C-11-based PET tracer could benefit arthritis patients
July 12, 2018 -- Carbon-11 (C-11) PET that targets translocator protein expression in the joint lining tissue of the knee may be a better way to determine the extent of rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
PET finds why some dementia patients live longer
July 10, 2018 -- A follow-up study by German researchers has pinpointed the presence of frontotemporal lobar degeneration as the determining factor to explain why Alzheimer's patients with amyloid-positive PET scans can outlive patients with negative amyloid results.  Discuss
Cardiac hybrid imaging predicts adverse cardiac events
July 6, 2018 -- A cardiac hybrid imaging technique that fuses SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging with coronary CT angiography scans can help predict major adverse cardiac events in patients suspected of having coronary artery disease, according to a study published online on 3 July in Radiology.  Discuss
Australian reactor woes worry nuclear medicine
July 6, 2018 -- The shutdown of shipments from a nuclear reactor in Australia that is a key part of the global supply network for the radioisotope molybdenum-99 is causing consternation in the nuclear medicine community, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.  Discuss
Simulated PET scans verify proton therapy delivery
July 5, 2018 -- Researchers have moved closer to the real-time verification of hadron therapy, demonstrating the in vivo accuracy of simulations that predict particle range in the patient. The new Monte Carlo tool is a key component of a system that measures particle range during treatment and compares it with the predictions.  Discuss
Are amyloid PET scans ready for the clinical setting?
June 21, 2018 -- The use of PET scans to confirm the presence of dementia-inducing amyloid plaque in the brain may be ready for routine clinical use, based on a prospective study published online June 11 in JAMA Neurology. Researchers found that both positive and negative results influenced the diagnosis and treatment of patients with and without dementia.  Discuss
TOF-PET/MRI allows lower FDG dose for breast cases
June 18, 2018 -- Clinicians can reduce a standard dose of FDG by as much as 90% and still achieve clinically acceptable PET image quality in time-of-flight (TOF) PET/MRI scans for breast cancer, according to a Swiss study published online on 7 June in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Health warning: Experts spell out Brexit risks
May 24, 2018 -- BRUSSELS - Brexit could be devastating for the nuclear medicine sector, disrupting the free flow of radioisotopes and movement of medical imaging staff between the U.K. and the rest of the European Union, medical experts and politicians warned in Brussels on 23 May.  Discuss
Demand soars for coordinated hybrid imaging training
May 15, 2018 -- Aspiring radiologists and nuclear medicine clinicians are seeking more training opportunities in hybrid imaging, which could lead to certification in the field, according to the results of a largely European survey published online on 26 April in Cancer Research.  Discuss
Fluciclovine-PET, MRI better together for prostate cancer
May 14, 2018 -- Combining fluciclovine-PET and multiparametric MRI potentially can better detect and classify high-risk prostate cancer than the two modalities alone, according to a Norwegian study published in the May issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss