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Matteo Morrocchi, Giovanni Ambrosi, Maria Giuseppina Bisogni, Filippo Bosi, Marco Boretto, Piergiorgio Cerello, Maria Ionica, Ben Liu, Francesco Pennazio, Maria Antonietta Piliero, Giovanni Pirrone, Vasile Postolache, Richard Wheadon, Alberto Del Guerra
BACKGROUND: Monolithic scintillators read out by arrays of photodetectors represent a promising solution to obtain high spatial resolution and the depth of interaction (DOI) of the annihilation photon. We have recently investigated a detector geometry composed of a monolithic scintillator readout on two sides by silicon photomultiplier (SiPM) arrays, and we have proposed two parameters for the DOI determination: the difference in the number of triggered SiPMs on the two sides of the detector and the difference in the maximum collected signal on a single SiPM on each side...
December 2017: EJNMMI Physics
Daphnée Villoing, Sara Marcatili, Marie-Paule Garcia, Manuel Bardiès
The purpose of this work was to validate GATE-based clinical scale absorbed dose calculations in nuclear medicine dosimetry. GATE (version 6.2) and MCNPX (version 2.7.a) were used to derive dosimetric parameters (absorbed fractions, specific absorbed fractions and S-values) for the reference female computational model proposed by the International Commission on Radiological Protection in ICRP report 110. Monoenergetic photons and electrons (from 50 keV to 2 MeV) and four isotopes currently used in nuclear medicine (fluorine-18, lutetium-177, iodine-131 and yttrium-90) were investigated...
March 7, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
Craig S Levin, Sri Harsha Maramraju, Mohammad Mehdi Khalighi, Timothy W Deller, Gaspar Delso, Floris Jansen
A recent entry into the rapidly evolving field of integrated PET/MR scanners is presented in this paper: a whole body hybrid PET/MR system (SIGNA PET/MR, GE Healthcare) capable of simultaneous acquisition of both time-of-flight (TOF) PET and high resolution MR data. The PET ring was integrated into an existing 3T MR system resulting in a (patient) bore opening of 60 cm diameter, with a 25 cm axial FOV. The PET ring is placed between the shielded RF body coil and the gradient coils. The PET detectors are based on silicon photomultipliers coupled to lutetium based scintillators...
March 9, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging
Giacomo Traini, Giuseppe Battistoni, Angela Bollella, Francesco Collamati, Erika De Lucia, Riccardo Faccini, Fernando Ferroni, Paola Maria Frallicciardi, Carlo Mancini-Terracciano, Michela Marafini, Ilaria Mattei, Federico Miraglia, Silvia Muraro, Riccardo Paramatti, Luca Piersanti, Davide Pinci, Antoni Rucinski, Andrea Russomando, Alessio Sarti, Adalberto Sciubba, Martina Senzacqua, Elena Solfaroli-Camillocci, Marco Toppi, Cecilia Voena, Vincenzo Patera
Charged particle therapy is a technique for cancer treatment that exploits hadron beams, mostly protons and carbon ions. A critical issue is the monitoring of the beam range so to check the correct dose deposition to the tumor and surrounding tissues. The design of a new tracking device for beam range real-time monitoring in pencil beam carbon ion therapy is presented. The proposed device tracks secondary charged particles produced by beam interactions in the patient tissue and exploits the correlation of the charged particle emission profile with the spatial dose deposition and the Bragg peak position...
