Saudi-Irish study highlights major differences in MRI practice
August 18, 2017 -- An investigation of quality management for abdominal and pelvic MRI scans in Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Ireland has shown that staffing issues, variable adherence to local rules and procedures, and lack of policies governing work practices contribute to major fluctuations in clinical practice.  Discuss
MRI helps save baby who accidentally ingested ketamine
August 15, 2017 -- If there is any doubt that MRI can be a fast and effective lifesaving modality, a report published online August 15 in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics offers the case of a 10-month-old baby girl who is alive today after accidentally ingesting the drug ketamine.  Discuss
ISMRM offers guidelines for gadolinium MRI contrast
August 9, 2017 -- Taking what's described as a "wait and see approach," the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) has published guidelines on the use of gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents in both clinical and research settings in an article published in the July issue of Lancet Neurology.  Discuss
CAD software aids monitoring of multiple sclerosis
August 9, 2017 -- Computer-aided detection (CAD) software can help monitor multiple sclerosis progression on MRI, bridging the skill gap between neuroradiologists and nonspecialized, untrained imaging readers, according to recent research published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
MRI reveals key brain differences in people with genetic autism
August 8, 2017 -- With the aid of MRI and machine learning, researchers have identified structural brain abnormalities that correspond with cognitive and behavioral deficiencies in people with common genetic causes of autism spectrum disorder, according to a new study published online August 8 in Radiology.  Discuss
PAWS program achieves sedation-free pediatric MRI scans
August 4, 2017 -- MRI can be scary for pediatric patients, but Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, TN, has found that a little extra attention can go a long way toward easing fears. A Vanderbilt initiative called Patients Awake While Scanned (PAWS) has helped nearly all young patients to complete MRI scans without sedation.  Discuss
Machine learning predicts pregnancies with fetal growth restriction
August 3, 2017 -- Making use of 3D MRI features, a machine-learning algorithm can accurately predict pregnancies with fetal growth restriction, potentially opening up opportunities for interventions to protect vulnerable fetuses, according to research published online in the Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  Discuss
Luminal water MRI could be best for prostate cancer
July 31, 2017 -- Researchers from the University of British Columbia are reporting early success in developing a novel T2-based MRI technique that uses water content in prostate tissue to detect and grade cancer. The method outperformed several other MRI parameters, according to a study published in the August issue of Radiology.  Discuss
Neonates show no adverse effects from CT, MRI contrast
July 27, 2017 -- A review of inpatient neonates suggests that babies with normal renal function who receive iodine-based CT or gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents have no greater risk of renal toxicity than those not receiving contrast, according to results published in the August issue of Radiology.  Discuss
EMA confirms clampdown on linear gadolinium agents
July 21, 2017 -- It's official: After months of intense lobbying and wrangling, the use of some linear gadolinium contrast agents in MRI will be restricted, and others are to be pulled from the market, following confirmation on Friday that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved recommendations made on 7 July by the Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee.  Discuss