PET technology and MRI to reduce testing

PET technology and MRI to reduce testing

The combination of two advanced technologies such Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and the Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allowed in a single team a Early detection with the highest precision in a single test. This allows clinicians to apply treatments faster and more efficiently, especially in cancer patients, in neurological and neurodegenerative diseases, and in some cardiac pathologies.

PET/MR, a combination of PET and MR, is a technology that is being introduced in Spain. Therefore, GE Healthcare and the Quaes Biomedical Institutefunded by the Quaes Foundation, a Course for experienced technicians Diagnostic and Nuclear Medicine Imaging, Graduate Nursing (DUE), Nuclear Medicine and Radiodiagnostics Resident Medical Interns (MIR), Nuclear Medicine and Radiodiagnostics Specialists, and other related specialists.

The course, organized in collaboration with the University of Pompeu Fabra and which takes place from March 28th to May 29th, will be taught by professionals from the Ascires Biomedical Group. Ascires was and is already a pioneer in using this technology more than 4 years of experience in its handling, having installed the first digital PET/MR in Spain in its Cetir Ascires Viladomat medical center in 2018.

Thus, nuclear medicine doctors, radiologists, imaging technicians, nurses or physicists specialized in this innovative technology will share their experience and knowledge with the students in one Training developed from practice which is supported by the Catalan Society for Nuclear Medicine and the Society for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging of Valencia and Murcia. In addition, it complies since it is accredited by the University of Alcalá 2 ECTS.


By using this technology, additional tests can be avoided

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Using a PET/MRI machine could avoid additional testing in many patients, resulting in savings in healthcare costs and faster diagnosis. In addition, it means 60% less radiation compared to technologies such as PET/CT.

In accordance with Gaspar DelsoSr Scientist Cardiac MR, from GE Healthcare, “It’s not just about the tests you do on certain groups of typical pathologies, it’s about the tests you avoid patients, so end up adding tests and therapies A PET/MRI team is very worthwhileboth for the care centers and for the patients themselves who benefit the most”.

The use of this device is determined by the need for the sensitivity of positron tomography in a patient, but at the same time the doctor believes that he needs it flexibility and versatility of pulse sequence and contrast in soft tissue of an MRI. For this reason it is the union of the two more advanced diagnostic tests used and recommended in neurology, cardiology, gynaecology, hepatology, urology. It is commonly used in research and clinical settings where the anatomical context is better than a CT scan.

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