"Imaging has an important role in patient care. Developments in solid-state technology in Nuclear Medicine will enable whole body imaging with several tracers simultaneously, improving efficiency and diagnostic capabilities. Novel tracers, now mainly for PET but hopefully also for SPECT, will expand the diagnostic capabilities in Nuclear Medicine with impact on patient management.
Further progress in hybrid/multi-modality imaging will result in blurring of the borders between anatomical and functional imaging. Nuclear Medicine studies will be integrated into functional and anatomical imaging, regardless of the modality. This will enable more accurate and cost-efficient diagnosis and therapy as well as specific assessment suitable for each patient, i.e. personalized medicine.
Cost containment will drive personalized medicine, in which the various imaging modalities have a major role." - Professor Simona Ben-Haim
"Modern medical imaging is now able to capture a large amount of quantifiable biological information in a single examination. This multi-parametric approach is particularly applicable to the imaging of cancer where it can provide more accurate prognostic information and greater sophistication in the evaluation of response to treatment. Multi-parametric imaging therefore has the potential to improve outcomes for patients with cancer by contributing to ersonalised medicine in which imaging is an important factor in tailoring a patient’s treatment to their particular tumour."
- Professor Ken Miles
|"As biomedical advances continue to be made in the laboratory, the scope for radionuclide techniques to study physiology will expand, as for example the trafficking of stem cells. Physiological studies with radionuclides will also benefit from advances in hybrid imaging, as a result of improved anatomical co-registration of target processes, for example tissue glucose metabolism as traced by 18F-deoxyglucose and other tracer techniques based on newer novel positron-emitting tracers. Radionuclide techniques are well suited to these studies because they are non-invasive and, because the quantities of tracers administered are so small, they do not disturb, unlike say MRI agents, the processes being studied." - Professor Peters|
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