October 12, 2005
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Penn Researchers Discover the Powerful Tool of
(Philadelphia, PA) - Clinical researchers from the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS) are the first to combine fMRI and PET scanning in radiology, creating a way to compare different measurements of the brain’s function concurrently. This analysis could lead to better diagnosis and treatment in patients suffering from brain disorders, like Alzheimer’s disease.
“By using these two established methods, we now have an integrated
way to look at the brain’s functions,” explained Andrew
Newberg, MD, a radiologist in nuclear medicine at UPHS and lead
author on this clinical study. “We can now get a more comprehensive
view of what’s happening in the brain at a particular time, than
we’ve ever been able to do before. We can look at more diseases
and more activation states.”
Newberg said one goal of this new simultaneous fMRI-PET scan is to better understand the effect of certain medications on the brain and body. The clinical research for this study has been conducted through the PET Center at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and through the Center for Functional Neuroimaging (CFN), known for its excellence in multi-disciplinary brain imaging.
The results of this study can be found on-line at: www.sciencedirect.com. The study will also be published in the November 1st issue of NeuroImage.
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