SPECT/CT plus assay boosts surgical success
Complementary methods have helped physicians at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas improve the success rate of surgical treatments for ectopic parathyroid adenoma.
Short half-life handicaps clinical adoption of carbon-11 radioisotope
Carbon-11 tracer's 20-minute half life makes it too expensive for most community hospitals, but it can minimize radiation exposure and enable repeat measurements without interference from previous studies.
SUVs earn cheers for research but jeers for routine clinical use
In the quantitative world of molecular imaging, the standardized uptake value (SUV) looms large as a key measure of tumor aggressiveness and therapeutic response.
New scanners gear up for molecular imaging
Technical advances continue to make PET/CT and SPECT/CT suitable as platforms for molecular imaging. Pharmaceutical companies and specialty laboratories are developing and refining new radiopharmaceuticals. Imaging equipment manufacturers are incorporating more powerful and sensitive technology into their equipment and sophisticated reconstruction software is producing clearer images.
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