeutic (theranostic) approach for ductal pancreatic adenocarcinoma used with SPECT/CT, scintigraphy, and PET/CT. Their findings were published in the May issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
PiB-PET study strengthens link between amyloid, dementia
April 30, 2018 -- The presence of amyloid on PET scans may be a sign that adults with no symptoms of dementia are still at risk of mild cognitive impairment or even Alzheimer's disease in the future as they age, according to a study published online April 30 in JAMA Neurology.  Discuss
Can nuclear medicine avoid another Mo-99 shortage?
April 27, 2018 -- Major changes are taking place in the intricate network that supplies healthcare providers around the world with molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), a key radioisotope for nuclear medicine studies. The question is, can the nuclear medicine community avoid another devastating shutdown like the one that occurred in 2009?  Discuss
Sonographers exposed to radiation from MPI patients
April 17, 2018 -- A new study found that sonographers who performed cardiac ultrasound studies on patients who received nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) scans were exposed to residual radiation from the patients. While the radiation levels were low, the researchers advised that sonographers modify their scanning techniques.  Discuss
New Alzheimer's definition relies on imaging biomarkers
April 17, 2018 -- New research guidelines for classifying whether individuals have Alzheimer's disease rely heavily on the use of biomarkers from imaging scans. The new framework was published in the April issue of Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association.  Discuss
PET tracer may predict depression treatment success
April 9, 2018 -- A new PET tracer designed to target a certain protein in the amygdala is showing promise for determining the efficacy of treatment for major depressive disorder, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Bracco hits Jubilant with patent complaint on rubidium PET
April 6, 2018 -- Contrast developer Bracco Diagnostics has filed a complaint against radiopharmaceutical firm Jubilant DraxImage and two of its affiliates for alleged patent infringement regarding rubidium-based radiopharmaceuticals for cardiac PET studies.  Discuss