By Takeshi Shimizu, PhD
The best of both worlds
Scientists and physicians from Siemens Healthineers
describe the motivations and innovations behind the development of a PET/CT
scanner that combines the best of both worlds: an extended axial field of view
(FoV) with industry-leading detector technology.
Original Dutch text by Remco Zuiderent (Fortelle)
A practical approach to cardiac PET/CT
SPECT/CT is the most common nuclear medicine imaging modality used to visualize blood circulation in the heart; however, in an increasing number of locations, facilities are switching to PET/CT. The Northwest Clinics in the Netherlands has been one of the region’s pioneers in deploying cardiac PET/CT on a large-scale clinical basis.
GOSH photography: Andrea Artz
Illustration by Dmitri Broido
Data courtesy of Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, UK
In pediatrics, young patients may not be able to communicate the exact location and intensity of the pain they’re experiencing. Nuclear medicine physicians are learning how to share visual findings from SPECT/CT with referring orthopedic surgeons, resulting in improved collaboration and outcomes.
Photography/Illustration by Brett Winter Lemon/Joseph Schmidt-Klingenberg
Given the ever-changing healthcare landscape—one that is now even more fluid and volatile since the arrival of SARS-CoV-2—education and collaboration between nuclear medicine professionals and their colleagues are key to expanding and optimizing nuclear medicine’s utilization.
Photography/Illustration by Brett Winter Lemon/Dmitri Broido
Data courtesy of Carilion Roanoke Memorial, VA, USA
The treatment of musculoskeletal pain is a precise practice that requires accurate localization of possible pain generators. Given SPECT/CT's intrinsic anatomical and physiological imaging properties, it is an ideal choice in helping musculoskeletal medicine practitioners locate pain origins and develop effective treatment plans.
Hildegard Kaulen, PhD
Photography by Carsten Büll
Gallium-68 and fluorine-18-labeled PSMA ligands, imaged using PET/CT, are set to become a useful tool for primary staging and recurrence diagnosis in prostate cancer.
Photography by Alex Teuscher | Illustration by Clint Poy
SPECT/CT imaging is a ubiquitous tool that aides clinicians in making prompt diagnoses and developing personalized treatment strategies. With the addition of an automated tool that consistently produces reliable, quantitative measurements, providers explain how they are able to integrate quantification into their routine SPECT/CT protocols.
Photography by Ronald Patrick
At Siemens Healthineers’ recent Molecular Imaging World Summit, nuclear medicine and molecular imaging professionals were optimistic about the future as they examined trends, research, and technological advancements.The Summit fostered inspired discussion around opportunities for molecular imaging.
Photography by Miquel Gonzalez
In molecular imaging, the smallest details can make a significant difference when it comes to reporting, sharing, and reading studies. By equipping their nuclear medicine and molecular imaging department with a revolutionary reading solution, Instituut Verbeeten in the Netherlands aims to deliver accurate and efficient medical care.
Data courtesy of Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois (CHUV), Lausanne, Switzerland
Colleen R. Smith, MBA
Photography by Alex Teuscher
SPECT/CT imaging is invaluable as we move toward precision medicine, and the significant addition of reliable quantitative measurements only enhances SPECT/CT’s opportunities. But as quantitative SPECT/CT looks to establish an active role in the next era of healthcare, the extent of its impact continues to be defined.