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Nuclear Imaging

Osman Ratib, MD, PhD, FAHA, professor and chief of nuclear medicine in the Department of Radiology at the University Hospital of Geneva, discusses the advantages and future of the hybrid PET/MR modality.

As the devastation following the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in Japan continue to unfold, radiologists in the U.S. are lending their expertise and assistance.

PET hybrid technologies are already hot, and two innovations discussed during the final session of ECR 2011 are aimed at making them more even powerful and efficient.

A molecular imaging technique may prove useful in early assessment of treatment response for cisplatin-resistant ovarian cancer, according to a study published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

PET with CT colonography provides an alternative for detecting polyps and cancer in the colon, according to a study published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

Researchers in the radiation oncology department at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have received a $14 million grant to develop countermeasures that will help treat damage caused by radiological or nuclear threats such as a dirty bomb attack.

Radiation in any form brings risk. Medical radiation as a screening, diagnostic or treatment tool is designed with safeguards in mind to minimize the risk and maximize the benefit of the test or treatment. For instance, if a patient presents with a breast lump that can be felt but not viewed with mammography or ultrasound, medical professionals must employ the most appropriate diagnostic tools that identify potential cancer.


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