Physicists want ban on radioactive alternative medicine pendants
June 7, 2021 -- A group of Malaysian physicists are recommending a ban on so-called "scalar energy" pendants after finding that the alternative medicine trinkets are actually embedded with radioactive isotopes, according to a study published June 1 in Plos One. Read More
Choline-PET/CT offers best imaging for hyperparathyroidism
June 3, 2021 -- Choline-PET/CT should be the imaging tool of choice for localization of primary hyperparathyroidism in patients prior to surgery, according to research published June 3 in JAMA Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery. Read More
'Early frame' PET may reduce cost and burden in Alzheimer's disease
June 2, 2021 -- PET imaging of patients to detect Alzheimer's disease may be effective in minutes rather than hours after they are injected with a radiotracer, according to research published May 28 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The finding suggests "early frame" PET may reduce imaging costs and burden on patients and their families. Read More
Lantheus gets FDA nod for Pylarify PET agent for prostate cancer
May 27, 2021 -- Lantheus Medical Imaging has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Pylarify (F-18 DCFPyL), a PET radiopharmaceutical designed to target prostate-specific membrane antigen. Read More
PET/MRI advances efforts for virtual biopsy in breast cancer
May 26, 2021 -- FDG-PET/MRI combined with ultrasound could reduce the need for invasive biopsy to confirm suspicious findings in women with newly diagnosed metastatic breast cancer, according to a study by German researchers published May 20 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Read More
PET imaging shows how COVID vaccines confound cancer detection
May 24, 2021 -- PET imaging showed abnormal radiotracer uptake in the lymph nodes of cancer patients after they received COVID-19 vaccinations in a new study published May 20 in the American Journal of Roentgenology. The finding suggests the phenomenon may confound image interpretation and lead to unnecessary biopsies. Read More
PET promises new approaches in detecting atherosclerosis
May 13, 2021 -- PET imaging has moved to the forefront of molecular imaging of atherosclerosis, according to a study published May 7 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The researchers examined the new radiotracers that are available and described their pros and cons. Read More
PET/CT detects major depression in cancer patients
May 10, 2021 -- FDG-PET/CT scans can help detect major depression in cancer patients, according to research published May 6 in PLOS One. The finding suggests PET/CT images could serve double duty by helping screen for major depression in cancer patients. Read More
Carbon-11 PET tracer appears safe for colon cancer detection
May 6, 2021 -- PET imaging with a carbon-11 glutamine radiotracer appears to be a safe and effective method for detecting metastatic colorectal cancer, according to a first-in-human study of the radiotracer published April 30 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Read More
Women and minorities underrepresented in nuclear medicine
April 29, 2021 -- Women and members of racial and ethnic groups are significantly underrepresented in nuclear medicine (NM) in the U.S., according to research published April 25 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Read More