January 19, 2017: Physica Medica: PM
Jonathan Strosberg, Ghassan El-Haddad, Edward Wolin, Andrew Hendifar, James Yao, Beth Chasen, Erik Mittra, Pamela L Kunz, Matthew H Kulke, Heather Jacene, David Bushnell, Thomas M O'Dorisio, Richard P Baum, Harshad R Kulkarni, Martyn Caplin, Rachida Lebtahi, Timothy Hobday, Ebrahim Delpassand, Eric Van Cutsem, Al Benson, Rajaventhan Srirajaskanthan, Marianne Pavel, Jaime Mora, Jordan Berlin, Enrique Grande, Nicholas Reed, Ettore Seregni, Kjell Öberg, Maribel Lopera Sierra, Paola Santoro, Thomas Thevenet, Jack L Erion, Philippe Ruszniewski, Dik Kwekkeboom, Eric Krenning
Background Patients with advanced midgut neuroendocrine tumors who have had disease progression during first-line somatostatin analogue therapy have limited therapeutic options. This randomized, controlled trial evaluated the efficacy and safety of lutetium-177 ((177)Lu)-Dotatate in patients with advanced, progressive, somatostatin-receptor-positive midgut neuroendocrine tumors. Methods We randomly assigned 229 patients who had well-differentiated, metastatic midgut neuroendocrine tumors to receive either (177)Lu-Dotatate (116 patients) at a dose of 7...
12, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
Ketan Patel, Victoria Blair, Justin Douglas, Qilin Dai, Yaohua Liu, Shenqiang Ren, Raymond Brennan
Lanthanide (Ln(3+)) doping in alumina has shown great promise for stabilizing and promoting desirable phase formation to achieve optimized physical and chemical properties. However, doping alumina with Ln elements is generally accompanied by formation of new phases (i.e. LnAlO3, Ln2O3), and therefore inclusion of Ln-doping mechanisms for phase stabilization of the alumina lattice is indispensable. In this study, Ln-doping (400 ppm) of the alumina lattice crucially delays the onset of phase transformation and enables phase population control, which is achieved without the formation of new phases...
January 6, 2017: Scientific Reports
Andrew B Satterlee, Juan D Rojas, Paul A Dayton, Leaf Huang
Aggressive, desmoplastic tumors are notoriously difficult to treat because of their extensive stroma, high interstitial pressure, and resistant tumor microenvironment. We have developed a combination therapy that can significantly slow the growth of large, stroma-rich tumors by causing massive apoptosis in the tumor center while simultaneously increasing nanoparticle uptake through a treatment-induced increase in the accumulation and retention of nanoparticles in the tumor. The vascular disrupting agent Combretastatin A-4 Phosphate (CA4P) is able to increase the accumulation of radiation-containing nanoparticles for internal radiation therapy, and the retention of these delivered radioisotopes is maintained over several days...
2017: Theranostics
Giampiero Giovacchini, Elisabetta Giovannini, Mattia Riondato, Andrea Ciarmiello
Neuroendocrine differentiation of prostate cancer (PCa) is a relatively frequent event, generally understudied, that carries important prognostic information. It is most frequently observed during the advanced stages of disease, when PCa has lost its sensitivity to androgen deprivation therapy or to chemotherapy, moderate to diffuse bone metastatic spread dominates the imaging scenario and it is responsible for painful clinical symptomatology. However, evidences indicate that neuroendocrine differentiation is a progressive phenomenon that starts at the very early part of the pathogenesis of cancer transformation contributing to it...
December 29, 2016: Current Radiopharmaceuticals
Daoming Xi, Xiang Liu, Chen Zeng, Wei Liu, Yanzhao Li, Yuexuan Hua, Xiongze Mei, Heejong Kim, Peng Xiao, Chien-Min Kao, Qingguo Xie
We report the development of a modularized compact positron emission tomography (PET) detector that outputs serial streams of digital samples of PET event pulses via an Ethernet interface using the UDP/IP protocol to enable rapid configuration of a PET system by connecting multiple such detectors via a network switch to a computer. Presently, the detector is [Formula: see text] in extent (excluding I/O connectors) and contains an [Formula: see text] array of [Formula: see text] one-to-one coupled lutetium-yttrium oxyorthosilicate/silicon photomultiplier pixels...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
Maryam Khazaee Moghadam, Alireza Kamali Asl, Parham Geramifar, Habib Zaidi
PURPOSE: The aim of this work is to evaluate the application of tissue-specific dose kernels instead of water dose kernels to improve the accuracy of patient-specific dosimetry by taking tissue heterogeneities into consideration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Tissue-specific dose point kernels (DPKs) and dose voxel kernels (DVKs) for yttrium-90 ((90)Y), lutetium-177 ((177)Lu), and phosphorus-32 ((32)P) are calculated using the Monte Carlo (MC) simulation code GATE (version 7)...
