20-second breath-hold process works for PET/CT liver procedures

04/8/2012 | AuntMinnie.com (free registration)

PET images acquired through a 20-second breath-hold procedure were "not significantly different" from those acquired at a breath-hold of 40, 60 and 180 seconds during PET/CT-guided percutaneous liver ablations or biopsies, according to a study presented at a radiology meeting. The researchers observed similar results when they compared PET images with CT images. "We think this is going to be a very useful feature as we go forward using PET/CT for guiding procedures," said researcher Dr. Paul B. Shyn from Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

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