MRI opens early window into autism
February 16, 2017 -- MRI scans in combination with a computer algorithm helped researchers predict which infants with older autistic siblings would exhibit autistic characteristics themselves by age 2, according to a study published online February 15 in Nature.
MRI start-up Alzeca takes aim at Alzheimer's disease
February 15, 2017 -- A new start-up company called Alzeca Biosciences is developing an MRI contrast agent that the company hopes will become an alternative to PET for early-stage diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. The firm has hired imaging industry veteran Carlo Medici to leverage his experience in the contrast market.
Do MRI scans cause genetic damage? Probably not
February 14, 2017 -- Should patients undergoing MRI scans be concerned about genetic damage? It's a relatively novel question, but one that's percolated to the surface in the past several years. Fortunately, a new literature review found little evidence to support the idea that MRI can cause genetic damage.
MRI pioneer Sir Peter Mansfield dies
February 9, 2017 -- Nobel laureate Sir Peter Mansfield, PhD, who performed early research in nuclear magnetic resonance that led to the creation of MRI, died on February 8 at the age of 83, the University of Nottingham announced.
Machine-learning analysis of heart motion predicts survival
February 9, 2017 -- A machine-learning survival model based on 3D cardiac motion predicts outcomes beyond conventional risk factors in patients with pulmonary hypertension, according to a new study from the U.K. and Singapore. Semiautomated analysis of the cine MR images could potentially be used to guide patient management.
MRI helps shed light on concussion causes, effects in soccer
February 7, 2017 -- Diffusion-tensor MRI is helping researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine explore the effects on the human brain of heading a soccer ball. In a new study, they found that players who head the ball more often are more likely to have concussion symptoms.
Mass. MRI firm taps Brady for Super Bowl ad
February 6, 2017 -- It didn't take long for a Massachusetts-based imaging services provider to join in the celebration of the New England Patriots' historic come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI.
U.S. travel ban complicates radiology conference calendar
January 31, 2017 -- The Trump administration's new policy restricting immigration to the U.S. from seven countries in the Middle East could create complications for societies scheduled to hold meetings in the country in coming months. One group with an upcoming conference, the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, issued a statement on January 30 about the new policy.
CDC: MRI helps identify cluster of amnesia in Mass.
January 31, 2017 -- Physicians in Massachusetts have used MRI to help identify a cluster of amnesia cases that may be linked to opioid abuse, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC has issued an alert to healthcare providers to scan some adults presenting with sudden-onset amnesia.
MRI contrast boosts gadolinium levels in Korean rivers
January 26, 2017 -- South Korean researchers have found levels of gadolinium in the Han River near Seoul that are almost 300 times normal levels at some locations. They attribute the levels to the use of MRI contrast -- echoing previous research on the persistence of gadolinium in the environment.