SPECT Imaging

Single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) imaging is a nuclear imaging technology (also referred to as molecular imaging) that produces images showing how organs work. The is eanbled by the use of radiotracers, usually attached to sugars. The cells in the body metabolize the sugar and the nuclear images show areas of high and low sugar uptake. This allows imaging of ischemia or infarct in the heart or other organs, or areas of high sugar uptake caused by cancers, which usually have a much higher metabolism than health cells. 

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Recommended best practices for nuclear imaging departments under the COVIF-19 pandemic have been issues by the ASNC and SNMMI. #COVID19 #ASNC #SNMMI #Coronavirus #SARScov2
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This is 4MD’s cardiac nuclear imaging analysis software, shown here integrated with a ScImage cardiovascular information system (CVIS). Both companies displayed on the expo floor at ASNC 2019. The software creates a single page report seen here. PET perfusion imaging was a big topics at the conference. #ASNC #ASNC19 #ASNC2019

This is 4MD’s cardiac nuclear imaging analysis software, shown here integrated with a ScImage cardiovascular information system (CVIS). Both companies displayed on the expo floor at ASNC 2019. The software creates a single page report seen here. PET perfusion imaging was a big topic at the conference.

Feature | Nuclear Imaging | November 22, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor
There were a few key takeaways from the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) 2019 annual meeting in September...
Videos | Nuclear Imaging | November 07, 2019
Rob Beanlands, M.D., FASNC, 2019 American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) president, shares a couple trends he...
Philips Medical System is recalling its older Forte Gamma Camera SPECT imaging systems due to the possibility of the detectors falling off of the unit onto the patient. The two gamma cameras can bee seen in this photo on either side of the patient bed. These can be rotated above the patient.

Philips Medical System is recalling its older Forte Gamma Camera SPECT imaging systems due to the possibility of the detectors falling off of the unit onto the patient. The two gamma cameras can bee seen in this photo on either side of the patient bed. These can be rotated above the patient.

Feature | Molecular Imaging | November 05, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor
November 5, 2019 — Philips Medical System is recalling the Forte Gamma Camera System due to the potential for the 660-...
With the advent and optimization of nuclear scintigraphy protocols using bone-avid radiotracers, cardiac amyloidosis caused by transthyretin protein (ATTR) can now be diagnosed noninvasively without a costly tissue biopsy. The radiotracer 99mTc-pyrophosphate (99mTc-PYP) binds to deposited ATTR amyloid fibrils in the myocardium and can be visualized using planar and SPECT imaging. The image shows how SPECT allows the reader to distinguish between blood pool activity and radiotracer uptake.

With the advent and optimization of nuclear scintigraphy protocols using bone-avid radiotracers, cardiac amyloidosis caused by transthyretin protein (ATTR) can now be diagnosed noninvasively without a costly tissue biopsy. The radiotracer 99mTc-pyrophosphate (99mTc-PYP) binds to deposited ATTR amyloid fibrils in the myocardium and can be visualized using planar and SPECT imaging. This is Figure 2, showing how SPECT imaging allows the reader to distinguish between blood pool activity (ventricular cavity, etc) and myocardial activity and identify regional myocardial differences in radiotracer uptake.

Feature | Nuclear Imaging | July 22, 2019 | Christopher A. Hanson M.D., and Jamieson M. Bourque M.D., MHS
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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 cardiovascular...
A comparison of the first-ever image of a black hole released this week by the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration et al. and a cardiac nuclear imnaging exam. Left if the black hole, right, is a similar nuclear imaging exam of the heart showing a similar ischemic perfusion defect to the black hole.  Comparison of black hole photo to a cardiac exam.

A comparison of the first-ever image of a black hole released this week by the Event Horizon Telescope collaboration et al. and a cardiac nuclear imaging exam. Left is the black hole, and right is a similar nuclear imaging exam of the heart showing a similar ischemic perfusion defect to the black hole.  

Blog | Nuclear Imaging | April 12, 2019
This week, cardiologists learned for the first time they have been examining black holes for decades and did not know ...
This is 3-D blood flow view of blood flow through the chambers of a fetal heart using the GE Healthcare fetalHQ analysis software. #RSNA18 #RSNA #RSNA2018

This is a 3-D view of blood flow through the chambers of a fetal heart using the GE Healthcare fetalHQ analysis software.

Feature | RSNA | January 17, 2019 | Dave Fornell, Editor
Many of the latest advances in cardiovascular imaging technologies are unveiled each year at the Radiological Society...
Videos | December 12, 2018
This is a walk around of the new Spectrum Dynamics Veriton SPECT-CT nuclear imaging system introduced at the 2018...
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News | SPECT Imaging | December 06, 2018
December 6, 2018 — Single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) cardiac imaging company Spectrum Dynamics filed a...
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September 27, 2018 — Advancements in healthcare technology, particularly in the surgery category, have led to an...
Videos | ASNC | July 25, 2018
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25 Most Impactful Nuclear Cardiology Articles from the journal of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC).
News | July 24, 2018
July 24, 2018 — In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Journal of Nuclear Cardiology (JNC) is highlighting the top...