Prescan tutorial eases patient concerns about PET/CT
August 16, 2018 -- Giving patients knowledge of what to expect from an upcoming FDG-PET/CT scan can go a long way toward helping them to relax and improving their experience, according to a study published online August 3 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology.  Discuss
Strongly worded PET/CT reports influence follow-up
August 9, 2018 -- When radiologists use strong, specific follow-up recommendations in FDG-PET/CT reports, referring physicians are more likely to follow their advice -- and find cancers, according to a Dutch study published online July 29 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Australian agency orders review of Mo-99 procedures
July 27, 2018 -- An Australian government agency has ordered a review of radiation safety procedures at another federal agency in charge of running the nuclear reactor that was forced to stop shipments of the radioisotope molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) last month. The halt has spurred an ongoing shortage of important radiopharmaceuticals in the country.  Discuss
FLT-PET points toward survival for glioblastoma patients
July 25, 2018 -- PET scans with the radiotracer F-18 fluorothymidine (FLT) can help determine which glioblastoma patients have the best chance for longer survival, according to a study published online on July 21 in the European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging.  Discuss
C-11-based PET tracer could benefit arthritis patients
July 12, 2018 -- Carbon-11 (C-11) PET that targets translocator protein expression in the joint lining tissue of the knee may be a better way to determine the extent of rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study published in the July issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
PET finds why some dementia patients live longer
July 10, 2018 -- A follow-up study by German researchers has pinpointed the presence of frontotemporal lobar degeneration as the determining factor to explain why Alzheimer's patients with amyloid-positive PET scans can outlive patients with negative amyloid results.  Discuss
Cardiac hybrid imaging predicts adverse cardiac events
July 6, 2018 -- A cardiac hybrid imaging technique that fuses SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging with coronary CT angiography scans can help predict major adverse cardiac events in patients suspected of having coronary artery disease, according to a study published online on 3 July in Radiology.  Discuss
Australian reactor woes worry nuclear medicine
July 6, 2018 -- The shutdown of shipments from a nuclear reactor in Australia that is a key part of the global supply network for the radioisotope molybdenum-99 is causing consternation in the nuclear medicine community, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.  Discuss
Simulated PET scans verify proton therapy delivery
July 5, 2018 -- Researchers have moved closer to the real-time verification of hadron therapy, demonstrating the in vivo accuracy of simulations that predict particle range in the patient. The new Monte Carlo tool is a key component of a system that measures particle range during treatment and compares it with the predictions.  Discuss
Are amyloid PET scans ready for the clinical setting?
June 21, 2018 -- The use of PET scans to confirm the presence of dementia-inducing amyloid plaque in the brain may be ready for routine clinical use, based on a prospective study published online June 11 in JAMA Neurology. Researchers found that both positive and negative results influenced the diagnosis and treatment of patients with and without dementia.  Discuss