New PET Imaging Technique May Detect Cancer More Easily

June 8, 2015

Researchers say a new PET imaging system provides doctors with a “whole body map” to detect cancerous tumors.

A breakthrough in imaging techniques could significantly improve early detection and care for people with cancer, especially those with multiple tumors. The research will be announced today at the 2015 annual meeting of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) in Baltimore, Maryland.

Scientists have developed a technique for clinical PET (positron emission tomography) imaging that uses innovative bed positioning and advanced data analysis. The method also uses a chemical tracer that aids in the detection of tumor lesions.

The new approach allows the creation of whole body “maps” from which radiologists can make evaluations of tumors and metastases as well as secondary malignant growths that occur away from the primary cancer site.

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