Are amyloid PET scans ready for the clinical setting?
June 15, 2018 -- The use of PET scans to confirm the presence of dementia-inducing amyloid plaque in the brain may be ready for routine clinical use, based on a prospective study published online June 11 in JAMA Neurology. Researchers found that both positive and negative results influenced the diagnosis and treatment of patients with and without dementia.  Discuss
CMS again declines coverage for NaF-PET scans
June 7, 2018 -- Despite numerous studies and years of research into the benefits of PET imaging with sodium fluoride (NaF) for cancer patients with bone metastases, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has again rejected reimbursement coverage.  Discuss
Novel PET tracer shows promise for neuroendocrine tumors
June 7, 2018 -- The ability to detect cancerous gastrointestinal and pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors soon might get a boost from a radiolabeled PET tracer that is better able to bind to tumors, according to a study published in the June issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
PET directs esophageal cancer treatment for better outcomes
June 5, 2018 -- By using PET scans to assess the efficacy of chemotherapy for esophageal cancer early in the course of treatment, clinicians can change their treatment strategy if necessary and greatly improve patient outcomes, according to a presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Chicago.  Discuss
PET tracer may aid diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease
June 4, 2018 -- Researchers have used a new PET tracer to identify areas of inflammation in the colon in mice. The technique could eventually be able to improve the visualization and diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease in humans, according to an article published in the June issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Immuno-PET tracer offers hope for early cancer treatment
May 17, 2018 -- Researchers are developing a PET radiotracer designed to adhere to and illuminate immune cells in cancer patients. They believe it could offer an earlier look at treatment response compared with tracers such as FDG that focus on cancer cells, according to a study published May 14 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation.  Discuss
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
Special Feature
Men greatly outnumber women in academic nuclear medicine

The under-representation of women in academic diagnostic radiology has had a ripple effect in nuclear medicine, where men outnumber women by almost 6-to-1 in professorial and leadership positions in the U.S. and Canada. Read more

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