Imaging goes 3-D: 'exquisite' PET/CT image captures SNM's 2005 Image of the Year

TORONTO, Canada -- An image by Stanford University researchers that details taking molecular/nuclear imaging to a three-dimensional level--providing a merged or "fused" picture of the body's metabolism and structure as well as a "virtual" visualization of the body's organs "from the inside out"--has been named the 2005 Image of the Year at the Society of Nuclear Medicine's 52nd Annual Meeting in Toronto.

In announcing his annual Image of the Year, Henry N. Wagner Jr., M.D., SNM past president and historian and professor of environmental health sciences at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md., explained that the Stanford researchers "stretched volume imaging" and produced "an exquisite structural and biochemical image." Wagner, who for 28 years has summarized current trends in molecular/nuclear imaging and the meeting's significant findings, annually picks an Image of the Year. This one image, chosen from the thousands presented at SNM's Annual Meeting, illustrates what Wagner predicts will be the future direction of this dynamic and ever-expanding field.

The image is part of the study "Novel 3-D Rendered FDG PET-CT Virtual Bronchoscopy and Colonography for Improved Lesion Localization and Pre-Surgical Evaluation," performed by researchers from the department of radiology in the division of nuclear medicine at Stanford University. "This study is intended to be an initial step in developing a new paradigm for reviewing and interpreting positron emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) images in a fully 3-D-rendered format," said senior scientist and SNM member Sanjiv (Sam) Gambhir, director of the Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. (http://mips.stanford.edu), and chief of nuclear medicine and a professor in the departments of radiology and bioengineering at the Stanford School of Medicine. "Our new strategy is to fuse PET and CT in order to travel through and around

Contact: Maryann Verrillo
Society of Nuclear Medicine

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