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Dear Molecular Imaging Insider,

When it comes to hybrid imaging, reliable data comparing the performance of the main manufacturers' systems are in alarmingly short supply, according to a research group from Ghent, Belgium.

They've sought to rectify this situation by conducting a study of three different PET/CT systems and four SPECT/CT units. Their findings make for fascinating reading. Get the full story in today's top article.

Meanwhile, PET/MRI is showing considerable clinical promise in cases of chronic low back pain and persistent hip pain after total hip replacements, a team from Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, reported at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine in Singapore. Don't miss our news report from last week's Singapore congress.

Is PET/CT superior to MRI for detecting spinal bone metastases? Quite possibly, a new study has found. You can learn more here.

In other news, FAPI-PET imaging is emerging as a tool for assessing patients with single pulmonary tumors, especially in those with negative results on other scans. German authors assessed the approach in 19 patients referred by their treating physicians because of inconclusive lung cancer findings on CT and F-18 FDG-PET.

Relations between radiology and nuclear medicine have been tense and difficult over much of the past decade, but now is the time to call a truce and make a fresh start, says former European Society of Radiology President Prof. Paul Parizel in a thought-provoking Q&A interview.

Philip Ward
Editor in Chief

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