Molecular Imaging

The American College of Radiology (ACR) and American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) released a joint statement Monday, March 5, to quell potential fears sparked by a recent research letter investigating the presence of radioactive materials in cremated bodies.

The electromagnetic interference (EMI) emitted by cell phones may negatively impact gamma cameras, according to results of study published in the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences. But does that necessitate an outright ban?

The body of a 69-year-old male patient treated with lutetium-177 dotate contaminated an Arizona crematorium after radioactive material was found on equipment there, Tech Times reported. The incident has raised questions about the postmortem management of radiopharmaceuticals.

The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has chosen four U.S. companies to begin negotiations with in an effort to produce Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) without the use of highly enriched uranium.

A novel PET/CT imaging agent—18F-GP1—produced a high-quality image and yielded a high detection rate for diagnosing acute venous thromboembolism (VTE), reported researchers of a study featured in the February issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

Stereotactic ablative body radiation therapy (SABR) nearly doubled the overall survival of patients with inoperable stage I lung cancer compared to standard radiotherapy, according to results of a multi-center phase III trial published in the Lancet Oncology.

A molecular imaging technique using PET technology may improve how the efficacy or failure of hormone therapy is measured for breast cancer patients, according to research published online in the February issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine

Researchers found that combining iodine-123 metaiodobenzylguanidine (123I-MIBG) SPECT imaging with cardiac MRI helped identify specific subsets of heart tissue more prone to arrhythmia, or an irregular heartbeat, according to research published in the January issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  

With the help of PET scans, researchers have found women’s brains appear to be three years younger than men’s. The findings, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may explain why women tend to remain mentally sharper longer than men.

A novel MRI approach developed by researchers from Austria showed promise for non-invasively measuring hypoxia and neovascularization in breast tumors, according to a Jan. 24 article published by Physicsworld.

A novel radiotracer tested for the first time in humans may help improve the detection of primary and metastatic melanoma, a highly aggressive form of skin cancer, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

Radiolabeled 18F-fluoride PET/CT proved superior at detecting bone metastases (BM) than a comparative radiotracer, according to a Jan. 14 study published in Clinical Radiology.