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Zika virus has had a significant impact in North and South America, most notably by causing microcephaly in babies born to infected mothers. But Brazilian researchers have found the deadly virus may be an effective treatment for glioblastoma—the most common and aggressive form of malignant brain tumor in adults.

In patients with early-stage breast cancer, neoadjuvant chemotherapy (NAC) is a common treatment to reduce tumor size before surgery. A team has found dynamic diffuse optical tomography (DDOT) can detect if a tumor has responded to chemotherapy within two weeks of initial treatment—potentially life-saving information for patients. ​​​​​​​

Pairing ultrasound with a blood test to detect high alpha fetoprotein (AFP) levels demonstrated up to a 40 percent improvement in detecting early-stage liver cancer, according to new research published in the journal Gastroenterology.

Pennsylvania researchers discovered opposed-phase MRI imaging is less accurate in detecting treated spinal metastases compared to those lesions that are untreated.

Nuclear imaging may better locate recurrent prostate cancer after prostatectomy and aid in earlier detection after recurrence all while simultaneously providing the sensitive imaging needed to guide salvage radiotherapy in patients, according to a study in the February issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine.


Recent Headlines

New appropriate use criteria from SNMMI for cancer docs ordering PET/CT

Oncologists and other clinicians working to restage cancers or assess the disease’s response to treatment have new appropriate use criteria for ordering a proven-effective imaging tool for these purposes.

Imaging not exempt as evidence roundup shows extent of ‘care overkill’

Five years ago the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) advised clinicians not to order advanced imaging or tumor marker tests for survivors of early-stage breast cancer. Yet the exam orders keep coming.

Incidental findings abound on brain scans of the general pediatric population

Reviewing brain MRI of close to 4,000 children as part of an ongoing population-based study, European neuroradiologists and neuroscientists discovered at least one incidental finding in more than one-quarter of the cohort.

National Academy of Medicine elects radiology professor as 1 of 80 new members

The National Academy of Medicine announced Monday, Oct. 17, that it elected 80 new members, including Deborah Watkins Bruner, RN, PhD, a professor of radiation oncology at Emory University in Atlanta. 

MRI potentially more cost-effective than CT for imaging liver metastases

Contrast-enhanced MRI is more sensitive than contrast-enhanced CT for diagnosing liver metastases in patients with known colorectal cancer. What’s more, while it’s pricier, the MRI option can also be cost-effective, delivering returns on investment in the form of greater quality-adjusted life years for the patient.

Toshiba to showcase large-bore CT for rad-onc planning

Toshiba will showcase the applicability of its Aquilion LB (for large-bore) CT system to planning radiation therapy for cancer patients at the annual meeting of the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in San Diego Sept. 24 to 26, the company has announced.

PET/MR imaging protocol helps ID chemotherapy-induced damage in children

A single 90-minute examination designed to assess chemotherapy-induced injuries of the brain, heart and joints among childhood cancer survivors has been proven feasible by a new study.

New research shows benefits of beginning annual screening mammography at 40

Starting annual screening mammography for breast cancer at age 40 helps detect a significant number of cancers, according to a recent study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

Nonsmoker lung cancer curiously on the rise in the UK

The annual frequency of never-smokers developing lung cancer in Britain has more than doubled over the last seven years, from 13 percent to 28 percent, according to a study set to run in the October edition of the European Journal of Cancer.

Nuke-med tracking aids management of advanced biliary tract cancer

Rare but aggressive, cancers of the bile duct can be added to the list of carcinomas for which PET scanning with the radiotracer 18F-FDG adds diagnostic and/or prognostic value, according to the authors of a study running in the August edition of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.