June 19, 2014
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SNMMI SmartBrief Special Report:
Highlights from the Annual Meeting
Attendees were brought up to speed on cutting-edge science and technology in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging at this month's SNMMI Annual Meeting in St. Louis. Here's a sample of the developments featured at the conference. For more, catch SNMMI SmartBrief every day.
Emerging Tracers 
  • SNMMI Image of the Year winner highlights tau PET tracer
    Researchers at Tohoku University School of Medicine in Japan have produced a PET image using their new tracer F-18 THK5117, which received the 2014 Image of the Year award from SNMMI. Researchers tested the tracer in eight Alzheimer's disease patients and six controls and compared them with the same population imaged using C-11 Pittsburgh Compound B. Results showed THK5117 retention in the lateral and medial temporal cortex, areas that contain higher tau deposits tied to dementia progression, while retention in the hippocampus correlated with AD patients' hippocampal volume. (6/9) , (free registration) (6/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Preliminary data support prostate cancer radiotracer
    A new radiotracer known as 18F-DCFBC injected before PET/CT binds to prostate-specific membrane antigen expressed in prostate cancer and might improve diagnosis of metastasized prostate cancer, according to a study presented at the SNMMI Annual Meeting. Researchers detected lymph node, bone and visceral lesions in both castration-resistant and castration-sensitive prostate cancer with no evidence that high serum folate levels interfere with uptake, said Dr. Steven Rowe, who presented the results. Medscape (free registration) (6/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Imaging in Practice 
  • Imaging plus bone scan can help guide back pain treatment
    Patients suffering from low back pain who received bone scans and SPECT/CT before treatment were more likely to experience significant pain relief than patients who were not assessed with imaging, a study presented at the SNMMI Annual Meeting found. Twenty-three of the 40 patients in the imaging group had their clinical diagnoses modified, and three new conditions were detected. (6/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FDG uptake might help predict pediatric brain tumor progression
    Researchers studying data from the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium found that highly correlated FDG uptake and MRI enhancement in newly detected cases of brainstem glioma predicted reduced overall survival, while low correlation was linked with shorter progression-free survival in previously diagnosed cases, researchers said at the SNMMI Annual Meeting. The researchers also found heterogeneity in metabolic activity across single tumors. The findings could help inform treatment decisions, said co-author Dr. Tina Young Poussaint of Boston Children's Hospital. (free registration) (6/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • PET/MR may be an alternative to SPECT for heart disease
    PET/MR had 100% sensitivity, 80% specificity and 100% negative predictive value in detecting reversible ischemia, suggesting that it is a viable alternative to SPECT, a study presented at the SNMMI Annual Meeting found. "This allows us to predict or rule out coronary artery disease with more certainty, and in some instances, it allows us to detect disease processes such as areas of hibernating heart muscle that would not have been detected using conventional stress testing methods," researcher Dr. Jeffrey M.C. Lau said. (6/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Technology and Exhibits 
  • Philips launches new digital PET/CT system
    Philips Healthcare showcased its new digital PET/CT system called Vereos last week at the SNMMI Annual Meeting in St. Louis. The new system features improved sensitivity, high-quality images and faster workflows that will help improve treatment planning. Philips also presented other imaging technology solutions including iPatient, IntelliSpace Portal and a SPECT/CT system called BrightView XCT. Diagnostic & Interventional Cardiology magazine (6/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
SNMMI Conference Update 
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