Molecular Imaging

Nuclear imaging, also called molecular imaging, includes positron emission computed tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging. This section includes radiopharmaceuticals and tracers, PET-CT, SPECT-CT, and PET-MRI. Molecular imaging includes the field of nuclear medicine, which uses very small amounts of radioactive materials, or radiopharmaceuticals, to diagnose and treat disease.

ASNC Announces Multisocietal Cardiac Amyloidosis Imaging Consensus
News | Cardiac Imaging | September 09, 2019
September 9, 2019 — The American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) published a new expert consensus document along...
A 3-D printed tungsten pre-clinical X-ray system collimator. 3D printed, additive manufacturing for medical imaging.

A 3-D printed tungsten pre-clinical X-ray system collimator. The tungsten alloy powder is printed into the form desired and is laser fused so it can be machined and finished. Previously, making collimators from Tungsten was labor intensive because it required working with sheets of the metal to create the collimator matrix. 

Feature | Medical 3-D Printing | September 04, 2019 | By Steve Jeffery
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A SPECT nuclear scan of the heart to show perfusion defects in the myocardium due to coronary artery blockages or heart attack. The imaging uses the Mo-99 based medical imaging isotope Tc-99m. The U.S. government has created policy to move away from use of highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU) for Mo-99 isotope production, but there is one hold out who has not yet converted before a 2020 deadline. Photo courtesy of Philips Healthcare.

A SPECT nuclear scan of the heart to show perfusion defects in the myocardium due to coronary artery blockages or heart attack. The imaging uses the Mo-99 based medical imaging isotope Tc-99m. The U.S. government has created policy to move away from use of highly enriched uranium (HEU) to low-enriched uranium (LEU) for Mo-99 isotope production, but there is one holdout who has not yet converted before a 2020 deadline. Photo courtesy of Philips Healthcare.

Feature | Nuclear Imaging | August 30, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor
In a surprising move, the National Institute for Radioelements (IRE) has applied for a new license to export highly...
University of Alabama at Birmingham Leading Production of Theranostic Radioisotope

Image courtesy of the University of Alabama at Birmingham

News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 29, 2019
August 27, 2019 — The University of Alabama at Birmingham, in conjunction with researchers at the University of...
United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Installation of uExplorer Total-body PET/CT
News | PET-CT | August 15, 2019
August 15, 2019 — United Imaging announced that its uExplorer total-body...
ASRT Supports Radiopharmaceutical Reimbursement Bill
News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | August 02, 2019
August 2, 2019 — The American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) announced its support for House Resolution (HR...
International Multidisciplinary Group Publishes Recommendations for Personalized HCC Treatment With Y90 TheraSphere
News | Interventional Radiology | July 31, 2019
July 31, 2019 — New consensus recommendations for personalized treatment for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) with BTG’s...
NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Awarded $30 Million by U.S. Department of Energy
News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 26, 2019
July 26, 2019 — NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC has been awarded $15 million in a cooperative agreement with the U....
NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes Completes Construction on Beloit, Wis. Molybdenum-99 Processing Facility
News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 16, 2019
July 16, 2019 – NorthStar Medical Radioisotopes LLC  announced completion of construction on its 20,000-square-foot...
Bracco Imaging Acquires Blue Earth Diagnostics
News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | July 01, 2019
July 1, 2019 — Bracco Imaging S.p.A. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Blue Earth Diagnostics, a...

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Feature | Molecular Imaging | July 01, 2019 | By Sharvari Rale
Diagnostic procedures have always been a cornerstone of early prognosis and patient triaging. With a mass preference...
DOSIsoft Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Planet Onco Dose Software
Technology | Information Technology | June 20, 2019
June 20, 2019 — DOSIsoft announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to...
United Imaging Announces First U.S. Clinical Install of uMI 550 Digital PET/CT System
News | PET-CT | June 19, 2019
June 19, 2019 — United Imaging announced the first U.S. clinical installation of the uMI 550 Digital...
International Working Group Releases New Multiple Myeloma Imaging Guidelines

X-ray images such as the one on the left fail to indicate many cases of advanced bone destruction caused by multiple myeloma, says the author of new guidelines on imaging for patients with myeloma and related disorders. Image courtesy of Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center.

News | Computed Tomography (CT) | June 17, 2019
June 17, 2019 — An International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has developed the first set of new recommendations in 10...
A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse

Figure 1. A high-fidelity 3-D tractography of the left ventricle heart muscle fibers of a mouse from Amsterdam Ph.D. researcher Gustav Strijkers.

News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | June 07, 2019
June 7, 2019 — The Amsterdam University Medical Center has won MR Solutions’ Image of the Year 2019 award for the best...
BGN Technologies Introduces Novel Medical Imaging Radioisotope Production Method
News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | June 05, 2019
June 5, 2019 – BGN Technologies, the technology transfer company of Ben-Gurion University (BGU), introduced a novel...
RefleXion Opens New Manufacturing Facility for Biology-guided Radiotherapy Platform
News | Radiation Therapy | May 31, 2019
May 31, 2019 — RefleXion Medical recently announced the opening of its new manufacturing facility at its headquarters...
Study Explores Magnetic Nanoparticles as Bimodal Imaging Agent for PET/MRI

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News | PET-MRI | May 23, 2019
May 23, 2019 — Researchers from Bourgogne University in Dijon, France, showed that use of superparamagnetic iron oxide...
New Phase 2B Trial Exploring Target-Specific Myocardial Ischemia Imaging Agent
News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 17, 2019
May 17, 2019 — Biopharmaceutical company CellPoint plans to begin patient recruitment for its Phase 2b...
Blue Earth Diagnostics Expands Access to Axumin in Europe
News | Radiopharmaceuticals and Tracers | May 13, 2019
May 13, 2019 — Blue Earth Diagnostics announced expanded access to the Axumin (fluciclovine (18F))...