U.S. team finds favor with new PEM unit
August 7, 2015 -- A positron emission mammography (PEM) unit developed in Spain offers key advantages for breast imaging, according to a U.S. team that has been testing it. The unit offers better resolution than whole-body PET, and it may prove more useful than molecular breast imaging using technetium-99m sestamibi.
Women in medical physics: The current status
July 30, 2015 -- How well represented are women in the worldwide workforce of medical physicists? The IUPESM World Congress, held last month in Toronto incorporated five main congress themes, one of which was "Women in Biomedical Engineering and Medical Physics."
Guerbet bids to buy Mallinckrodt's contrast business
July 27, 2015 -- French contrast agent developer Guerbet plans to acquire the contrast media and injector business of U.S. firm Mallinckrodt. The 243.5 million euro deal will double Guerbet's annual revenues, expand its product line, and instantly make the company a major player in the U.S. contrast market.
Design changes transform potential of PET detectors
July 9, 2015 -- Two novel PET detector designs offer a significantly improved coincidence time resolution and may help better localize tumors within patients, report researchers from the Fondazione Bruno Kessler in Trento, Italy, and the Swiss-based European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN.
Florbetaben-PET finds more beta-amyloid plaques
June 25, 2015 -- New research indicates that PET imaging with the radiotracer florbetaben can detect a form of beta-amyloid plaque that develops early in the brain. The findings could possibly lead to the earlier detection of Alzheimer's disease, as well as new clinical indications for florbetaben.
SNMMI: FDG-PET/CT predicts ovarian cancer survival
June 11, 2015 -- BALTIMORE - FDG-PET/CT scans can help predict disease progression and overall survival of ovarian cancer patients for as long as several years after treatment, according to a German presentation made on 9 June at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.
SNMMI: Germans scoop Image of the Year award
June 9, 2015 -- BALTIMORE - German research using a PET radiotracer for prostate cancer that can be labeled with different radioisotopes for diagnostic or therapeutic use won the Image of the Year prize at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) annual meeting.
Analysis finds variance in uptake of amyloid PET tracers
May 28, 2015 -- PET scans can detect varying levels of amyloid in the brain that change with age and the presence of a genotype linked to Alzheimer's disease, according to a Dutch study in the May Journal of the American Medical Association. The findings may enable clinicians to better tailor which patients receive the scans.
Patient cooperation key to respiratory-gated PET/CT
May 21, 2015 -- The combination of standard PET/CT with respiratory-gated PET/CT can significantly improve the diagnosis of small colorectal liver metastases, but patient cooperation is a must for a successful scan, according to a Norwegian study published online on 14 May in the European Journal of Radiology.
IAEA aims to set global standard for nuclear medicine
May 5, 2015 -- A goal of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is to advise on medical guidelines, train health workers, and aid developing nations in acquiring modern imaging and treatment technologies. In an exclusive interview, Colombian-born Dr. Diana Paez explains more about the agency's work.