Researchers have combined a new imaging technique and imaging agent which utilizes a synthesized amino acid found in scorpion venom to help illuminate brain tumors during surgery.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) opened a 30-day public comment period seeking feedback on its draft document outlining training and experience requirements for administrating radiopharmaceuticals requiring a written directive.

Peptide radionuclide therapy (PRRT) demonstrated long-term effectiveness in patients with malignant neuroendocrine tumors, reported authors of a study published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

The joint statement—published in Thyroid—was put out by American Thyroid Association, the European Association of Nuclear Medicine, the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging and the European Thyroid Association.

Johns Hopkin’s researchers have created a PET-based approach that can direct cancer drugs to precise points in the brains of mice, according to a study published in the May 1 edition of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. If proven effective in humans, the researchers believe their technique could help patients with difficult brain tumors, such as glioblastomas.

The prospective single-center study, published April 30 in the American Journal of Roentgenology, adds more weight to the growing literature suggesting PSMA-11’s vital role in prostate cancer management.

 

“With imaging, we’ll be able to identify vulnerable plaque, deliver treatment directly to it, and see whether the treatment is effective," said award recipient Yongjian Liu, PhD, with Washington University in St. Louis.

The company received $75 million at closing from funds managed by Oberland Capital Management. NorthStar has the option to draw another $25 million before December 31, 2020.

Dopamine transporter (DAT) SPECT may be a useful imaging biomarker to determine the severity of Parkinson’s disease, according to an April 17 study published in the American Journal of Roentgenology.

18F-DCFPyL PSMA PET/CT imaging accurately localized biochemically recurrent prostate cancer and prompted clinicians to change their management plans in more than 80% of patients, according to a recent study in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently transferred land in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, to Coquí Radio Pharmaceuticals, pushing the company closer to establishing a domestic production of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), an isotope used in many molecular imaging exams.

PET brain scans of living former NFL players with cognitive and neuropsychiatric symptoms showed higher tau levels than controls in brain regions typically affected by chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), according to an April 11 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).