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A high proportion of prostate cancer patients have their care pathways changed after being scanned with PET/CT enhanced by the injected radiotracer gallium-68 (Ga-68) and prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA).

Postsurgical medullary thyroid cancer patients who have elevated calcitonin levels, which can indicate that the cancer has returned, are well served with follow-up PET/CT using the radiotracer 18F-DOPA (fluorine-18-L-dihydroxyphenylalanine), according to a small study published online May 30 in Nuclear Medicine Communications.

A study running in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease bears out a correlation between higher concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids in the bloodstream with both better neurocognitive function and increased perfusion in regions of the brain that handle learning, memory, depression and dementia.

John Lukens, 61, who suffered from bilateral essential tremor (ET) for about a decade, recently became the first patient in Pennsylvania to receive MR-guided Focused Ultrasound Treatment (MRgFUS) for ET.

U.K. and Aussie researchers have introduced a clinically relevant neuroimaging biomarker of aging-related brain deterioration and, in the process, shown how brain age predicts mortality.  

 

Recent Headlines

Prostate-specific PET/CT finds elusive cancers, fine-tunes care management

A high proportion of prostate cancer patients have their care pathways changed after being scanned with PET/CT enhanced by the injected radiotracer gallium-68 (Ga-68) and prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA).

PET/CT a sharp-eyed ally against comeback thyroid cancer

Postsurgical medullary thyroid cancer patients who have elevated calcitonin levels, which can indicate that the cancer has returned, are well served with follow-up PET/CT using the radiotracer 18F-DOPA (fluorine-18-L-dihydroxyphenylalanine), according to a small study published online May 30 in Nuclear Medicine Communications.

SPECT study shows ‘fish oil’ fatty acids benefiting the brain

A study running in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease bears out a correlation between higher concentrations of omega-3 fatty acids in the bloodstream with both better neurocognitive function and increased perfusion in regions of the brain that handle learning, memory, depression and dementia.

Pennsylvania patient area's first to receive ultrasound treatment for essential tremor

John Lukens, 61, who suffered from bilateral essential tremor (ET) for about a decade, recently became the first patient in Pennsylvania to receive MR-guided Focused Ultrasound Treatment (MRgFUS) for ET.

Bipolar individuals have abnormalities in frontal, temporal regions of brain

An international consortium spanning 76 centers published a large MRI study that found abnormalities in brain regions controlling inhibition and emotion in individuals with bipolar disorder.

Neuroimaging data used to construct viable aging biomarker

U.K. and Aussie researchers have introduced a clinically relevant neuroimaging biomarker of aging-related brain deterioration and, in the process, shown how brain age predicts mortality.  

3-modality fusion imaging may illuminate surgical guidance

Researchers at Pohang University in South Korea have demonstrated a three-modality method of fusion imaging that uses a photoacoustic component to deliver high-resolution visualization, suggesting the potential to supply comprehensive image guidance in real time during various surgeries.

Brain MRI shows gender-specific approaches should be considered in treating alcoholism

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University School of Medicine used brain MRIs in a new study to find the effects of alcoholism on the brain’s reward system may be different in women and men.

Researchers use electrical neuroimaging to find cause of chronic fatigue syndrome

A team of researchers from the Center for Community Research at DePaul University are using electrical neuroimaging to better understand why the brain is less efficient in people with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).

fMRI: Lack of sleep may dim positive thinking in those with anxiety, depression

University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine researchers have found that the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex (DACC) may have to work harder to modify negative emotional responses in people with poor sleep who have depression or anxiety.

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