SNMMI letter urges FDA to ease shortage of gallium-68
August 15, 2018 -- The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) has written a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging it to take steps to ease the shortage of the radioisotope gallium-68 for use in PET to diagnose neuroendocrine tumors.  Discuss
Nuclear medicine duties not always shared equally
August 14, 2018 -- What's in a name? Apparently a lot when it comes to nuclear medicine. Physicians who identify themselves as nuclear medicine specialists devote at least 90% of their time to nuclear medicine duties, while most who call themselves nuclear radiologists or nuclear cardiologists devote 10% or less, according to a study published online August 7 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Prescan tutorial eases patient concerns about PET/CT
August 13, 2018 -- Giving patients knowledge of what to expect from an upcoming FDG-PET/CT scan can go a long way toward helping them to relax and improving their experience, according to a study published online August 3 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology.  Discuss
Australian reactor to resume Mo-99 shipments this week
August 8, 2018 -- Shipments of the key radioisotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) should begin again this week from an Australian nuclear reactor after a shutdown that began in June, according to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization.  Discuss
FES-PET enhances treatment for metastatic breast cancer
August 7, 2018 -- By identifying differences in estrogen receptor expression through PET imaging with the tracer F-18 fluoroestradiol (FES), clinicians can better direct treatment for patients with metastatic breast cancer, according to a Dutch study published in the August issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Strongly worded PET/CT reports influence follow-up
August 6, 2018 -- When radiologists use strong, specific follow-up recommendations in FDG-PET/CT reports, referring physicians are more likely to follow their advice -- and find cancers, according to a Dutch study published online July 29 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Drug shortage puts PET, SPECT stress to the test
August 3, 2018 -- Nuclear medicine facilities are again relying on their improvisational skills to deal with a shortage in their daily practices. This time it's the drug aminophylline, a key component of pharmacological PET and SPECT stress tests.  Discuss
FLT-PET points toward survival for glioblastoma patients
July 26, 2018 -- PET scans with the radiotracer F-18 fluorothymidine (FLT) can help determine which glioblastoma patients have the best chance for longer survival, according to a study published online on July 21 in the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.  Discuss
Australian agency orders review of Mo-99 procedures
July 20, 2018 -- An Australian government agency has ordered a review of radiation safety procedures at another federal agency in charge of running the nuclear reactor that was forced to stop shipments of the radioisotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) last month. The halt has spurred an ongoing shortage of important radiopharmaceuticals in the country.  Discuss
FDDNP-PET shows brain injury effects in military personnel
July 19, 2018 -- Researchers have found that changes in PET scans of military personnel with mild traumatic brain injury are similar to those seen in retired football players with suspected chronic traumatic encephalopathy, according to a study published online July 17 in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.  Discuss