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Image: New research shows fractionating radiation therapy improves surgery results (Photo courtesy of iStock).

Fractionated Radiotherapy Improves Cancer Surgery Results

Short-course preoperative radiotherapy (RT) combined with delayed surgery reduces the adverse side effects of rectal cancer surgery, according to a new study. More...
23 Feb 2017
Image: The new tracer shows tumors in a 64-year-old man with PC (Photo courtesy of NIBIB).

New Radiotracer Helps Diagnose Prostate Cancer Faster

A new study describes a radioactive tracer that targets two different biomarkers, gastrin-releasing peptide receptor (GRPR) and integrin αvβ3, which often indicate prostate cancer (PC). More...
17 Feb 2017
Image: A new study shows hyperfractionated radiotherapy with concomitant chemotherapy provides best results for some cancers (Photo courtesy of NCI).

Twice-Daily Radiation Therapy Reduces Cancer Mortality

Splitting daily radiation therapy (RT) treatment into two portions allows more effective treatment of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma, according to a new study. More...
10 Feb 2017
Image: An example of an FDG-PET imaging scan of the human brain (Photo courtesy of PubMed).

Studies Reveal Pathway Linking Brain and CV Events

Researchers have for the first time found a pathway linking brain activity in the amygdala, elevated immune system activity and inflammation, and cardiovascular events in human beings. More...
01 Feb 2017
Image: Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) that shows perfusion in the brain of a rat (Photo courtesy of AXT).

MPI Technology Now Available to Medical Researchers in Australia

Medical researchers in Australia now have access to a new imaging technology called Magnetic Particle Imaging (MPI) that can give researchers improved insight into organ and tissue function, with sensitivity comparable to that of nuclear medicine, the speed of Computed Tomography (CT), and the resolution of Magnetic Resolution Imaging (MRI). More...
17 Jan 2017
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Image: A new study claims that radiation therapy (RT) may increase complications in breast cancer patients who received implants, but not in those who underwent autologous reconstruction (Photo courtesy of the University of Michigan).

Radiotherapy Increases Complications in Reconstructed Breasts

Researchers at the University of Michigan conducted a prospective, multicenter cohort study in which they collected medical data and patient-reported outcomes data from 553 RT patients and 1,461 patients who did not receive RT. About 38% and 25 % of the patients who did and did not receive RT, respectively, received autologous reconstruction, with the rest receiving implant reconstruction. Main outcomes and measures were complications following breast reconstruction, and satisfaction based on the BREAST-Q patient-reported outcome instrument. More...
12 Jan 2017
Image: The image on the left is from before therapy, and the image on the right from three days after treatment (Photo courtesy of Penn Medicine).

Increased NIV Molecular Imaging Technologies Needed for Cancer Care

According to researchers in the US, new molecular imaging technologies can facilitate the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of cancer, while at the same time reducing the frequency of unnecessary or ineffective therapies and minimizing side effects. More...
10 Jan 2017

The Nuclear Medicine channel of MedImaging brings the latest in research and clinical radiotherapy, proton therapy, PET-CT, SPECT, SQUID, radiopharmacology, scintillography, trends and safety concerns.
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