By National Research Council, Institute of Medicine, Board on Health Sciences Policy, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board, Committee on State of the Science of Nuclear Medicine
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Combined-Modality Imaging (PET/CT, PET/MRI, and SPECT/CT) CT, MRI, and PET all provide complementary “views” of normal and diseased tissues, with PET offering quantitative functional information and MRI and CT scans providing high-resolution anatomical information. The power of combined-modality imaging will increase dramatically as molecularly targeted radiotracers with high specific activity are developed and as the sensitivity and resolution of PET increase to allow for high-resolution, temporal imaging.
1 Number of nuclear medicine procedures that were approved for reimbursement by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services and total reimbursement for 2003–2005. SOURCE: Data provided by CMS. 2-1 medicine procedures are performed annually in the United States, of which 12 million are procedures approved for and reimbursed by CMS. 1 illustrates the number of nuclear medicine procedures approved and the total payment reimbursed by the CMS in the United States in 2003, 2004, and 2005. Based on data from CMS, the use of positron emission tomography (PET) is growing faster than the use of any other imaging modality.
4 Conclusion We have arrived at a crossroads in nuclear medicine. Further development of the field will likely contribute substantially to the development of personalized medicine by (1) providing more efficient and lower cost strategies to bring new drugs to market; (2) developing new and more effective treatments for cancer and cardiovascular disease; (3) improving understanding of abnormal physiological conditions; and (4) developing new, effective anticancer drugs. Moreover, new developments in accelerator engineering, computer science, materials science, chemistry, and nanotechnology suggest that a new generation of nuclear medicine instruments and radiopharmaceuticals can now be made that will be less expensive, more widely available, and more precise.
Advancing Nuclear Medicine Through Innovation by National Research Council, Institute of Medicine, Board on Health Sciences Policy, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board, Committee on State of the Science of Nuclear Medicine