Total-body PET scanner targets pediatric patients
August 11, 2017 -- A high-resolution total-body PET scanner, which will be the first of its kind in Europe, is being developed in Belgium. The machine -- dubbed PET20.0 -- will be completed by 2020, and will offer higher resolution scanning suitable for children.  Discuss
Dynamic PET tracks early treatment response
July 31, 2017 -- For head-and-neck cancer patients, dynamic PET can provide detailed characterization of the tumor microenvironment and a more accurate assessment of response, and also may be useful for cancers exhibiting a wide range of distribution volumes.  Discuss
PET is center of attention at U.K. Alzheimer's conference
July 19, 2017 -- While PET can accurately detect or exclude Alzheimer's disease by imaging beta-amyloid plaques in the brain, the modality is underutilized in clinical care, according to research presented this week at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in London.  Discuss
Radiotherapy boost based on PET not always helpful
July 13, 2017 -- Selectively increasing radiotherapy dose in tumor areas with significant uptake of the PET radiotracer F-18 fluoromisonidazole (FMISO) does not necessarily improve outcomes for non-small cell lung cancer patients, according to a phase II study published in the July issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Why Brexit may cause severe radioisotope shortages
July 12, 2017 -- Deep concerns are emerging among imaging and oncology specialists that Brexit and the U.K.'s subsequent withdrawal from the European Atomic Energy Community treaty will have a huge impact on nuclear medicine services. Unless issues are resolved soon, cancer patients will suffer, they say.  Discuss
DOPA-PET can alter brain tumor therapy decisions
July 11, 2017 -- The use of the radiopharmaceutical fluorine-18 dihydroxyphenylalanine (F-18 DOPA) with PET imaging can lead to beneficial changes in management plans for patients with brain tumors, according to a study presented by French researchers at the recent Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging meeting.  Discuss
Motion compensation improves cardiac PET
July 3, 2017 -- Cardiac PET is used to measure tissue viability, myocardial perfusion, and functional parameters such as ejection fraction (EF). The EF provides valuable information for patients with heart disease. Now, researchers have developed a method to compensate for respiratory motion.  Discuss
Yves Menu gets set to ride high at European Radiology
June 26, 2017 -- The European Society of Radiology this week unveiled Dr. Yves Menu as the new editor in chief of its journal European Radiology. He will take over from Dr. Maximilian Reiser later this year and serve a three-year term.  Discuss
Hybrid multiplexing simplifies SiPM-based PET
June 26, 2017 -- A hybrid multiplexing technique can help to facilitate an improved PET scanner based on silicon photomultipliers (SiPMs), according to researchers. Now they plan to begin work to incorporate the technique into an investigative, clinical-scale PET machine.
German team wins SNMMI Image of the Year award
June 19, 2017 -- The U.S. Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) on 14 June awarded its Image of the Year to German researchers who used PET/CT followed by fluorescence-guided surgery to demonstrate how dual-labeled prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) inhibitors based on PSMA-11 enhance preoperative staging of metastatic prostate cancer.  Discuss