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Nuclear medicine is a branch or specialty of medicine and medical imaging that uses radioactive isotopes (radionuclides) and relies on the process of radioactive decay in the diagnosis and treatment of disease. In nuclear medicine procedures, radionuclides are combined with other chemical compounds or pharmaceuticals to form radiopharmaceuticals.
SPECT scan measures brain activity during seizures

SPECT scan measures brain activity during seizures

Loyola University Medical Center is offering epileptic patients an imaging scan that records brain activity during seizures. [More]
Silvia Jurisson recognized as AAAS Fellow for contributions to cancer research

Silvia Jurisson recognized as AAAS Fellow for contributions to cancer research

Nuclear medicine is the branch of medicine that uses radioactive materials to provide diagnostics and treatments for cancer. Often, standard protocols involve using radioactive isotopes developed to image as well as weaken cancer cells in the body. With more than 30 years of research in radiopharmaceutical chemistry, Silvia Jurisson, a researcher at the University of Missouri, is a world-renowned scientist who continues to develop breakthrough materials used in the detection and treatment of cancer. [More]
Targeted therapy with radiopharmaceuticals has great potential for cancer treatment

Targeted therapy with radiopharmaceuticals has great potential for cancer treatment

Cancer therapy can be much more effective using a new way to customize nuclear medicine treatment, researchers say in the December 2014 issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The process could also be useful for other diseases that could benefit from targeted radiation. [More]
New fluorescence-imaging agent could improve diagnosis, guide surgeons during tumor removal

New fluorescence-imaging agent could improve diagnosis, guide surgeons during tumor removal

CEA-Leti and CLARA today announced the development of a new fluorescence-imaging agent that could significantly increase surgeons’ accuracy when removing cancerous tumors. [More]
UB researchers explore link between behavioral symptoms and chronic traumatic encephalopathy

UB researchers explore link between behavioral symptoms and chronic traumatic encephalopathy

Aggression, violence, depression, suicide. Media reports routinely link these behavioral symptoms with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the neurodegenerative brain disease, in former football players. [More]
Coqui Pharma signs contract with INVAP to design Medical Isotope Production Facility in Alachua, Fla

Coqui Pharma signs contract with INVAP to design Medical Isotope Production Facility in Alachua, Fla

Coqui RadioPharmaceuticals Corp., a medical isotope company working to become the first U.S. commercial producer of Molybdenum-99 (Mo-99), is proud to announce it has formally signed a contract with INVAP to design its Medical Isotope Production Facility (MIPF) in Alachua, Fla. Mo-99 is the parent isotope of Technetium-99, which is used in 80 percent of nuclear medicine procedures worldwide. [More]
Breakthrough study shows novel molecular imaging drug to detect early prostate cancer

Breakthrough study shows novel molecular imaging drug to detect early prostate cancer

A novel study demonstrates the potential of a novel molecular imaging drug to detect and visualize early prostate cancer in soft tissue, lymph nodes and bone. The research, published in the November issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, compares the biodistribution and tumor uptake kinetics of two Tc-99m labeled ligands, MIP-1404 and MIP-1405, used with SPECT and planar imaging. [More]
UT Southwestern Medical Center unveils new $800 million hospital

UT Southwestern Medical Center unveils new $800 million hospital

UT Southwestern Medical Center will unveil its new $800 million hospital at a dedication ceremony today. The 12-floor, 460-bed facility is being hailed as a patient-centered, state-of-the-art medical innovation for the people of Dallas, North Texas, and beyond. [More]
GE Healthcare’s advances in imaging quantitation may help clinicians diagnose disease earlier

GE Healthcare’s advances in imaging quantitation may help clinicians diagnose disease earlier

GE Healthcare shares a suite of advances in imaging quantitation that may help clinicians diagnose disease earlier, deliver more personalised treatment and speed up care at the 27th annual meeting of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM), 18-22 October, in Gothenburg. [More]
New preclinical imaging product line launched by MILabs at the 2014 Annual European Association of Nuclear Medicine Meeting

