Payment cuts drive MRI to hospital outpatient setting November 24, 2014 -- The number of MRI scans performed in hospital outpatient imaging departments has surpassed the amount performed in private offices. The change is due in part to reimbursement cuts that have made private-office MRI considerably less economically viable, according to a study published online November 15 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
3D printing from MRI untangles congenital heart surgery November 21, 2014 -- Taking cardiac MR images and turning them into 3D prints of the entire heart has gone from experiment to clinical use in Peoria, IL. It is helping doctors there plan complex congenital heart surgeries in young children, according to a presentation at the American Heart Association annual meeting in Chicago.
MRI may hurt patients with cochlear implants November 21, 2014 -- South Korean researchers are sending out a warning about the use of MRI in patients with cochlear implants after discovering that the strong electromagnetic field from 1.5- and 3-tesla scanners could cause pain and discomfort, as well as displacement of the cochlear implant magnet.
MRI brain segmentation software boosts speed, accuracy November 14, 2014 -- Texas researchers have developed a new knowledge-based segmentation technique that surpasses previous efforts to segment the brain accurately with MRI, according to a new report in the Journal of Medical Imaging.
MRI finds abnormal brain structures in chronic fatigue syndrome October 29, 2014 -- Using various MR imaging techniques, researchers have pinpointed structural abnormalities in the brains of people with chronic fatigue syndrome, which could potentially help in diagnosing the condition, according to a study published online October 29 in Radiology.
Promising new MRI technique provides insight into stroke October 20, 2014 -- Researchers from several institutions have used a 21-tesla preclinical MR spectroscopy scanner to develop a new technique for evaluating patients for stroke and possibly neurodegenerative diseases. They believe the protocol could be migrated to 3- and 7-tesla MRI scanners being used clinically.
MRI shows baseball's wear on teenage shoulders October 14, 2014 -- It may be America's pastime, but baseball is causing a range of health issues in the young athletes who play it. In a new study published online October 14 in Radiology, MR images revealed abnormal shoulder development and potential long-term issues in male and female teenagers who threw a baseball more than 100 times a week.
ASL-MRI detects early signs of cognitive decline in elderly October 7, 2014 -- Using arterial spin-labeled (ASL) MRI, Swiss researchers found evidence of cognitive decline in the brains of healthy elderly individuals before symptoms appeared, according to a new study published online October 7 in Radiology.
PET/MRI matches PET/CT with less radiation for children October 6, 2014 -- German researchers have found promising evidence that PET/MRI is equivalent to PET/CT for lesion detection in pediatric cancer patients, while at the same time delivering just one-quarter of the radiation dose, according to a study published in the October issue of Radiology.
MRI aids differentiation of traumatic cerebral fat embolism September 18, 2014 -- An Egyptian-led team of MRI researchers reported at last week's International Congress of Radiology that cerebral fat embolism (CFE) can be differentiated from diffuse axonal injury because CFE has a higher incidence of increased T2-FLAIR and diffusion-weighted imaging lesions.