Be aware of artifacts to improve hybrid imaging outcomes
February 27, 2019 -- Awareness of possible artifacts and pitfalls in hybrid imaging is the first step in dealing with them, ECR 2019 delegates learned in a session during the opening day of the congress. The presenters also discussed new types of problems and challenges that may occur with the clinical application of novel specific tracers.  Discuss
Dual detector combines nuclear and fluoroscopic imaging
February 15, 2019 -- Dutch researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of using a flat-panel x-ray detector combined with a gamma camera to allow simultaneous acquisition of fluoroscopic and nuclear images. The instrument could provide clinicians with anatomical information not currently available using nuclear imaging alone.  Discuss
ANSTO bid to close nearby pistol range riles gun lovers
February 15, 2019 -- A group of Australian gun owners are up in arms over a proposal by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) to close a shooting range that's located near ANSTO's nuclear facility in Lucas Heights, outside of Sydney.  Discuss
FET-PET gives boost to pediatric neuro-oncology
February 4, 2019 -- Danish researchers have found that fluoroethyl-tyrosine (FET)-PET can help confirm the success of surgical procedures performed on children with brain and spinal cord tumors to ensure that no residual tumor is left behind. Their study was published online on 25 January in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
FDG-PET/CT or MRI: Which is best for HNSCC recurrence?
February 4, 2019 -- Which modality is the most appropriate choice to diagnose suspected local recurrence of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC)? Dutch researchers chose FDG-PET/CT over MRI in a study published in the February issue of the European Journal of Radiology.  Discuss
FDG-PET/CT improves bladder cancer staging
January 31, 2019 -- Combining metabolic and morphologic data from FDG-PET/CT scans can significantly improve the detection of lymph node metastasis in patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer before their surgery, according to a French study published online on 21 January in European Radiology.  Discuss
MRI optimizes photodynamic therapy efficacy
January 24, 2019 -- Photodynamic therapy uses a light-activated drug to create reactive oxygen species that kill nearby cancer cells, but its use is limited by the low penetration of light into tissue and insufficient accumulation of the photosensitizing drug in tumors. Russian researchers have devised an MRI-based method to overcome this hurdle.  Discuss