Imaging Technique Uncovers Hidden Blood Clots

By: PET / CT of Las Colinas  11/29/2015
Keywords: Cat Scan, Computed Tomography

The founder of PET/CT at Las Colinas discusses the benefits of CT scans for diagnostic screening.

Irving, TX, Nov 17, 2015 – When strokes and pulmonary embolisms strike, time is critical to prevent life-limiting or life-ending complications. The race against the clock, however, is often hampered by hidden blood clots that are difficult for doctors to find and treat. Enter a new imaging technique that is making it very difficult for those silent killers to hide any longer.

The new technique, developed by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital, uses a specific tracer agent in conjunction with a whole-body PET scan. The agent, called 64Cu-FBP8, is still in the testing phase, but researchers have found a single injection enables them to detect clots hidden anywhere in the body. It also provides them the ability to distinguish new formations from older ones. What’s more is that the agent offers clues to a clot’s composition, enabling doctors to more readily determine if a clot will respond to treatments.

“This is a tremendous breakthrough that may enable faster, more accurate life-saving interventions for those who suffer from strokes and embolisms,” says Dr. Gregory Echt, founder of PET/CT of Las Colinas. “While other techniques exist to find blood clots, they often require repeat testing that costs precious treatment time in the process. If this procedure holds up to further testing scrutiny, it may open the door for better, more effective treatment down the road.”

The next step in testing the new agent involves human clinical trials. How soon the agent might be available for widespread imaging use hinges on the outcome of the next phases of testing. Next up is gaining a better understanding of the agent’s journey through the body and how long the tracer remains in the system after the procedure is completed.

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