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Tessa Brabander, Jaap Teunissen, Dik Kwekkeboom
PURPOSE: Physiological uptake in the uncinate process or pancreatic head has been described with Ga-labeled PET tracers for somatostatin receptor imaging. In-DTPA-octreotide is the only registered radiopharmaceutical for the imaging of neuroendocrine tumors. We studied the uptake in this region of the pancreatic head on somatostatin receptor scintigraphy (SRS) using In-DTPA-octreotide in a large group of patients. Furthermore, known physiological and clinical characteristics are discussed in an attempt to elucidate this phenomenon...
October 21, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Madhur Kumar Srivatsava, M Indirani, I Sathyamurthy, G Sengottuvelu, Avani S Jain, S Shelley
AIM: Role of PET-CT in assessment of myocardial viability in patients with LV dysfunction. METHODS: This prospective study included 120 patients with LV dysfunction who underwent 99mTechnetium-Sestamibi myocardial perfusion SPECT-CT and 18FFDG cardiac PET-CT. They also underwent serial echocardiography and coronary angiography along with myocardial perfusion and FDG PET study. RESULTS: Thirty-three patients had single vessel disease, 48 had triple vessel disease, and rest had double vessel disease...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Xue Rui, Yannan Jin, Paul F FitzGerald, Mingye Wu, Adam M Alessio, Paul E Kinahan, Bruno De Man
Computed tomography (CT) has been used for a variety of applications, two of which include diagnostic imaging and attenuation correction for PET or SPECT imaging. Ideally, the x-ray tube spectrum should be optimized for the specific application to minimize the patient radiation dose while still providing the necessary information. In this study, we proposed a projection-based analytic approach for the analysis of contrast, noise, and bias. Dose normalized contrast to noise ratio (CNRD), inverse noise normalized by dose (IND) and bias are used as evaluation metrics to determine the optimal x-ray spectrum...
November 7, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Tao Liu, Shenghao Wang, Hao Liu, Bin Meng, Feng Zhou, Fan He, Xiaojian Shi, Huilin Yang
OBJECTIVE: To perform a meta-analysis to compare the diagnostic value of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), computed tomography (CT), positron emission tomography (PET), bone scintigraphy (BS) and BS with single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in detecting vertebral metastases. METHODS: Relevant original articles published from January 1995 to December 2015 were searched. Two reviewers independently extracted data. Software called "META-DiSc" was used to obtain pooled estimates of sensitivity, specificity, diagnostic odds ratio (DOR) and summary receiver operating characteristic (SROC) curves...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
Chadwick L Wright, Jun Zhang, Katherine Binzel, Evan J Wuthrick, Michael V Knopp
Imaging of Y internal pair production with conventional photomultiplier detector PET technology has been previously reported for patients with malignant/metastatic liver lesions treated with Y radioembolization (RE). We present a 54-year-old man with unresectable liver metastases from rectal carcinoma (involving the right and left lobes) who was referred for Y RE and subsequently imaged using new solid-state digital photon counting technology (Vereos 64 Time-of-Flight PET/CT; Philips, Cleveland, OH). Despite imaging at 26 hours following RE, digital PET/CT provides improved image quality and Y-to-background contrast as well as accurate visualization of Y biodistribution when compared with Bremsstrahlung SPECT/CT...
October 5, 2016: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Ana Abreu, Helena Santa Clara
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an established treatment for patients with moderate-to-severe chronic heart failure (CHF) and intraventricular conduction delay, which is identified by a QRS interval of 120msec or more on a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). CRT improved functional capacity, reduced hospitalizations for worsening CHF and increased survival. However, about 30-40% of patients who underwent CRT were non-responders with no clinical or echocardiographic improvement. Imaging parameters for prediction of CRT response have been reviewed...
