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1. Study: FDG-PET/CT helps assess treatment efficacy in vascular graft infections

SNMMI SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

A study in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine found that FDG-PET/CT shows promise in tracking the status of prosthetic vascular graft infections in patients who are receiving systemic antibiotic treatment. Imaging helped clinicians see whether treatment was having an effect on metabolic activity in the affected area, with decreased activity signaling treatment efficacy. 2 Minute Medicine (05/21)

2. Study ties poor sleep to amyloid buildup

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jun 02, 2015

A study published in Nature Neuroscience tied poor sleep among seniors to excessive accumulation of beta-amyloid in the brain. The researchers used brain PET scans to detect beta-amyloid in 26 older adults, functional MRI to measure brain performance on memory tasks and a brain monitor to capture activity during sleep. "Sleep appears to be a missing piece in the Alzheimer's puzzle, and enhancing sleep may lessen the cognitive burden that Alzheimer's disease imparts," said researcher Bryce Mander. University of California, Berkeley (06/01) HealthDay News (06/01)

3. Study: SPECT/CT can be used to evaluate pain after hip replacement

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jun 02, 2015

A study in BMC Medical Imaging found that SPECT/CT imaging can be used to pinpoint the cause of hip pain resulting after total hip replacement. SPECT/CT can detect aseptic loosening and provide insight regarding heterotopic ossifications. 7th Space Interactive (06/01)

4. Cancer cells may wake up after years of remission, study finds

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jun 01, 2015

A study in the journal Leukemia found that cancer cells can become dormant to resist chemotherapy and reactivate after some years. Researchers compared a patient's blood and bone marrow samples taken at diagnosis with leukemia and at relapse 20 years later. Cancer cells from both samples included a fusion of the genes BCR and ABL1 as well as additional changes in the cells from the relapse samples. BBC (05/28)

5. R&D partnership to develop system for Mo-99 production

SNMMI SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

Global Medical Isotope Systems has partnered with National Security Technologies on a molybdenum-99 manufacturing initiative. GMIS will use the technical and other expertise from National Security Technologies to develop standalone technology for producing Mo-99. (free registration) (05/28)

6. PET pinpoints relapse in patients with stage III melanoma, study shows

SNMMI SmartBrief | Jun 01, 2015

An Australian surveillance study of 232 patients with resected stage III melanoma showed that imaging with PET allowed doctors to spot metastases. Whole-body PET yielded a positive predictive value of 69% for stage IIIB disease and 73% for stage IIIC. The sensitivity of sub-stage specific PET imaging was found to be 88% for pinpointing relapse with specificity of 84%, the researchers reported at a meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Healio (free registration) (05/31)

7. 8 million deaths worldwide caused by cancer in 2013

SNMMI SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

A study in JAMA Oncology found that the share of global mortality caused by cancer reached 15%, or 8 million deaths in 2013, up from 12% in 1990, while 15 million new cancer cases were reported in the same year. Tracheal, bronchus and lung cancer were responsible for the most deaths, while lung cancer in men and breast cancer in women caused the greatest losses in years of healthy life. HealthDay News (05/28)

8. PET scanner coming from Cubresa for small-animal imaging

SNMMI SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Cubresa is poised to launch a PET scanner that will allow simultaneous PET and MR imaging of small animals. The in-bore PET instrument can be coupled to a preclinical MRI scanner for use in cardiology, oncology, neurodegenerative disease and other types of research. Cubresa will introduce the scanner at the SNMMI meeting in June. (free registration) (05/27)

9. Study: Hospital productivity increases faster than Medicare pay

SNMMI SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

A study in Health Affairs found hospital productivity under the Affordable Care Act is increasing at a faster rate than in the past, so that quality improvements are outpacing the growth of Medicare payments. The study considered productivity and quality for heart attack, heart failure and pneumonia care. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (05/25)

10. Just released: "Preparing for PET/MRI: A Practical Approach to MRI of Common Abdominal Pathology"

SNMMI SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

This newly released SAM module will help you review MRI characteristics of several common disease processes encountered in oncologic patients; emphasize the complementary value of MR and PET; and highlight clinical scenarios where MRI may serve as a problem-solving tool for indeterminate PET results. Get started today. Blank (05/29)

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