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 Organization (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
Meet the finalists for EuroMinnies 2019
January 16, 2019 -- Competition has been intense for the EuroMinnies, AuntMinnieEurope.com's campaign to recognize the best and brightest in European medical imaging. We received dozens of nominations, but our expert panel has now whittled down the initial list of 97 candidates to 16 finalists in eight categories. Find out who made the final cut.  Discuss
French radiology responds strongly to 'disdainful' criticism
January 3, 2019 -- France's National Council of Radiology has reacted angrily to a series of negative comments made about the profession by an expert in infectious diseases. The remarks were made in a recent editorial in the weekly political and news magazine Le Point.  Discuss
Ultralow-dose FDG-PET gives boost to lung screening
December 20, 2018 -- Swiss researchers have shown that machine-learning algorithms can assist fully automated FDG-PET lung cancer detection -- even at simulated very low effective radiation doses of 0.11 mSv -- and it can do so at little cost to sensitivity and specificity.  Discuss
A lesson on how to improve PET/MRI performance
December 13, 2018 -- Working with PET/MRI can be complex and time-consuming, but a group of German clinicians has embraced the hybrid modality by adjusting protocols and imaging sequences to greatly reduce scan times and improve the patient experience.  Discuss