UAE steps up campaign on dose awareness
September 22, 2016 -- Moves to limit medical radiation exposure are intensifying in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and safety issues and education now are high on the agenda of healthcare professionals. Every effort must be made to reduce exposure and boost risk awareness, according to key participants at next month's summit in the region.
PET/MRI offers 'powerful' option for unknown primary cancer
September 20, 2016 -- PET/MRI is just as proficient as PET/CT in detecting primary cancer and metastases from an unknown primary tumor, making PET/MRI a "powerful alternative" with significantly less exposure of patients to ionizing radiation, according to a German study in the European Journal of Radiology.
CMR, scintigraphy do more to prevent unnecessary angiography
September 19, 2016 -- When physicians craft treatment plans for patients with suspected angina based on cardiovascular MRI (CMR) and SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging results, the chance of unnecessary angiographies is much less than if care is based on tried-and-tested guidelines, according to U.K. researchers.
CCTA plus SPECT offer solid long-term prognosis
September 8, 2016 -- Patients with positive findings on both coronary CT angiography (CCTA) and SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging are at high risk of cardiac events, while negative results on both exams confer an excellent long-term prognosis, according to researchers from Switzerland.
Why we need to move away from taking pictures
September 6, 2016 -- "A picture is worth a thousand words." While that's true for everyday snapshots depicting a friend's smile or landscapes, simple picture taking is no option for medicine. Guest columnists from Austria explain why medical diagnosis cannot rest on a single picture.
OCT identifies heart patients who can forgo stenting
September 2, 2016 -- As many as one-fourth of heart attack patients who would normally have a stent implanted can forgo the procedure in favor of conservative management based on the results of optical coherence tomography (OCT), concluded U.S. researchers in a presentation at the European Society of Cardiology congress (ESC 2016) in Rome.
PET/MRI's future tied to cost, scan time, key applications
September 1, 2016 -- Buoyed by its perceived superiority over PET/CT, early adopters of PET/MRI believe the hybrid modality could be used more often in routine clinical applications within the next five years. However, this trajectory could hit a speed bump.
A clinical take on whole-body dynamic PET
August 26, 2016 -- A U.S.-Swiss research team has developed a promising method for whole-body dynamic PET. Their dynamic PET parametric imaging framework may be of value for commercial PET systems of limited axial field-of-view that are now established in the clinic.
IBA Molecular to buy Mallinckrodt's nuclear medicine business
August 24, 2016 -- Radiopharmacy vendor IBA Molecular has signed an agreement to acquire Mallinckrodt's nuclear imaging business in a deal valued at $690 million.
Medical physics: Future directions and current status
July 29, 2016 -- Where is medical physics now, and where might it be in 60 years' time? And what have been the key moments in the evolution of medical physics? These questions were addressed in a symposium at London's Imperial College.