PET Imaging

Positron emission tomography (PET) is a nuclear imaging technology (also referred to as molecular imaging) that enables visualization of metabolic processes in the body. The basics of PET imaging is that the technique detects pairs of gamma rays emitted indirectly by a positron-emitting radionuclide (also called radiopharmaceuticals, radionuclides or radiotracer). The tracer is injected into a vein on a biologically active molecule, usually a sugar that is used for cellular energy. PET systems have sensitive detector panels to capture gamma ray emissions from inside the body and use software to plot to triangulate the source of the emissions, creating 3-D computed tomography images of the tracer concentrations within the body.

News | May 16, 2011
May 16, 2011 — GE Healthcare today received the Price Performance Value Leadership Award in PET (positron emission...
News | April 22, 2011
April 22, 2011 – At the Society of Nuclear Medicine’s annual meeting, Philips will highlight several new imaging...
Technology | April 20, 2011
A new PET/CT scanner has been introduced that helps address the increasing cost pressures faced by healthcare...
News | April 19, 2011
SNM's Clinical Trials Network (CTN) last week validated its 100th scanner, an important milestone in CTN's two-and-a-...
News | March 11, 2011
March 11, 2011 – U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Lantheus Medical Imaging Inc. today reached agreement on...
Technology | March 10, 2011
March 10, 2011 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an abbreviated new drug application (ANDA)...
Feature | February 17, 2011 | Dave Fornell
Based on my observations and the devices that caught the eye of the doctors on the Diagnostic & Interventional...
News | February 16, 2011
February 8, 2011 — The only direct National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) traceable dose calibrator...
News | January 25, 2011
January 25, 2011 — Royal Philips Electronics has announced CE marking for the industry’s first commercially available...

One of the oddest items seen on the show floor was a cross-section of a real horse head preserved in plastic.

Feature | December 08, 2010 | Dave Fornell
Over the past several years, the focus on new technology at the annual Radiological Society of North America (RSNA)...

The Biograph mCT PET/CT scanner enables facilities to serve both the nuclear medicine and the radiology departments with one system. It offers CT configurations up to 128 slices. Siemens also offers the Symbia family of SPECT and SPECT/CT scanners.

Feature | December 06, 2010 | Dave Fornell
Technology in the field of nuclear cardiac imaging — single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and positron...

Hartford Hospital performs about 1,000 CardioGen-82 PET MPI scans per year. Its PET/CT camera is a GE Discovery LS four-slice.

Feature | December 06, 2010 | April Mann, BA, CNMT, NCT, RT(N)
As production of molybdenum-99 returns to normal with the Canadian Chalk River Laboratories reactor back online and...
News | November 22, 2010
November 22, 2010 – A new whole-body, integrated magnetic resonance imaging/positron emission tomography (MRI/PET)...
News | November 10, 2010
November 10, 2010 – During RSNA 2010, GE Healthcare will announce the availability of the Discovery NM/CT 670, an...
News | November 04, 2010
November 4, 2010 – GE Healthcare has signed an exclusive collaboration agreement with West Physics Consulting to...