December 2016: Cancer Biotherapy & Radiopharmaceuticals
Wolfgang Roll, Axel Bode, Matthias Weckesser, Martin Bögemann, Kambiz Rahbar
Recently radiolabeled ligands targeting prostate specific membrane antigen (PSMA) have been introduced for diagnostics and treatment of prostate cancer. Labeled with Lutetium, PSMA radioligand therapy (RLT) is one of the most promising new treatments of metastatic castration refractory prostate cancer. We present images of Ga-PSMA PET/CT and parameters of response of a 75-year-old heavily pretreated metastatic castration refractory prostate cancer patient with extended bone metastases, showing an extraordinary biochemical response in PSA-levels concordant to SUV decline in bone metastases...
February 2017: Clinical Nuclear Medicine
Charles R Schmidtlein, James N Turner, Michael O Thompson, Krishna C Mandal, Ida Häggström, Jiahan Zhang, John L Humm, David H Feiglin, Andrzej Krol
Using analytical and Monte Carlo modeling, we explored performance of a lightweight wearable helmet-shaped brain positron emission tomography (PET), or BET camera, based on thin-film digital Geiger avalanche photodiode arrays with Lutetium-yttrium oxyorthosilicate (LYSO) or [Formula: see text] scintillators for imaging in vivo human brain function of freely moving and acting subjects. We investigated a spherical cap BET and cylindrical brain PET (CYL) geometries with 250-mm diameter. We also considered a clinical whole-body (WB) LYSO PET/CT scanner...
January 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging
Sun Il Kwon, Alessandro Ferri, Alberto Gola, Eric Berg, Claudio Piemonte, Simon R Cherry, Emilie Roncali
Current research in the field of positron emission tomography (PET) focuses on improving the sensitivity of the scanner with thicker detectors, extended axial field-of-view, and time-of-flight (TOF) capability. These create the need for depth-of-interaction (DOI) encoding to correct parallax errors. We have proposed a method to encode DOI using phosphor-coated crystals. Our initial work using photomultiplier tubes (PMTs) demonstrated the possibilities of the proposed method, however, a major limitation of PMTs for this application is poor quantum efficiency in yellow light, corresponding to the wavelengths of the converted light by the phosphor coating...
October 2016: Journal of Medical Imaging
Dale L Bailey, Thomas M Hennessy, Kathy P Willowson, E Courtney Henry, David Lh Chan, Alireza Aslani, Paul J Roach
OBJECTIVES: Lutetium-177 can be made with high specific activity and with no other isotopes of lutetium present, referred to as "No Carrier Added" (NCA) (177)Lu. We have radiolabelled DOTA-conjugated peptide DOTA-(Tyr(3))-octreotate with NCA (177)Lu ("NCA-LuTATE") and used it in nearly 40 therapeutic administrations for subjects with neuroendocrine tumours or meningiomas. In this paper, we report on our initial studies on aspects of the biodistribution and dosimetry of NCA-LuTATE from gamma camera 2D whole body (WB) and quantitative 3D SPECT (qSPECT) (177)Lu imaging...
2016: Asia Oceania Journal of Nuclear Medicine & Biology
M M Heck, M Retz, R Tauber, K Knorr, C Kratochwil, M Eiber
Radioligand therapy (RLT) directed against prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) enables tumor-specific treatment directed against PSMA-overexpressing prostate cancer cells. Several PSMA ligands such as PSMA-617 or PSMA-I&T have been developed that can be labeled with β‑radiating lutetium-177. These are currently applied in compassionate use programs to treat metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). PSMA-directed RLT is currently being offered in several nuclear medicine departments throughout Germany...
