Imaging technology has improved dramatically in the last few decades. For the field of oncology, early detection is everything. Cancers that are found early are usually more easily treated and less likely to return. Advances in the sensitivity of imaging technology can literally save lives when it comes to the detection of cancers through medical imaging.
Recently Sodium Fluoride Imaging has been making medical news. PET scans being performed with sodium fluoride are more sensitive. They do a better job of detecting metastasis than PET scans performed with other agents. PET with sodium fluoride is also faster and more convenient for the patients.
In Kathy Mahdoubi’s article “NOPR results say sodium fluoride PET changes management of prostate cancer” for MolecularImagine.net, she writes,
“After waiting patiently for sodium F-18 fluoride PET/CT data to come out of the National Oncological PET Registry (NOPR), clinicians are now clear that that the scan benefits patients by changing their course of care, at the very least, 12 percent of the time, according to a review published March 10 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.”
So, already in just one preliminary study 12 out of every 100 patients are going to be able to have a more specific treatment plan because sodium fluoride imaging is more accurate. More specific treatment plans lead to better outcomes. Not all imaging facilities offer sodium fluoride imaging because it used to be difficult to receive reimbursement for the sodium fluoride. New clinical data has made reimbursement much easier, so make sure your imaging needs are being met with the best technology possible.
No one wants to face cancer or any other medical issue, but when you do, you want to have the best possible imaging that can lead to the best possible treatment of your condition. Please contact us, we have top of the line imaging machines and we train our staff in all the most recent protocols because we want you to have the best possible imaging experience.