600+ km trek across the Himalayas for cancer therapy
September 23, 2020 -- It takes on average 18 hours by bus for patients to reach the cancer hospital in Nepal, and many of them travel over 600 km. Now the pandemic has made it even more difficult to get treatment, writes Tirthraj Adhikari, a medical physicist trained in Italy. He gives a personal account of the challenges faced by patients and staff.  Discuss
After Brexit: Device regulations come under scrutiny
September 15, 2020 -- The U.K. has produced advice on how to launch medical devices on the market after the Brexit transition period ends on 1 January 2021. Regulatory expert Mike Pogose discusses how the new procedures will affect imaging manufacturers and their customers.  Discuss
Dutch team unveils new findings on radiomics
September 14, 2020 -- Researchers from Amsterdam have found that molecular imaging can contribute to better treatment decisions for patients with head and neck squamous cell carcinoma by providing clinically valuable radiomics information on tumor phenotypes.  Discuss
European investigators shine new light on endocarditis
September 9, 2020 -- The diagnosis of infective endocarditis remains a serious clinical challenge, but F-18 FDG PET/CT is making progress and can be an extremely useful modality in these patients, with good sensitivity and specificity, three different research groups from Portugal, France, and Italy reported at the recent European Society of Cardiology virtual congress.  Discuss
Post-treatment SPECT/CT monitors radionuclide dose
September 7, 2020 -- A research group from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Center in Melbourne, Australia, has pioneered a technique that uses a follow-up SPECT/CT examination after radionuclide therapy to personalize the radiation dose delivered to a patient.  Discuss
German investigators highlight clinical value of PET/MRI
September 3, 2020 -- In a study of more than 1,000 examinations, German researchers found that PET/MRI improved lesion detection by over 15% compared with PET/CT in malignant bone disease and lung cancer. Also, PET/MRI reduced ionizing radiation by nearly 80% when compared with PET/CT.  Discuss
What must radiologists know about the abscopal effect?
August 26, 2020 -- The abscopal effect occurs when radiation treatment -- or another type of local therapy -- not only shrinks the targeted tumor but also leads to the shrinkage of untreated tumors elsewhere in the body. History columnist Dr. Adrian Thomas reflects on its origins and future potential.  Discuss
Molecular imaging mourns death of Stanford's Gambhir
July 23, 2020 -- The molecular imaging and radiology communities are mourning the death of Dr. Sanjiv Sam Gambhir, PhD, the chair of radiology at Stanford University, who died of cancer on 18 July. He was 57.  Discuss
SPECT, PET tracers boost detection of skeletal metastases
July 20, 2020 -- Developing a strong understanding of the properties and pros and cons of radiotracers is crucial to optimize the clinical applications of SPECT and PET, but results from comparative studies can be difficult to translate into routine practice, researchers from a leading London facility reported at ECR 2020.  Discuss
German team wins Image of the Year prize at SNMMI 2020
July 20, 2020 -- Researchers from Cologne, Germany, have collected the Image of the Year award from the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). Their series of PET images revealed that older patients who maintain peak cognitive skills tend to exhibit greater resistance to buildup of tau and amyloid proteins.  Discuss