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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
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
Image: A new study shows radiotherapy interferes with the body\'s immune response (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock).

Research Shows Radiotherapy Dampens Immune Response

A new study shows that while radiotherapy (RT) elicits an immune response that kills tumor cells, it also boosts immunosuppressive cells, which dampen the anti-tumor immunity. More...
05 Jan 2017
Image: The upper images shows PET scans, and the lower images combined PET/CT images of the heart. The images on the left show a patient on a 24-hour high-fat, low-sugar diet, while the right-hand images are those of a patient on a 72 hours high-fat, low sugar diet (Photo courtesy of UIC).

Diagnosis of Cardiac Sarcoidosis Improved by Diet Prior to Imaging

Researchers in the US have discovered that they can increase the certainty of diagnosing cardiac sarcoidosis, if from 72 hours until the diagnostic imaging exam the patients are subject to a high-fat, low-sugar diet. More...
28 Dec 2016
Image: Four differently sized 3D printed phantom kidneys (Photo courtesy of Johannes Tran-Gia).

Printed Kidney Phantoms Aid Radiation Dosing Calibration

A new study suggests that three dimensional (3D) printed kidney phantoms could help determine calibration constants in quantitative single-photon emission computed tomography/ computerized tomography (SPECT/CT) imaging. More...
22 Dec 2016
Image: FDG PET-CT chest imaging in a patient with GLILD - FDG uptake is represented by color intensity (Photo courtesy of S. Jolles, University Hospital of Wales).

Patients with CVID Could Benefit from New Imaging Technique

An imaging technique using the tracer FDG (fluorodeoxyglucose) together with PET-CT imaging could be used to help patients with inflammatory complications of immunodeficiency disease. More...
08 Dec 2016

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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