October 14, 2016: Monaldi Archives for Chest Disease, Archivio Monaldi Per le Malattie del Torace
Adam Ali Ghotbi, Andreas Kjaer, Lars Nepper-Christensen, Kiril Aleksov Ahtarovski, Jacob Thomsen Lønborg, Niels Vejlstrup, Kasper Kyhl, Thomas Emil Christensen, Thomas Engstrøm, Henning Kelbæk, Lene Holmvang, Lia E Bang, Rasmus Sejersten Ripa, Philip Hasbak
BACKGROUND: Determining infarct size and myocardial salvage in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is important when assessing the efficacy of new reperfusion strategies. We investigated whether rest (82)Rb-PET myocardial perfusion imaging can estimate area at risk, final infarct size, and myocardial salvage index when compared to cardiac SPECT and magnetic resonance (CMR). METHODS: Twelve STEMI patients were injected with (99m)Tc-Sestamibi intravenously immediate prior to reperfusion...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Robert S Miletich
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Positron emission tomography (PET) and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) are now available for routine clinical applications in neurology. This article discusses their diagnostic use in dementia, brain tumors, epilepsy, parkinsonism, cerebrovascular disease, and traumatic brain injury. RECENT FINDINGS: Neuromolecular imaging, also known as nuclear neurology, involves clinical imaging of both basal regional physiology (perfusion, metabolism, and transport mechanisms) and specific neurochemical physiology (currently, only the dopamine transporter)...
October 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Samuel Lapalme-Remis, Gregory D Cascino
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article discusses structural and functional neuroimaging findings in patients with seizures and epilepsy. The indications for neuroimaging in these patients and the potential diagnostic utility of these studies are presented. RECENT FINDINGS: Patients presenting with new seizures typically require urgent imaging to rule out a critical underlying cause. MRI is the structural neuroimaging procedure of choice in individuals with epilepsy. Specific epilepsy protocols should be considered to increase the diagnostic yield of neuroimaging in patients with structural lesions associated with focal or generalized seizures...
October 2016: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Ho Won Lee, Prakash Gangadaran, Senthilkumar Kalimuthu, Byeong-Cheol Ahn
Tracking of immune cells in vivo is a crucial tool for development and optimization of cell-based therapy. Techniques for tracking immune cells have been applied widely for understanding the intrinsic behavior of immune cells and include non-radiation-based techniques such as optical imaging and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), radiation-based techniques such as computerized tomography (CT), and nuclear imaging including single photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) and positron emission tomography (PET)...
2016: BioMed Research International
Jean-François Sarrazin, François Philippon, Mikaël Trottier, Michel Tessier
Cardiovascular implantable electronic device (CIED) infection and prosthetic valve endocarditis (PVE) remain a diagnostic challenge. Cardiac imaging plays an important role in the diagnosis and management of patients with CIED infection or PVE. Over the past few years, cardiac radionuclide imaging has gained a key role in the diagnosis of these patients, and in assessing the need for surgery, mainly in the most difficult cases. Both (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) and radiolabelled white blood cell single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (WBC SPECT/CT) have been studied in these situations...
September 26, 2016: World Journal of Cardiology
Rosalba Mansi, Ryogo Minamimoto, Helmut Mäcke, Andrei H Iagaru
Imaging plays an important role in prostate cancer (PC), including accurate evaluation of the extent of disease, assessment of sites of recurrent disease, and monitoring of response to treatment. Molecular imaging techniques are among the novel developments related to the imaging of PC, and various SPECT and PET radiopharmaceuticals are now available in clinical trials or commercially. Here we describe the preclinical and clinical use of gastrin-releasing peptide receptors as targets for the imaging of PC, with a focus on the development of PET tracers for the imaging of gastrin-releasing peptide receptor-positive tumors...
October 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Jin Song, Zehui Wu, Phumvadee Wangtrakuldee, Seok Rye Choi, Zhihao Zha, Karl Ploessl, Robert H Mach, Hank F Kung
Aromatase (CYP19) is a rate-limiting enzyme that catalyzes the biosynthesis of estrogens. Imaging agents based on aromatase inhibitors (AIs) has been developed for a PET/SPECT study. A series of compounds was synthesized based on YM511, which has previously been used for breast cancer treatment. Two examples of these derivatives, 4-(((4-iodophenyl)methyl)-4H-1,2,4-triazol-4-yl-amino)-benzonitrile (5) and 4-((1H-imidazol-1-yl)(4-iodobenzyl)amino)benzonitrile (11), displayed potent binding affinities to human aromatase (IC50 = 0...
