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ST. LOUIS--As the weekend opening of the 61st Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) Annual Meeting sunsets, three more days full of meetings, presentations and exhibitions approach. See an SNMMI-hosted audiovisual montage of highlights and attendee interviews from the first two days of the conference.

The new cancer center paradigm provides genetic tests not just for experimental research, but as a clinical standard. In this glimpse by Bloomberg, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center shows off a new laboratory opened just weeks ago where patients' biopsies will be tested for 341 mutations associated with disease.

T cell immunotherapy prompted a striking response from three out of nine women with advanced cervical cancer, including one who had extensive metastases, according to new data from the National Cancer Institute. This could offer an alternative treatment option for women with few choices remaining.

During a daylong summit on concussions at the White House on May 29, President Barack Obama said that he likely had multiple mild concussions while playing sports and emphasized the importance of educating parents about brain injuries in children, as reported by NBC News. 

Shakespeare called King Richard III a hunchback, but new genetic and reconstructive CT data show this story had more of a twist. Until recently, the exact nature and whereabouts of Richard's physical deformity was a mystery. While questions still daunt researchers, a compelling picture of the monarch's spine has emerged.

The rise in women getting double mastectomies after a breast cancer diagnosis could be linked to anxiety and breast MRI, as reported by NPR on May 21.

In this video, BBC reporter Fergus Walsh is the first to undergo an MRI scan as part of the largest scan study to date and describes how the study is evolving.

Disclosing medical errors to a patient is a difficult, but necessary process. As troubling as it is for a veteran physician, it’s particularly stressful for medical trainees.

Richard J. Albin, the pathologist who is often cited for having discovered the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in 1970, makes a case against prostate screening in his new book, coauthored with Ronald Piana, The Great Prostate Hoax: How Big Medicine Hijacked the PSA Test and Caused a Public Health Disaster, as reported by the Washington Post on May 12. 

Watch a fly-through of Glass Brain, a 3D imagining of the human brain by researchers at the University of California San Francisco. This video shows the 3D brain model made possible by electroencephalography data and white matter tract reconstruction from MRI diffusion tensor imaging. UCSF is using the technology to research possible treatments for neurodegenerative disease.

The human genome was first mapped just a little over a decade ago. Its 3 billion bits of DNA are the pages of the human instruction manual. Read this great review featuring Eric S. Lander from MIT, Harvard, and the Broad Institute in Cambridge to see how far we've come and what the future of genomics holds.

The shape of cancer genomics may be a new calling card for 3D oncologic imaging. Studying the formation of cancer cell genomes could potentially provide more information about a patient's cancer than just focusing on genetic expression. Scientists at McGill University in Montreal are finding that the form of a cancer cell genome can even tell them what subtype of cancer a patient has.