Is ferumoxytol the alternative to gadolinium MRI agents?
June 23, 2017 -- Given the concerns over the discovery of trace amounts of gadolinium in brain tissue long after contrast-enhanced MRI scans, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles are reporting early success with an iron-based compound, ferumoxytol, to image a wide range of pediatric and adult patients.
MRI + mammography detects recurrent breast cancer
June 22, 2017 -- Adding MRI to mammography improves the detection of recurrent breast cancer in women who have been treated for the disease, according to a study published June 22 in JAMA Oncology. What's more, MRI appears to be a better option than ultrasound as an adjunct to mammography.
The 'sky is the limit' for 7T MRI research in Boston
June 21, 2017 -- Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston is making a considerable investment in the future of radiology and patient care with its recent installation of an investigational 7-tesla MRI scanner. While the unit initially will be used for research, the hospital is open to the idea of someday using the scanner clinically.
Breast MR hits benchmarks in community practice
June 15, 2017 -- Breast MRI has been shown to perform well as an adjunct to screening mammography in women at high risk for breast cancer. But its efficacy has mostly been evaluated based on trials at academic centers rather than community practices. So how does the modality perform in the real world?
Can AI predict treatment response in bipolar patients?
June 14, 2017 -- Can the same type of artificial intelligence (AI) technology used in fighter pilot combat simulation be used to predict how patients with bipolar disorder will respond to treatment? Yes, according to research published online in Bipolar Disorders.
Study: This is your brain on storytime
June 1, 2017 -- Researchers using functional MRI (fMRI) discovered significantly greater brain activation in 4-year-olds who were more highly engaged during storytime, according to a study published online May 31 in PLOS One.
Do ED MRI scans reduce hospital stays for MS patients?
May 31, 2017 -- Could performing MRI scans on individuals who present to the emergency department (ED) with symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) cut how long they end up staying in the hospital? Researchers from Johns Hopkins reported interesting findings in a new study.
Mayo group finds gadolinium in pediatric brain tissue
May 30, 2017 -- Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, have confirmed the presence of gadolinium deposits in postmortem brain tissue of pediatric patients with normal renal function who underwent contrast-enhanced MRI scans, according to a study published online May 22 in JAMA Pediatrics.
FDA finds no health effects from gadolinium retention
May 23, 2017 -- There is no evidence that gadolinium remaining in the body after MRI contrast administration has any negative health effects, according to a review published on May 22 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The announcement is unlikely to settle the debate over gadolinium contrast safety, however.
MRI shows true value in invasive placenta
May 22, 2017 -- Further evidence of MRI's ability to confirm suspected placental anomalies or to assist in cases of equivocal ultrasound findings has come from Saudi Arabia. A study of pregnant women found that noncontrast MRI is a sensitive diagnostic test for detecting invasive placenta.