Long-term study confirms safety of gadolinium MRI contrast agent
April 1, 2015 -- Amid persistent concerns over the safety of gadolinium MRI contrast agents, a new study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology reinforces the "relatively robust safety profile" of at least one MRI agent. Adverse reactions were tracked over nearly eight years and found to be "infinitesimally small."
New MRI technique detects cancer via sugar
March 30, 2015 -- Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have developed an MRI technique that homes in on sugar molecules shed by cancerous cells, potentially offering a new way to differentiate malignant from benign lesions, according to a study published online March 27 in Nature Communications.
Gadolinium persists in brain years after MRI scans
March 27, 2015 -- Researchers from the Mayo Clinic can't quite explain the clinical significance, but the discovery of traces of gadolinium in four areas of the brain several years after administration of MRI contrast is enough evidence to warrant further investigation as to the reasons why.
AGA retreats on workup for pancreatic cysts found on imaging
March 26, 2015 -- The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) has published new guidelines for managing asymptomatic neoplastic pancreatic cysts detected incidentally during CT or MRI scans. The guidelines retreat from previous advice to follow up these lesions more aggressively, according to an article published in Gastroenterology.
Public reporting does not reduce MRI scans for low back pain
March 26, 2015 -- Healthcare regulators looking to reduce overutilization of medical imaging through public reporting of unnecessary procedures may want to find a bigger stick. An analysis in Texas of public reporting of MRI scans for low back pain -- an often unnecessary procedure -- found the initiative to have little effect on procedure growth.
Brain MRI spots effects of prenatal exposure to air pollutants
March 25, 2015 -- MRI has shown reduced white matter in the brains of children who were exposed to toxic air pollution while in utero. This reduction may have led to behavioral and cognitive problems in the first seven to nine years of their lives, according to an article published online March 25 in JAMA Psychiatry.
ACR, SNMMI set standards for reading PET/MRI brain scans
March 19, 2015 -- The American College of Radiology (ACR) and the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI) have released the first in a series of requirements for physicians and clinicians interested in gaining proficiency in reading PET/MRI scans.
JAMA: Early imaging questionable for older adults with back pain
March 18, 2015 -- Older adults who have spine imaging within six weeks after an initial visit for care for lower back pain were no better off the following year than similar patients who did not undergo early imaging, according to a study published in the March 17 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
More T, doctor? No thanks
March 12, 2015 -- As the European market recovers from economic turmoil, cost is an ever important factor in MRI purchasing decisions, and advanced 1.5-tesla systems are likely to account for a far higher proportion of unit shipments compared with 3-tesla systems over the next five years.
Philips ECR highlights include IntelliSpace Portal upgrade
March 7, 2015 -- VIENNA - The latest version of its IntelliSpace Portal platform is among the ECR 2015 highlights for Philips Healthcare. The company is also showing recently introduced technology ranging from its IQon spectral CT scanner to its DoseWise Portal radiation dose management program.