PET/CT helps assess at-risk coronary patients
March 18, 2019 -- Using PET/CT scans to determine the presence or absence of coronary artery calcium in patients with chest pain can help determine which individuals have the greatest need for quick remedial action and an increased risk of a future major adverse cardiovascular event, according to a study presented March 16 at the American College of Cardiology 2019 meeting in New Orleans.
2 new PET tracers may best FDG in cancer imaging
March 14, 2019 -- Cancer detection could receive a boost from two new radiotracers that have achieved substantially shorter image acquisition times than FDG-PET scans and required no fasting or dietary changes, according to a proof-of-concept study published in the March issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Can radiation therapy and cremation safely coexist?
March 14, 2019 -- An increasing number of cancer patients are undergoing advanced radiation therapy procedures such as radionuclide treatment. Yet more individuals are choosing cremation over burial -- leading some to wonder if the two trends are incompatible. They're not, according to a March 12 online presentation by representatives from Image Wisely.  Discuss
Later PET/CT follow-up helps for oropharyngeal cancer
March 11, 2019 -- Using PET/CT for follow-up at a later interval than what's recommended by existing guidelines can potentially adjust the management of patients who have been treated for oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma, according to a study published online March 5 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
FDG-PET/CT aids in melanoma treatment assessment
March 7, 2019 -- Researchers have developed a new FDG-PET/CT-based approach to better monitor the efficacy of immunotherapy for patients with metastatic melanoma, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Video from ECR 2019: Thomas Beyer on going hybrid
March 1, 2019 -- VIENNA - How is hybrid imaging faring across Europe, and are ongoing turf battles between radiology and nuclear medicine getting resolved? We asked Thomas Beyer, PhD, MBA, to reflect on these issues and his first year as president of the European Society for Hybrid, Molecular and Translation Imaging (ESHIMT), as well as the next 12 months ahead.  Discuss
Ga-68 PSMA-11 PET/MRI improves prostate cancer detection
March 1, 2019 -- VIENNA - PET/MRI with the radiopharmaceutical gallium-68 (Ga-68) prostate-specific membrane antigen-11 (PSMA-11) could become a valuable tool in image-guided biopsy and for detecting significant prostate cancer, researchers reported on Wednesday at ECR 2019.  Discuss
Can mobile phones affect gamma camera performance?
February 27, 2019 -- Mobile phones can sometimes be a nuisance in daily life, but in a nuclear medicine suite, electromagnetic interference emitted by phones could even adversely affect the performance of gamma cameras, according to a study published in the March issue of the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences.  Discuss
Be aware of artifacts to improve hybrid imaging outcomes
February 27, 2019 -- Awareness of possible artifacts and pitfalls in hybrid imaging is the first step in dealing with them, ECR 2019 delegates learned in a session during the opening day of the congress. The presenters also discussed new types of problems and challenges that may occur with the clinical application of novel specific tracers.  Discuss
Radiotracer contaminates crematorium after patient dies
February 26, 2019 -- Radiation from a radiopharmaceutical used to treat a patient who later died contaminated equipment at an Arizona crematorium in 2017, according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss