U.K. staffing crisis deepens, RCR asserts
April 21, 2020 -- Workforce shortages in clinical radiology are increasing year-on-year, resulting in delayed diagnoses and lower-quality patient care, according to the latest annual census from the U.K. Royal College of Radiologists (RCR). Shortages of interventional and breast radiologists are an area of particular concern.  Discuss
Chinese team uses PET/CT on COVID-19 patients
April 2, 2020 -- Four patients with suspected COVID-19 underwent FDG-PET/CT at a Chinese hospital. The authors presented their findings online in the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging on 25 March.  Discuss
PET can help predict survival in prostate cancer
March 23, 2020 -- German and Swiss researchers have developed a PET-based risk classification metric for prostate cancer patients to help predict their survival without disease recurrence. They published their findings on 16 March in the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.  Discuss
10 key actions to implement molecular radiotherapy
March 23, 2020 -- A European team of nuclear medicine specialists has proposed a 10-point plan to overcome the barriers to the clinical implementation of molecular radiotherapy. The plan was published online on 13 March by the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.  Discuss
FDG-PET helps forecast outcome in neuroendocrine tumors
March 20, 2020 -- FDG-PET/CT can be used to classify neuroendocrine tumor patients into different prognostic categories for peptide receptor radionuclide therapy, German researchers have found. The decision to perform FDG-PET/CT should be based on the grading, time course of the disease, speed of progression, total tumor mass, and other criteria, they say.  Discuss
PET tracks down causes of fever in children
March 13, 2020 -- In children with fever of unknown origin, imaging studies are scarce and the usefulness of FDG-PET/CT remains uncertain. Now a Dutch team has examined a large group of children in an attempt to fill the knowledge void.  Discuss
Magnetized molecules monitor breast cancers
March 6, 2020 -- A new technique that uses hyperpolarized carbon-13 MRI to monitor the metabolism of different types of breast cancer can identify how rapidly a tumor is growing, U.K. researchers report. The approach could help doctors prescribe the best course of treatment and follow how patients respond.  Discuss
FDG-PET displays its prowess in dementia detection
February 4, 2020 -- In a direct comparison, FDG-PET proved superior to MRI with arterial spin labeling for diagnosing and differentiating various forms of dementia; however, there remains a need for the latter modality, a new Belgian study has found.  Discuss
Timing tests promise to improve PET performance
January 31, 2020 -- Researchers at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, have placed new limits on the timing performance of systems for time-of-flight PET. Their aim is to enhance the quality of PET images, enabling doctors to reduce the dose of radioactive tracer they administer to patients.  Discuss
Viennese biomarker study casts light on breast cancer risk
January 24, 2020 -- Austrian investigators have used PET and MRI to find out that patients with a malignant tumor in one breast have lower levels of certain biomarkers in the contralateral, healthy breast. They examined 141 women who had imaging abnormalities in one breast and a tumor-free contralateral breast.  Discuss