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December 14, 2018

The role and importance of patient and public involvement in nuclear medicine

(Vienna, December 14, 2018) Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement is defined as a dynamic core democratic principle where people affected by clinical interventions and research studies have the right to have a say in how they are treated and what and how research is undertaken. It is a close working collaboration between health professionals, patients and the public. By introducing patients and public opinions and inputs we immediately have two different viewpoints – the health professionals’ goal of furthering their professional outlook and the patients’ and public practical understanding of their condition and needs. However, little evidence of this trend is seen regarding patient and public involvement in nuclear medicine.

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August 21, 2018

Improving radiation protection

(Vienna, August 21, 2018) Nuclear medical techniques are essential in diagnosing a large number of diseases and in treating various kinds of cancer. Since nuclear medicine is based on the use of radioactively labelled substances patients are exposed to a certain amount of radiation. Although doses are low and have to be weighted against the high diagnostic and therapeutic benefit, the improvement of radiation protection is a main concern of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM). “Recently, EANM has joined forces with scientific organisations from related disciplines in order to specify risk estimations and promote cutting edge research which will serve as a basis for improving protective measures. Patients as well as staff are going to benefit considerably from these efforts”, says EANM expert Prof. Klaus Bacher.

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April 19, 2018

Alzheimer’s disease: Patients benefit from nuclear imaging

(Vienna, 19 April 2018) With the help of Positron emission tomography (PET) Alzheimer’s disease (AD) can be detected long before the onset of the symptoms by making beta-amyloid in the brain visible. However, since there is still no cure for AD the question has been raised if such a diagnosis is really beneficial for the patient or rather more of a burden. First results of a large study, currently under way, show that PET diagnosis helped to improve medical management and counseling in over 65% of the patients. “AD patients clearly benefit from nuclear imaging,” says Dr. Valentina Garibotto, expert of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM).

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October 16, 2017

World Spine Day 2017: Nuclear imaging targets the origins of back pain

(Vienna, October 16, 2017) Low back pain is an increasing and extremely widespread condition that becomes chronic in many patients, causing severe physical and emotional distress. Moreover, back pain is one of the leading causes of activity limitation and work absence all over the world and thus, has an enormous economic burden. Up to 80% of patients with back pain suffer from unspecific pain without identifiable cause. ”But for those patients who are suspected to have a pain generator responsible for their complaints imaging techniques such as SPECT/CT can open up the path to efficient treatment,” says Prof. Dr. Willm Uwe Kampen, expert from the Bone and Joint Committee of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) on the occasion of the World Spine Day 2017.

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May 10, 2017

New ways in health education: Funny cartoons help children through nuclear medical examinations

(Vienna, May 10, 2017) Nuclear medical examinations can be stressful for patients – particularly for children. But Sunny the Isotope, Tim the Tracer and Rob the Receptor help reduce the strain. These cartoon characters have been developed by Ronald van Rheenen, expert of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM). The Visual Education Project that gave birth to these characters provides child patients with ageappropriate information on the imaging examination. They make preparation rules easy to understand and lend a touch of fun and adventure to the procedure.

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March 21, 2017

Coronary heart disease: Functional imaging helps avoid unnecessary angiography and save costs

(Vienna, March 21, 2017) Heart catheterizations for assessing coronary heart disease are often unnecessary and can be replaced with functional cardiac imaging techniques. This is the result of a large-scale study recently conducted in the UK. “Functional cardiac imaging is less risky and less costly while providing accurate and reliable results. It is a good diagnostic starting point that should serve as gatekeeper for angiography,” says Prof. Riemer H.J.A. Slart, cardiovascular expert of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM).

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December 13, 2016

Prostate cancer: Identifying and destroying the tumour through nuclear medicine therapy

(Vienna, December 13, 2016) Prostate cancer patients who are resistant to hormone treatment used to have a poor prognosis. Until recently, the diagnostic and therapeutic possibilities had been limited, but now innovative developments in nuclear medicine imaging and therapy open up promising pathways. Novel substances used with PET/CT (positron-emission tomography combined with computed tomography) not only allow for better diagnosis but also offer treatment options where other therapies have failed. “This offers a glimpse of hope to patients who suffer from this particularly severe form of prostate cancer,” says EANM expert Prof. Markus Luster.

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September 6, 2016

Myocardial nuclear imaging: Minimizing the dose – preserving the diagnostic value

(Vienna, September 6, 2016) Cardiac scintigraphy plays an important role in the evaluation of patients with a suspicion or known coronary artery disease (angina pectoris, myocardial infarction), but submitted patients to higher levels of radiations in comparison to other imaging techniques. New detection systems (CZT cameras) have become available that offer to reduce dramatically the level of radiations associated to cardiac scintigraphy. “Using these new systems, we can provide cardiologists with critical information on the status of the vessels supplying blood within the heart and expose patients to only minimal levels of radiations ,” says Dr. Fabien Hyafil, expert of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM).

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July 26, 2016

Alzheimer’s disease: Pinpointing destructive tau tangles through novel imaging technique

(Vienna, July 26, 2016) New nuclear imaging techniques help to detect a key factor involved in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) much earlier and more precisely than before. Recently developed tracers, used with positron emission tomography (PET) make tau tangles in the brain visible. For the first time these deposits which cause severe neuronal malfunctions can be identified and investigated “live” in the brains of AD patients long before the onset of noticeable mental impairment. “This is an important step towards our goal to develop efficient drugs to fight and eventually cure AD”, says Dr Silvia Morbelli, expert of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM).

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November 5, 2015

Conditions in 2016 for reliable and sustainable supply of medical radioisotopes

AIPES is pleased to report on the recent demands regarding the supply of medical radioisotopes produced in reactor and more specifically Mo-99.

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November 5, 2015

Cardiovascular diseases: Detecting dangerous plaques in time

(Vienna, November 5, 2015) With 5 million deaths per year cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are the leading cause of mortality in Europe. In western countries over a third of the adults die from coronary artery disease and another 25 % from stroke. Unstable plaques in arteries , which play a significant role in CVD,often remain undetected until a dangerous stage has been reached. “Novel nuclear imaging techniques now enable us to identify these ‘time bombs’ much earlier and raise hope to be able to prevent them from becoming a threat to the patient’s life,” says Dr. Fabien Hyafil, expert of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM).

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July 13, 2015

Paediatric nuclear imaging: Minimizing the dose – maintaining the diagnostic value

The amount of radiation children are exposed to when undergoing nuclear medical examinations will be further reduced. This is due to new international guidelines that have been jointly set up by the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) and North American scientific societies.

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April 21, 2015

Tumor therapy: Making the right choice

For tumor patients the timely choice of the appropriate therapy is of vital importance. Nuclear medical methods such as PET (positron emission tomography) allow not only for targeting the tumor but also for assessing the treatment outcome soon after therapy onset. This enables doctors to change treatment if necessary and adapt it to the specific conditions and needs of their patients, says Prof. Stefano Fanti, expert of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM).

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April 9, 2015

5.500 nuclear medicine specialists will be in Hamburg this October

Hamburg is the host city of the 28th EANM Congress. The annual event of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) takes place from October 10 to October 14, 2015 in the Congress Centre Hamburg (CCH). Around 5.500 international visitors are expected to attend this year’s congress, including mainly specialists in the field of Nuclear medicine.

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February 27, 2015

AIPES announces the nuclear medicine Press & Media Award

AIPES is pleased to announce the Press & Online Media Award. This award will be for the best published article or online media feature between August 2014 and July 2015.

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January 20, 2015

Prostate cancer: Novel radiopharmaceuticals prolong survival of patients with bone metastases

At an advanced stage prostate cancer frequently leads to bone metastases which may result in pain, fractures, and disability and are associated with a poor prognosis. Recently a major breakthrough has been achieved which is about to improve the patients’ situation, as Prof. Markus Luster, expert of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM), points out: “Radium-223-dichloride is the first bone-targeted drug that not only alleviates symptoms but also prolongs the life expectancy of these patients. Study results give us reason to believe that this is a promising path in the treatment of bone metastases linked to prostate cancer and potentially to other tumour types.”

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