New preclinical imaging product line launched by MILabs at the 2014 Annual European Association of Nuclear Medicine Meeting

MILabs BV has launched a complete new preclinical product line at the 2014 Annual European Association of Nuclear Medicine Meeting in Gothenburg, Sweden, October 18-22 (www.eanm.org). It consists of the new 4-series comprising U-SPECT4, U-SPECT4CT, VECTor4 and VECTor4CT incorporating significant improvements over the former PLUS-series. The 4-series carries even further the tradition of MILabs to deliver the best SPECT and PET image resolution available in the market. [More]
Novel imaging technique could revolutionise diagnosis of neuroblastoma

Novel imaging technique could revolutionise diagnosis of neuroblastoma

CANCER RESEARCH UK's Centre for Drug Development, in collaboration with the Rising Tide Foundation, a Swiss-based non-profit organisation which funds innovative cancer trials, today (TUESDAY) announce a new trial at The Royal Marsden and University College London that could revolutionise how children with one of the deadliest forms of cancer are diagnosed. [More]
Groups urge Medicare to cover LDCT screening for adults at high risk for lung cancer

Groups urge Medicare to cover LDCT screening for adults at high risk for lung cancer

More than 60 patient advocacy and medical organizations have joined a coalition headed by the Lung Cancer Alliance, the American College of Radiology and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, in urging Medicare to cover low dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening for beneficiaries at high risk for lung cancer. [More]
Cancer community joins coalition seeking Medicare coverage for CT lung cancer screening

Cancer community joins coalition seeking Medicare coverage for CT lung cancer screening

More than 60 patient advocacy and medical organizations have joined a coalition headed by the Lung Cancer Alliance, the American College of Radiology and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, in urging Medicare to cover low dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening for beneficiaries at high risk for lung cancer. [More]
Ultrasound procedures encourage many hospitals in Europe to adopt the technology

Ultrasound procedures encourage many hospitals in Europe to adopt the technology

Growing awareness of the harmful effects of radiation exposure is driving the uptake of ultrasound systems, which are radiation free, less expensive, and more versatile than bigger modalities such as magnetic resonance. [More]
Researchers develop new methods that improve quality of myocardial perfusion imaging

Researchers develop new methods that improve quality of myocardial perfusion imaging

New methods that enhance the quality of myocardial perfusion imaging were developed in a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland. [More]
Current x-ray- examinations capture only 20% of lung cancer cases

Current x-ray- examinations capture only 20% of lung cancer cases

Each year, nearly 3000 Norwegians develop lung cancer. Current x-ray- examinations capture only 20 percent of cases. With modern ultralow-dose CT, the radiologists hit the bull's eye 90 per cent of the time. [More]
Decline in daily functioning linked with Alzheimer's disease is related to alterations in brain activity

Decline in daily functioning linked with Alzheimer's disease is related to alterations in brain activity

Decline in daily functioning associated with Alzheimer's disease is related to alterations in activity in certain regions of the brain, according to a study published in the August 2014 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. [More]
PET-CT using FDG-labeled leucocytes may help in detecting infection in patients with acute pancreatitis

PET-CT using FDG-labeled leucocytes may help in detecting infection in patients with acute pancreatitis

A new study diagnosing infection in patients with pancreatic fluid collections may swiftly and accurately rule out active infection in the body. [More]

New less expensive method to enrich stable isotopes

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have devised a new method for enriching a group of the world's most expensive chemical commodities, stable isotopes, which are vital to medical imaging and nuclear power, as reported this week in the journal Nature Physics. For many isotopes, the new method is cheaper than existing methods. For others, it is more environmentally friendly. [More]

European approval process for Eckert & Ziegler’s gallium-68 generator is successfully completed

Eckert & Ziegler Radiopharma GmbH has received a recommendation from the European Medicines Agency for approval of its pharmaceutical 68Ge/68Ga generators. [More]