New PET/MRI Research from the Pain Imaging Lab Identifies Chronic Pain

Credit: Cipriano, et al., Stanford University, CA.

July 11, 2020

New research from the Pain Imaging Lab was presented at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging 2020 Annual Meeting that can precisely identify the location of pain generators in chronic pain sufferers.

Using 18F-FDG PET and MRI, the team spotted nerve and muscle pain generators in a majority of participants, with more than half undergoing a change in treatment because of the findings.

"The results of this study show that better outcomes are possible for those suffering from chronic pain," Biswal added. "This clinical molecular imaging approach is addressing a tremendous unmet clinical need, and I am hopeful that this work will lay the groundwork for the birth of a new subspecialty in nuclear medicine and radiology.