fMRI shows different brain activity in curious preteens
February 24, 2015 -- Understanding the daily actions of preteens is a daunting task in general, but researchers from the University of California, San Francisco have had early success in using functional MRI (fMRI) to investigate why some might explore more than others.
FDA issues massive recall of GE MRI scanners
February 19, 2015 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered a recall of thousands of MRI scanners manufactured by GE Healthcare to correct a problem that could "result in life-threatening injuries" if magnet shutdown modules are disconnected, according to an FDA notice.
Breast MR useful for assessing BI-RADS 4 lesions
February 19, 2015 -- A new study published in the February issue of Radiology found that breast MR is useful for working up suspicious lesions classified as BI-RADS 4 at mammography or ultrasound -- and, in fact, can help avoid 92% of unnecessary biopsies.
CMS data show wide variations in CT, MR use across U.S.
February 18, 2015 -- Newly available data from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) show that wide variations in the use of brain CT and lumbar MR imaging exist across the U.S., according to a study published online in Radiology. The findings could help policymakers tailor interventions to curb overuse among providers.
DTI-MRI shows muscle distress in marathon runners
February 18, 2015 -- The marathon season is fast approaching, and people training to run those 26.2 miles will endure countless aches, pains, and muscle pulls. Dutch researchers are using diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI) to gain new insight into the toll that long-distance races take on the human body.
MRI links concussions to brain damage in young hockey players
February 13, 2015 -- A new University of Vermont study published in the February Journal of Pediatrics used MRI to connect concussions sustained by young ice hockey players with subtle changes in the outer layer of the brain that controls higher-level reasoning and behavior.
High cost tempers value of PET/MRI for cardiac lesions
February 10, 2015 -- The ability of FDG-PET/MRI to detail morphology and assess malignancy makes it a "powerful tool" for the diagnostic workup of cardiac tumors, but it should be used judiciously because of its high cost and limited availability, according to a new study from Germany in the February Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
Radiology in India: Trends in medical imaging technology
February 9, 2015 -- We continue our series on radiology in India with a new article from Dr. Saurabh Jha on the diffusion of medical imaging technology in the country. Dr. Jha explains the various segments of the Indian healthcare sector and reviews the market prospects for each imaging modality.
MRI protocol could replace biopsy for pediatric liver disease
February 5, 2015 -- Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed a new MRI technique that shows early promise for noninvasively detecting and evaluating nonalcoholic fatty liver disease in children, according to a study published online February 5 in Hepatology.
Superheroes help kids triumph over fears of MRI scans
February 3, 2015 -- Having to go to the hospital for an MRI scan can be daunting for any patient. But it's even scarier for a young child who may be having an imaging exam for the first time. A New York City hospital has found that transforming kids into superheroes can help them triumph over their fears.