PET/CT, of course, has a proven history in oncology, and this year at RSNA 2015 there will be more opportunities to see how PET/MRI could contribute to the detection of a variety of oncologic cancers, including gastrointestinal, skeletal, gynecological, lung, head and neck, and breast.
PET/MRI is proving more advantageous than PET/CT in many cases, given that MRI does not emit ionizing radiation as CT does.
If PET/MRI has piqued your interest enough to consider adding the hybrid modality to your facility's clinical service, RSNA and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine will host a plenary session on that topic on Thursday, December 3 (1:30 p.m. in Rroom E450A).
Paul Kinahan, PhD, the vice chair for research at the University of Washington in Seattle, and Dr. Jonathan McConathy, PhD, an assistant professor of radiology at Washington University in St. Louis, will offer their clinical perspectives on PET/MRI, while Dr. Bruce R. Rosen, PhD, a professor in radiology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, will provide research insights.
Molecular imaging and nuclear medicine poster discussions again will be a staple of the annual meeting, with two daily sessions in Room S503AB. The back-to-back, half-hour forums begin at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 29, and then start at 12:15 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
Refresher courses in molecular imaging and nuclear medicine are available throughout the week, including Friday, after many attendees have headed home from the conference.
A refresher course on Tuesday (8:30 a.m.-10:00 a.m., Room S505AB) looks at imaging of Alzheimer's disease. A presentation by Dr. Terence Wong, a diagnostic radiologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will address the use of PET for imaging Alzheimer's disease and how PET imaging tracers have taken a central role in the assessment and potential detection of the disease.
Of course, the best way to get a head start on your agenda for RSNA 2015 is by clicking here for a complete rundown on all the scheduled presentations, abstracts, posters, refresher courses, and educational forums for the entire meeting.
But, first, peruse the list of the scientific papers below with comments from the presenters on how their findings could affect your radiology practice.