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Molecular Imaging


According to a recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) press release, new research suggests that genetic variations in the lungs can differentiate between individuals who have stably low lung function early in life (that steadily declines with age) versus those who are at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to smoking.  

Researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago have combined international expertise and two types of technology to predict how well a deaf child can learn language after receiving cochlear implant surgery. 

A team of researchers has proven a new radiotracer, 2-18F-fluorodeoxysorbitol (18F-FDS), more adept at tracking bacterial infection in lungs than current imaging methods, while also distinguishing bacterial infection from inflammation.

Head trauma and sports—most notably football but also hockey, soccer and boxing—have been the focus of plenty of media coverage. Recent studies have shown an overwhelming majority of deceased football player’s brains contained evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

PET is already considered the most sensitive non-surgical techniques for studying physiology, metabolism and molecular pathways, but experts believe recent developments may drastically increase its capabilities.


Recent Headlines

Spit test for concussion may ID prolonged symptoms in children

Imaging professionals are well aware of the effects of concussion, from long-term damage to professional football players to kids playing water polo. Recent research in JAMA Pediatrics examined how changes in epigenetic molecules known as microRNAs (miRNAs) can be monitored via children’s saliva to detect prolonged concussion symptoms.

A potential new era for acute stoke imaging-based selection, treatment

In a recent editorial published in the November issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), Werner Hacke, MD, PhD, DSc, discussed a new era of imaging selections for patients who are looking to benefit from a thrombectomy performed long after the onset of a stroke.

Obstructive sleep apnea increases risk of developing Alzheimer's

According to a new study published by the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (AJRCCM), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may increase elderly individuals' risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.  

Nuke med helps diagnose early Alzheimer’s from amyloid network topology

Using PET with the radiotracer 18F-florbetapir, researchers in Sweden have found that the topology of amyloid clusters can help tip off clinicians to the presence and progression of Alzheimer’s disease in patients who don’t yet present symptoms.

PET/MRI reveals more than just nerve impingement causing sciatica

Radiology and orthopedics researchers at Stanford have shown the prowess of nuclear imaging for identifying the specific source(s) of pain and reduced mobility in patients with chronic sciatica, a common low-back condition notorious for evading such pinpointing.

Long-term space travel changes brain structure of astronauts

The effects of space travel on the human anatomy are extensive to say the least, taking into account the harsh impact zero gravity and the rapid ascension into space have on the bodies of astronauts. Yet, the amount of information detailing the effects spaceflight has on the configuration of astronauts' brains is limited, claimed in a recent study published by The New England Journal of Medicine and funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 

Brain impact of football affected by career length, player's position

New research, funded by the National Football League Charities and the NFL Players Association, examined former football players, examined career duration and playing position in the white matter structure and neural recruitment of former college and professional athletes.

Netherlands Cancer Institute awarded funding to use molecular imaging in prostate cancer surgery

On Oct. 17, the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI) was awarded funding from the Dutch Cancer Society to apply molecular imaging technology to prostate cancer surgery.

In a daydream? MRI links wandering mind with intelligence, efficiency

Researchers form the Georgia Institute of Technology have comforting news for those who may drift into a daydream during an afternoon meeting. Such behavior, as seen via MRI, could be a sign of intellectual and creative abilities.

SNMMI, International Atomic Energy Agency combine forces on nuke-med education

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) is partnering with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to beef up educational resources for health professionals wherever in the world they may be.