Omicron’s Impact on PET-CT Scans

Omicron's Impact on PET-CT Scans

The Omicron variant may be responsible for a new FDG PET/CT uptake pattern discovered early this year. The Society for Nuclear Imaging and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) COVID-19 Task Force issued a news release on January 14, 2022, recommending that radiologists consider a previously undetected FDG PET/CT pattern may be associated with the Omicron variant of…

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Imaging Study Confirms COVID Infections Milder in Vaccinated Individuals

Imaging Study Confirms COVID Infections Milder in Vaccinated Individuals

Compelling new research, confirmed by imaging and clinical characteristics, confirm that breakthrough COVID-19 infections are less severe in vaccinated individuals. Research, led by Dr. Jong Eun Lee of Chonnam National University Hospital in Dong-gu, Gwangju, South Korea, was published February 1 in Radiology. The study supports other evidence that vaccines reduce the severity of COVID-19…

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Study Shows CT Screening Reduces Lung Cancer Deaths

Study Shows CT Screening Reduces Lung Cancer Deaths

Recent research published in JAMA Network Open confirms that CT lung cancer scanning reduces lung cancer deaths. A retrospective study examined the records of 312,382 patients from the SEER program diagnosed with non-small cell lung cancer who received CT lung scans between 2006 and 2016. The study confirmed that patients with early-stage disease experience improved…

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PET Scans Help Decisions In ER And Breast Cancer

PET Scans Help Decisions In ER + Breast Cancer

A study has found 100% accuracy for subsequent outcomes with hormonal therapy A small prospective study showed that PET imaging of the progesterone receptor (PgR) response to an estradiol challenge the usual predicted breast cancer response to hormonal therapy. PET with a progestin-analog tracer showed increased PgR levels, indicative of functional estrogen receptors (ERs), in…

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