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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.
ECRI details need-to-know information for buying an MRI scanner
September 12, 2014 -- What key issues should you keep in mind when buying an MRI scanner? Nonprofit research organization ECRI Institute hopes to help with a new report on performance and other measures that radiology departments and imaging centers should consider when purchasing a new system.
Clinical audit sheds light on breast MRI performance
September 11, 2014 -- You can't manage what you can't measure. This maxim by quality expert W. Edwards Deming can easily be applied to breast MRI: Despite its growing use, the exam still lacks adequate benchmarks for assessing quality, according to a study published in the September Journal of the American College of Radiology.
MRI protocol links gray-matter changes to MS severity
September 10, 2014 -- Using a homegrown MRI protocol, researchers found that a loss of myelin in the gray matter of multiple sclerosis (MS) patients' brains was a strong indicator of disease severity, according to a study published online September 10 in Radiology.
Start-up advances MR-guided procedures with software platform
September 4, 2014 -- Wisconsin researchers are developing a new software platform that would allow surgeons to observe the brain in real-time on MRI during surgical and therapeutic drug interventions. The goal of their company, called InseRT MRI, is to develop customized MRI-guided minimally invasive procedures.
DTI-MRI shows how Wii can improve balance in MS patients
August 27, 2014 -- Using diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI), Italian researchers detected brain changes related to improved balance and movement in multiple sclerosis (MS) patients who regularly trained on a Nintendo Wii balance board for 12 weeks. Results were published online in Radiology.
MRI-guided catheter could upgrade stroke treatment
August 22, 2014 -- A new steerable MRI-guided catheter can navigate through blood vessels from the groin to the brain in a search for clots to destroy, according to research from the University of California, San Francisco.
CT, MRI use declined in ED after 2007
August 20, 2014 -- After a period of rapid increase from 1993 to 2007, use of medical imaging in the emergency department (ED) declined, mostly because of decreased utilization of CT and MRI, according to a new study published this month in the American Journal of Roentgenology.
MRI points to brain benefits of exercise for kids
August 20, 2014 -- Diffusion-tensor MR images have confirmed that aerobically fit children have more favorable white-matter tracts in their brains than their less fit peers, thus improving their chances for greater cognitive function.
MRI histogram analysis predicts bladder tumor aggressiveness
August 15, 2014 -- Sophisticated histogram-based measurements of diffusion on MRI scans can predict bladder tumor aggressiveness noninvasively, according to a new study in Abdominal Imaging. The results could potentially help clinicians tailor therapy to individual patients, and even help predict which patients' tumors will metastasize.
MRI finds 2nd cancers after breast conservation therapy
August 14, 2014 -- Women who have had breast conservation therapy have an increased risk of developing second breast cancers, and they require careful tracking. But which modality is most effective? MRI, according to a new study published in Radiology.
MRI tracks early brain development in newborns
August 12, 2014 -- For the first time, researchers are using MRI to calculate the volume of multiple brain regions in newborns to investigate how those areas develop based on gender, gestational period, and other factors in the first 90 days of life.
Canadian policy to improve MRI referrals has mixed results
August 7, 2014 -- A campaign by the Ontario Ministry of Health to reduce inappropriate referrals for lumbar MRI resulted in more-appropriate exams, but it did not lower the number of new referrals, according to a study published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Honey, I shrunk the magnet: Preclinical 7T MRI runs cryogen-free
July 25, 2014 -- Looking to fill a void in the market for preclinical MRI and eliminate the need for labs to hunt down scarce supplies of liquid helium, MR Solutions has developed a new cryogen-free, compact 7-tesla preclinical scanner for research applications.
MRI links antipsychotic drugs to brain loss
July 21, 2014 -- MR images of patients with schizophrenia have confirmed that antipsychotic drugs can lead to a decrease in brain volume, but the drugs do not appear to cause adverse cognitive issues. The study also found that the rate of brain loss was greater when the dose of medication was higher.
MRI safety remains a concern, as does need for more formal training
July 14, 2014 -- The number of adverse MRI events continues to be a serious issue for imaging centers and radiology departments, despite mandates and guidance to implement MRI safety measures from organizations such as the American College of Radiology and the Joint Commission.
MRI use linked to patient mortality in Irish study
July 9, 2014 -- A new study of MRI use at a hospital in Ireland paints a complex picture of the modality, with higher in-hospital mortality and longer hospital stays for patients who got MRI scans. However, this could be because the patients were more acutely ill, according to an article in the July Journal of the American College of Radiology.
Native American, rural women have less access to breast MRI
June 27, 2014 -- Most U.S. women have relatively easy access to mammography and breast ultrasound, but breast MRI presents a greater challenge, especially for Native American women and those in rural areas, according to a new study published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
GE lifts covers on prototype of compact MRI brain scanner
June 27, 2014 -- With an eye toward improving the early diagnosis of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, GE Healthcare this week revealed that it is developing a compact 3-tesla MRI scanner designed specifically for head and brain imaging.
4-scan PET/MRI exams improve breast imaging
June 25, 2014 -- Austrian researchers added PET/CT to a package of three MRI sequences to create fused PET/MR images, which they found aided in the differentiation of suspicious breast lesions, according to a new study published online in Clinical Cancer Research.
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