October 2, 2016: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Lisa M Rowley, Kevin M Bradley, Philip Boardman, Aida Hallam, Daniel R McGowan
: Imaging on a gamma camera with Yttrium-90 ((90)Y) following selective internal radiotherapy (SIRT) may allow for verification of treatment delivery but suffers relatively poor spatial resolution and imprecise dosimetry calculation. (90)Y Positron Emission Tomography (PET) / Computed Tomography (CT) imaging is possible on 3D, time-of-flight machines however images are usually poor due to low count statistics and noise. A new PET reconstruction software using a Bayesian penalized likelihood (BPL) reconstruction algorithm (termed Q...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Wolfgang P Fendler, Svenja Reinhardt, Harun Ilhan, Andreas Delker, Guido Böning, Franz J Gildehaus, Christian Stief, Peter Bartenstein, Christian Gratzke, Sebastian Lehner, Axel Rominger
Prostate cancer can be targeted by ligands to the prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA). We aimed to evaluate dosimetry, safety and efficacy of 177Lu-PSMA-617 radioligand therapy (RLT) in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC).Fifteen patients each received two cycles of 3.7 GBq (n = 5) or 6.0 GBq (n = 10) 177Lu-PSMA-617 at an eight to ten weeks interval. For safety monitoring, each treatment was followed by dosimetry with serial quantitative SPECT as well as inpatient and outpatient recording of adverse events...
September 24, 2016: Oncotarget
Marina Hodolic, Raffi Topakian, Robert Pichler
BACKGROUND: Epilepsy is a neurological disorder characterized by epileptic seizures as a result of excessive neuronal activity in the brain. Approximately 65 million people worldwide suffer from epilepsy; 20-40% of them are refractory to medication therapy. Early detection of disease is crucial in the management of patients with epilepsy. Correct localization of the ictal onset zone is associated with a better surgical outcome. The modern non-invasive techniques used for structural-functional localization of the seizure focus includes electroencephalography (EEG) monitoring, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), single photon emission tomography/computed tomography (SPECT/CT) and positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT)...
September 1, 2016: Radiology and Oncology
Camilla Bardram Johnbeck, Ulrich Knigge, Annika Loft, Anne Kiil Berthelsen, Jann Mortensen, Peter Oturai, Seppo Langer, Dennis Elema, Andreas Kjaer
: Somatostatin receptor imaging is a valuable tool in the diagnosis, follow-up and treatment planning of neuroendocrine tumor (NET) patients. Positron emission tomography (PET) based tracers using (68)Ga as the radioisotope have in most centers replaced single-photon emission tomography (SPECT) based tracers as the gold standard. (64)Cu-DOTATATE is a new PET tracer that has been shown to be far superior compared to the SPECT tracer (111)In-DTPA-octreotide. Due to advantages of (64)Cu compared to (68)Ga, we hypothesize that the tracer could have a higher sensitivity than (68)Ga-based tracers...
September 22, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
Csaba Juhász, Edit Bosnyák
Molecular imaging is playing an increasing role in the pretreatment evaluation of low-grade gliomas. While glucose positron emission tomography (PET) can be helpful to differentiate low-grade from high-grade tumors, PET imaging with amino acid radiotracers has several advantages, such as better differentiation between tumors and non-tumorous lesions, optimized biopsy targeting, and improved detection of tumor recurrence. This review provides a brief overview of single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) studies followed by a more detailed review of the clinical applications of glucose and amino acid PET imaging in low-grade hemispheric gliomas...
October 2016: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Carolin Reimann, Julia Brangsch, Federico Colletini, Thula Walter, Bernd Hamm, Rene M Botnar, Marcus R Makowski
This review summarizes the current status of molecular imaging of the extracellular matrix (ECM) in the context of atherosclerosis. Apart from cellular components, the ECM of the atherosclerotic plaque plays a relevant role during the initiation of atherosclerosis and its' subsequent progression. Important structural and signaling components of the ECM include elastin, collagen and fibrin. However, the ECM not only plays a structural role in the arterial wall but also interacts with different cell types and has important biological signaling functions...
September 14, 2016: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
R H Ireland, B A Tahir, J M Wild, C E Lee, M Q Hatton
For patients with lung cancer undergoing curative intent radiotherapy, functional lung imaging can be incorporated into treatment planning to modify the dose distribution within non-target volume lung by differentiation of lung regions that are functionally defective or viable. This concept of functional image-guided lung avoidance treatment planning has been investigated with several imaging modalities, primarily single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), but also hyperpolarised gas magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT)-based measures of lung biomechanics...
November 2016: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
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