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Molecular Imaging

PET/CT for cancer screening in healthy patients? Think twice on this and other nuclear medicine and molecular imaging tests, says the Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging's Choosing Wisely list.

Molecular Imaging

CMS proposed more required trials before approval for Alzheimer's imaging agents like Amyvid. Medicare may cover only one beta-amyloid PET scan for certain patients.

Using PET to stage patients with limited-stage small-cell lung cancer before treatment improves survival rate.

PET imaging aids researchers in search for anti-nicotine vaccine, but shows there is still a lot of work to do.

CMS has agreed to cover three oncology FDG-PET scans, a revision from the proposed single-scan coverage, and one PET advocates lauded.

Single photon emission computed tomography ventilation/perfusion imaging may show early changes to the lung caused by cigarette smoke exposure.

CMS is allowing local contractors to determine coverage of new oncology PET tracers, but tracers for neurological or cardiac uses aren’t included in the change.

The FDA has approved Lymphoseek (technetium Tc 99m tilmanocept) Injection imaging agent that helps locate lymph nodes in patients with certain cancers.

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