PET imaging shows that depression alters the brain
February 27, 2018 -- PET imaging results show that long-term depression alters the brain and suggest that different stages of the illness may need different therapies, according to a study published February 26 in Lancet Psychiatry.  Discuss
CCTA usage rate rises sharply, but still eclipsed by MPI
February 23, 2018 -- The use of coronary CT angiography (CCTA) to evaluate chest pain in the emergency department has grown exponentially, but clinicians are still using myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) far more frequently, according to research published online February 15 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
FDA, NRC clear path for U.S. supply of molybdenum-99
February 8, 2018 -- A U.S.-based supply of molybdenum-99 is finally at hand: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes' RadioGenix isotope separation system, and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) will license the system's production of technetium-99m for medical use.
Study tracks radiation dose to NM technologists
February 8, 2018 -- A new study published February 1 in Radiology on occupational radiation exposure for nuclear medicine (NM) technologists is serving up some intriguing findings. While radiation exposure is generally low and within established guidelines, it has been rising in recent years as the field adopts more powerful imaging technologies.  Discuss
Flortaucipir-PET could lead in early Alzheimer's detection
February 6, 2018 -- PET scans with the novel radiotracer flortaucipir may provide more valuable information in the early detection of neurodegeneration associated with Alzheimer's disease than MRI, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
PSMA-PET/CT helps spot early prostate cancer recurrence
February 2, 2018 -- PET/CT imaging with gallium-68 prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA-11) could help in the early detection and treatment of recurrent prostate cancer after a patient undergoes radical prostatectomy, according to a study in the February issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss