PET scans show early link between heart disease, brain function
February 16, 2021 -- PET scans demonstrate that middle-aged individuals with early signs of cardiovascular disease also have reduced brain metabolism, according to researchers from Spain. The findings indicate that the early stages of Alzheimer's disease could begin years before dementia occurs. Read More
SmartBreast buys molecular breast imaging business from GE
February 8, 2021 -- Breast cancer screening firm SmartBreast has acquired assets related to the Discovery NM750b molecular breast imaging (MBI) business of GE Healthcare, including scanner designs, patents, and service contracts for GE's MBI installed base. Read More
SPECT spots differences in dementia subtype, Alzheimer's
February 8, 2021 -- A study 20 years in the making reveals that SPECT combined with the radioactive compound iodine-123 FP-CIT distinguishes dementia with Lewy bodies from Alzheimer's disease. Dementia with Lewy bodies is what is believed to have led to actor Robin Williams' suicide. Read More
Nano-MRI outduels PSMA-PET/CT for prostate cancer
February 5, 2021 -- Clinicians looking to accurately classify suspicious lymph nodes in prostate cancer patients could have another effective noninvasive option with a unique contrast-enhanced MR imaging technique, according to a study published online January 30 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Read More
How higher radiation stacks up when treating lung cancer
February 1, 2021 -- Two studies presented at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer world conference look at the use of higher radiation boost doses for lung cancer. Read More
Study suggests extending Cu-64 tracer window to 3 hours
January 25, 2021 -- For patients with neuroendocrine neoplasms, the imaging time window of copper-64 (Cu-64) DOTATATE PET/CT can be extended from one hour to three hours after injection, according to new research. Read More
PET identifies tau's origin in Alzheimer's disease
January 21, 2021 -- An automated PET image analysis method can track the development of tau protein clumps in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease, revealing an important clue in how the devastating disease could potentially be treated, according to research published online January 20 in Science Translational Medicine. Read More
SNMMI urges fast-track review of Technegas for V/Q scans
January 21, 2021 -- The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) has sent a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to begin a fast-track review of the Technegas agent for nuclear medicine ventilation/perfusion (V/Q) lung scans. Read More
PET shows aerobic exercise has little effect on amyloid
January 20, 2021 -- While aerobic exercise is good for the cardiovascular system, PET images show a weekly regimen of this activity does nothing to change the status of beta-amyloid buildup in older adults with elevated levels of the marker for Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published online January 14 in PLOS One. Read More
Report charts 80% drop in cardiac SPECT during COVID-19
January 15, 2021 -- A hospital in Alabama saw an 80% drop in the volume of SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging studies during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in spring 2020 as patients postponed nonessential procedures. Read More