Imaging

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New Way to Do PET Scans

  There’s a better way to do a PET scan, by using radiotracer fluciclovine (fluorine-18; F-18) (Journal of Nuclear Medicine, March 2017) According to researcher Ashesh B. Jani, MD, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, fluciclovine can improve imaging in recurrent prostate cancer patients with no additional radiation side effects. An improved PET [...]

18F-Fluciclovine PET/CT Superior to 11C-Choline PET/CT for the Detection of a Prostate Cancer Relapse

We have all been ever increasingly aware of the weakness of our scanning technologies when it comes to both diagnosing prostate cancer and its recurrence. Given that about 1/3 of all primary treatments for prostate cancer will fail and the cancer will return it is vital that we improve our ability to detect prostate cancer [...]

Decatur Memorial Hospital Now Offers A C-11 Choline PET CT To Men With Recurrent Prostate Cancer

According to a press release from the Decatur Memorial Hospital in Decatur Ill., after their having completed a clinical trial evaluating C-11 Choline PET CT and in men who have suffered a biochemical relapse of prostate cancer, they are now offering the C-11 Choline PET CT commercially. C-11 Choline uses an FDA approved tracer which, [...]

Comparing (18)F-FACBC (anti1-amino-3-(18)F-fluorocyclobutane-1-carboxylic acid) and (11)C-choline PET/CT in Prostate Cancer Relapse

There has been a lot of hype and confusion about what is the best contrast for prostate cancer PET/CT scans. The two newest contrasts; (18)F-FACBC (anti1-amino-3-(18)F-fluorocyclobutane-1-carboxylic acid) and (11)C-choline both have their supporters and their detractors. To try and evaluate the efficacy differences between these two contrasts in men who have suffered a bio-chemical recurrence [...]

PET/CT Scans More Sensitive Than CT and Bone Scans For Detecting Metastatic Prostate Cancer

According to an article in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, researchers compared a PET/CT scan using the radiotracer F-18 DCFBC to conventional imaging modalities — an expanded Tc-99m-methylene diphosphonate (MDP) bone scan and contrast-enhanced CT of the chest, abdomen and pelvis — to detect prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA), which is associated with prostate cancer metastases. [...]

A Real Life Experience Using A C-11 Choline Scan To Combat A Prostate Cancer Recurrence

In response to the post I wrote about Choline C-11 on December 11, 2013 Choline C-11 A Second Shot To Halt the Cancer After Primary Treatment Failure one of our group members contact me and shared that he was scheduled to have a similar scan. I asked if he would be willing to share his [...]

Video Description of the the C-11 Choline Scan by Dr. E. Kwon From the PCRI Conference

At last year's PCRI Patient Conference Dr. Eugene Kwon from the Mayo Clinic gave a talk about the use of the C-11 Choline PET Scan for me with castrate resistant prostate cancer who have had a recurrence. Specifically, he described his patients as "Failure Patients" or advanced prostate cancer patients who have failed primary treatments [...]

On The Horizon- MRI Guided Ultrasound Ablation of Prostate Cancer Tumors

In 1999 there was a new company started, InSightec, when GE Healthcare and Elbit Medical imaging joined their technologies to develop and manufacture non-invasive magnetic resonance (MRI) guided focused ultrasound technologies. The company has been in the process of developing a system that combines MRIs with ultrasound to non-surgically destroy fibroids and tumors. The company [...]

The FDA Approves a New Non-Invasive, Non-Ionizing Radiation Therapy to Treat Pain from Bone Metastases

The big news from yesterday is that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a MRI-guided, focused ultrasound therapy for the treatment of bone pain associated with metastatic advanced prostate cancer. In a media release written by InSight, an Israeli company states that its ExAblate® MRI-guided, focused ultrasound technology is indicated to treat pain [...]

More Information About C11 Choline Scans & Some of the Other Alternative Scans Used to ID Focal Advanced Prostate Cancer Recurrences

Off-line I have received a number of additional questions about the use of imaging with c11 choline (see my post at http://advancedprostatecancer.net/?p=3433). The questions ranged from what is c11 choline to how it compares to some of the other more sensitive PET scans contrasts that are being used to identify specific locations of recurrent advanced [...]