January 2017: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
Juliano Guerra Sabongi, Mônica Carboni Pereira Gonçalves, Cira Danielle Casado Alves, João Alves, Cristovam Scapulatempo-Neto, Sonia Marta Moriguchi
Esthesioneuroblastoma (ENB), also known as olfactory neuroblastoma, is a rare malignant tumor that accounts for 3% of all tumors of the nasal cavity. The incidence of ENB is 0.4 cases per million in the general population, and the most common symptoms are nasal obstruction and epistaxis. Previous studies have indicated the presence of somatostatin receptors in this tumor type. Common treatment strategies for ENB include resection and adjuvant radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy (combined treatment); however, the rate of recurrence is high...
November 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Yean-Sheng Yong, Shanmugam Aravazhi, Sergio A Vázquez-Córdova, Joan J Carjaval, Francesc Díaz, Jennifer L Herek, Sonia M García-Blanco, Markus Pollnau
We study the spectroscopic properties of thin films of potassium ytterbium gadolinium double tungstates, KYb<sub>0.57</sub>Gd<sub>0.43</sub>(WO<sub>4</sub>)<sub>2</sub>, and potassium ytterbium lutetium double tungstates, KYb<sub>0.76</sub>Lu<sub>0.24</sub>(WO<sub>4</sub>)<sub>2</sub>, specifically at the central absorption line near 981 nm wavelength, which is important for amplifiers and lasers. The absorption cross-section of both thin films is found to be similar to those of bulk potassium rare-earth double tungstates, suggesting that the crystalline layers retain their spectroscopic properties albeit having >50 at...
November 14, 2016: Optics Express
H Al-Sagur, S Komathi, M A Khan, A G Gurek, A Hassan
Herein, we report a scalable synthesis of multifunctional conducting polyacrylic acid (PAA) hydrogel (MFH) integrated with reduced grapheme oxide (rGO), vinyl substituted polyaniline (VS-PANI) and lutetium Phthalocyanine (LuPc2) as three dimensional robust matrix for glucose oxidase (GOx) immobilization (PAA-rGO/VS-PANI/LuPc2/GOx-MFH). We have integrated the multicomponents such as PAA with rGO, and VS-PANI through free radical polymerization using methylene bis-acrylamide, and ammonium persulphate as the cross linker and initiator...
October 19, 2016: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
Daniel Espes, Ramkumar Selvaraju, Irina Velikyan, Martin Krajcovic, Per-Ola Carlsson, Olof Eriksson
BACKGROUND: There is an increasing interest in alternative implantation sites to the liver for islet transplantation. Intramuscular implantation has even been tested clinically. Possibilities to monitor β-cell mass would be of huge importance not only for the understanding of islet engraftment but also for the decision of changing the immunosuppressive regime. We have therefore evaluated the feasibility of quantifying intramuscular β-cell mass using the radiolabeled glucagon like peptide-1 receptor agonist DO3A-VS-Cys(40)-Exendin-4...
August 2016: Transplantation Direct
Bin Wang, Lailai Yan, Wenhua Huo, Qun Lu, Zixi Cheng, Jingxu Zhang, Zhiwen Li
Studies have shown that residents living near rare earth mining areas have high concentrations of rare earth elements (REEs) in their hair. However, the adverse effects of REEs on human health have rarely been the focus of epidemiological studies. The goal of this study was to evaluate the relationship between REEs in hair and the risk of hypertension in housewives. We recruited 398 housewives in Shanxi Province, China, consisting of 163 women with hypertension (cases) and 235 healthy women without hypertension (controls)...
January 2017: Environmental Pollution
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