Healthcare disparities persist as COVID-19 pandemic fades
June 16, 2021 -- Dr. Sampson Davis, an emergency medicine physician and New York Times bestselling author, spoke at the SNMMI 2021 virtual annual meeting about his life growing up, attending medical school, and being on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also called others to action in the fight against racial injustice. Read More
SNMMI's Image of the Year shows COVID-19's long-term neuro effects
June 16, 2021 -- A series of FDG-PET images of COVID-19 patients that shows how the disease causes long-term neurological changes associated with cognitive impairment was given Image of the Year honors at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) meeting. Read More
AI can automatically quantify atherosclerosis on CCTA
June 16, 2021 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) application can rapidly and accurately quantify stenosis on coronary CT angiography (CCTA) exams, according to a multinational study published online June 12 in the Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. Read More
FDG-PET shows lipophilic statin users at higher risk of dementia
June 15, 2021 -- FDG-PET scans showed patients taking lipophilic statins may have more than double the risk of converting to dementia over eight years of follow-up compared with non-statin users, according to a presentation on June 14 at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging meeting. Read More
Swollen lymph nodes after vaccination? Fear not
June 15, 2021 -- Swollen lymph nodes developed in breast imaging patients in Israel shortly after they received COVID-19 vaccines, but that may not be reason to worry, according to research published June 10 in Academic Radiology. Read More
High BPE on breast MRI linked to BRCA mutation for breast cancer
June 15, 2021 -- Background parenchymal enhancement (BPE) on breast MRI has already been linked to breast cancer risk in women undergoing mammograms. Now, a new study has found a connection between BPE and genetic mutations that are indicators of higher breast cancer risk. Read More
Animal study suggests Ga-68 PET FAPI can detect lung fibrosis
June 14, 2021 -- PET imaging with a gallium-68 (Ga-68)-labeled fibroblast activation protein inhibitor (FAPI) shows promise as an effective way to identify and monitor pulmonary fibrosis, according to animal study findings presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging meeting. Read More
Why x-ray is vanishing from urgent care centers
June 14, 2021 -- The rise of "limited-scope" urgent care centers that do not provide x-ray and aren't staffed with radiologic technologists presents a problem for the urgent care industry, according to Alan Ayers. Read More
AI algorithm produces autosegmented contours for radiotherapy
June 14, 2021 -- Automatically segmented contours generated on CT scans by a deep-learning algorithm can yield positive results when utilized clinically in radiotherapy planning, according to research published online June 8 in Radiation Oncology. Read More
Researchers develop super-resolution brain PET
June 14, 2021 -- Researchers have developed a new PET imaging system that significantly increases spatial resolution and could lead to improved detection of pathology associated with Alzheimer's disease, according to a study presented June 13 at the annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. Read More