Molecular Imaging

The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) released its list of members recognized for outstanding dedication and service in the fields of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging.  

In the face of a challenging nuclear medicine (NM) landscape, defined by declining reimbursement and disruptive technology, a group of radiologists set out to determine work patterns of self-identified NM specialists.

Production of technetium-99m (Tc-99m) is expected to resume soon at the Australian generator that was forced to shut down in June, according to the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO).

Yale University researchers have discovered a new PET imaging method that measures beta-cell mass which could improve monitoring, according to research published online in the August issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  

Dutch researchers utilized a PET tracer to distinguish differences in estrogen receptor (ER) expression in metastatic breast cancer patients, according to a recent Journal of Nuclear Medicine study. Findings may enhance treatment for these patients.

Researchers from Columbia University in New York have developed a molecular imaging tool that can track metabolic changes in individual living cells in real time, according to research published July 30 in Nature Communications.

Researchers from the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) successfully used high-resolution MRI and a cell-labeling technique to visualize nearly 100 cells, which may allow clinicians to assess the effectiveness of immune cell- and stem cell-based therapies to treat cancer.

For patients with metastatic prostate cancer, understanding its genesis and evolution can mean all the difference for treatment. But, what if, as a recent Journal of Nuclear Medicine perspective proposes, a new “clinical state” could improve understanding and treatment of the disease?

The Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI), along with a host of other leading medical imaging groups and vendors, addressed a July 18 letter to the Senate and House subcommittees on Energy and Water Development voicing its support for $20 million in additional funding to help establish domestic production of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99).

A team from the University of Wisconsin-Madison successfully used PET imaging to visualize heart damage commonly seen in those with Parkinson’s disease. The technique will help develop therapies.

The shutdown of Australia’s sole nuclear medicine generator due to mechanical problems is beginning to impact patient treatment, particularly for individuals in rural parts of the country, the Guardian reported.

A novel PET imaging method may improve evaluation of joint inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis patients by targeting translocator protein (TSPO) expression in joint lining tissue, according to research published online in the July issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine.