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
U.K. releases DRLs for hybrid imaging
June 16, 2017 -- A new U.K.-wide survey of radiation dose administered in a broad range of PET/CT and SPECT/CT imaging procedures has resulted in diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) for six common examinations, including cardiac and bone SPECT/CT.  Discuss
SNMMI: FET-PET could have answers for brainstem glioma
June 14, 2017 -- Researchers in Switzerland are setting their sights on fluoroethyl-tyrosine (FET) PET imaging as the best way to assess adult brainstem glioma and gauge patients' chances for progression-free survival. Study results were presented on 11 June at the U.S. Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging annual meeting in Denver, Colorado.  Discuss
Munich team develops handheld scanner
June 13, 2017 -- A handheld optoacoustic scanner enables imaging of skin layers and blood vessels in patients with psoriasis. Developed by researchers from Helmholtz Zentrum München and the Technical University of Munich, the device uses raster scan optoacoustic mesoscopy to provide relevant clinical information, without requiring contrast agents or radiation exposure.  Discuss
PET/optical combo can guide breast-conserving surgery
June 12, 2017 -- Researchers are reporting early success in the combination of optical and molecular imaging to view FDG-PET images that detect early-stage breast cancer. The technique can assess tumor margins during breast tumor surgery by detecting light emitted from an FDG-PET radiopharmaceutical.  Discuss
SPECT/CT advances routine oral cancer assessment
May 18, 2017 -- With the addition of SPECT/CT, clinicians can find previously undetected sentinel lymph nodes in patients with early-stage oral cancer, according to a study published in the June issue of the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.  Discuss