CME 2 Session - EANM'14

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Interactive: Review Course SPECT/CT

Educational objectives:
  1. To define the present and foresee the future of gamma emitters, with main reference to SPECT/CT
  2. To define strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of this hybrid modality
  3. To understand the paradigms of clinical use of SPECT/CT
  4. To understand CT-based corrections of SPECT to improve image quality
  5. To perceive the possible clinical use of truly quantitative SPECT
  6. To set the actual knowledge about the use of SPECT/CT in orthopaedics, oncology and neurology
Summary:
SPECT/CT systems provide accurate co-registration of sequential, near-simultaneous acquisition of SPECT and CT thus producing a single image containing both anatomical and functional information. In routine practice it is increasingly being accepted as a modality of choice for the assessment of many diseases. The combination of functional and anatomic information has been shown to increase nuclear medicine physicians’ confidence in image interpretation and improve diagnostic accuracy thus providing clinicians a more accurate evaluation of disease which impact on patient management. The role of combined modality imaging in oncology, orthopaedics, nuclear cardiology and infectious diseases has been established. Conversely, up to now it has not yet been defined the cost/effectiveness of combined SPECT/CT in other fields of clinical interest, as in emergency or in neurologic and psychiatric diseases (trough perfusion or receptor imaging). In this session, starting from a general overview on the possible role of SPECT/CT at present and in perspective, the existing literature and the personal experience will be used to identify the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in the two major fields of clinical interest, oncology and orthopaedics, also discussing the possible relevance of SPECT/CT in diagnosis of neurological diseases.

Key Words:
SPECT/CT, Hybrid imaging, SWOT Analysis, Oncology, Orthopaedics, Neurology
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