FDA issues MRI warning on implantable infusion pumps
January 12, 2017 -- After receiving reports of injury and death, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning about patients with implantable infusion pumps undergoing MRI scans.
Group calls for global research effort into gadolinium
January 12, 2017 -- Two European researchers are bringing to the U.S. their proposal to collect clinical experiences and outcomes with gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) and store the information in a worldwide database. The ultimate goal is to further advance research into GBCA safety, as outlined in the January issue of Radiology.
Swissray set to join MRI market with wide-bore scanner
January 10, 2017 -- Swissray International is embarking on a new path in 2017. The longtime player in the digital radiography segment is moving into MRI with its first scanner, a wide-bore system called SR Pulse 710 that is set to begin shipping later this year.
Why are pediatric MRI scans on the rise in the ED?
December 27, 2016 -- The desire to avoid exposing pediatric patients to CT's ionizing radiation appears to be powering increased use of MRI at one New York City hospital's emergency department (ED). The shift to the modality is also prompting the facility to adjust resources to meet times of greatest volume and demand.
DWI-MRI could help show gene expression in tumors
December 23, 2016 -- Researchers from California have developed a way to use diffusion-weighted MR imaging (DWI-MRI) to noninvasively monitor gene expression in tumor cells in living tissue, according to a study published online December 23 in Nature Communications.
Pediatric MRI safety needs to target youngest patients
December 21, 2016 -- Pediatric patients younger than 6 years old are the most vulnerable when it comes to MRI safety issues, according to a study performed at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and presented at RSNA 2016. The findings have prompted a call for quality improvements when it comes to scanning kids.
Is the 5-gauss line of your MRI scanner safely contained?
December 20, 2016 -- The U.S. is currently experiencing an upsurge in sales of preowned MRI equipment. While this is beneficial for the imaging industry and the cost-conscious healthcare economy, it brings with it a number of challenges, namely how to safely install an MRI machine.
Post-MRI signals disappear with macrocyclic gadolinium
December 15, 2016 -- German researchers have found no evidence of increases in T1 signal intensity among patients who received more than 20 injections of macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI scans, according to a study published online December 7 in Radiology.
DTI-MRI sheds light on Parkinson's disease
December 8, 2016 -- Using an MRI technique known as diffusion-tensor tractography and graph analysis, European researchers have discovered structural disruptions in certain brain networks of people with Parkinson's disease and cognitive impairment, according to a study published online December 7 in Radiology.
Study suggests short-term sleep loss hurts the heart
December 2, 2016 -- CHICAGO - Using cardiac MRI, researchers from Germany found that going without sleep for a short period of time appeared to affect cardiac function in radiologists. Results of the study were presented at the RSNA annual conference.