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IMV: PET scan volumes continue to grow

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In 2023 compared with 2022, the total volume of positron emission tomography (PET) scans increased 10.2% year over year, according to the newly published IMV 2024 PET Market Summary Report. In 2023, the average number of PET scans per fixed PET site (versus mobile PET) increased 6.7%

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Amyloid PET scans improve outcomes in AD patients

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Alzheimer’s disease patients with cognitive impairment or dementia who were referred for amyloid PET scans had fewer hospitalizations compared with a matched control group, according to a study published October 9 in JAMA Neurology. Each participant was matched to a control Medicare beneficiary who had not undergone amyloid PET.

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PET Scans Reveal ‘smoldering’ Inflammation in patients with Multiple sclerosis

Imaging Technology

The newly published study involved performing PET scans on 22 people with MS and eight healthy controls. Researchers measured the glial activity load on the PET scans, a new measure developed in Singhal’s lab where lab members looked at the level of smoldering inflammation from microglia in MS patients.

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Guidelines for Use of the PSMA-PET Scan for Prostate Cancer

Diagnostic Imaging

Two experts review SNMMI (Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging) guidelines for use of PSMA PET scans in prostate cancer detection, as well as awareness about this new modality within the patient community.

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PET scans may predict Parkinson's disease and Lewy body dementia in at-risk individuals

Medical Xpress: Radiology

In a small study, researchers at the National Institutes of Health have found that positron emission tomography (PET) scans of the heart may identify people who will go on to develop Parkinson's disease or Lewy body dementia among those at-risk for these diseases.

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Utilizing PSMA-PET Scan to Detect Prostate Cancer

Diagnostic Imaging

Experts highlight the use of PSMA PET scans as a recent and accurate imaging method for prostate cancer screening.

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What Does the Future Hold for Medicare Coverage of Amyloid PET Scans?

Diagnostic Imaging

Various organizations have applauded the decision by the CMS to remove National Coverage Determination (NCD) limitations to coverage for amyloid PET scans, including the limitation of Medicare or Medicaid coverage to one PET scan per a patient’s lifetime.