New board taps growing demand for MRI safety
January 28, 2015 -- The rising number of MRI accidents is fueling a growing interest in better safety procedures in MRI suites. Two MRI safety advocates are tapping that sentiment by forming a new board to create standardized testing and certification framework for radiology professionals who work with MRI scanners.
MR/ultrasound fusion biopsy shines in prostate cancer
January 27, 2015 -- Prostate cancer biopsy with a targeted technique that fuses MR and ultrasound images outperformed traditional extended-sextant ultrasound-guided biopsy, identifying more high-risk cancers and fewer low-risk malignancies, according to research published in the January 27 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Arab Health: 7T clinical MR units could soon become reality
January 27, 2015 -- DUBAI - At least one large company is very interested in developing a 7-tesla MRI system for use in large university hospitals in the near future, a leading European expert said during a keynote lecture at Arab Health.
Book excerpt: Reference Manual for MR Safety, Implants, and Devices
January 22, 2015 -- The 2015 edition of the Reference Manual for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Implants, and Devices by Frank Shellock, PhD, has been published, offering updated guidance on MRI safety for radiologists, MRI technologists, and facility managers. In the following excerpt, the use of a ferromagnetic detection system in the MRI suite is explained.
Joint Commission releases requirements for imaging services
January 20, 2015 -- The Joint Commission has released updated accreditation requirements for diagnostic imaging service providers in hospitals and ambulatory care centers. Although the new rules emphasize imaging safety in positive ways, more specific guidance is needed, according to safety advocates.
Novel MRI scanner helps diagnose neonates with pulmonary issues
January 16, 2015 -- Thanks to a specially modified compact MRI scanner, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center is having early success in imaging infants in its neonatal intensive care unit for pulmonary ailments and abnormal lung development.
PET/MRI spots neuroinflammation from chronic back pain
January 15, 2015 -- PET/MR images have led researchers for the first time to confirm evidence of neuroinflammation in key regions of the brain in patients with chronic back pain, according to a study published online January 12 in Brain.
Could brain imaging predict future behavior?
January 7, 2015 -- It may sound like something out of the technothriller "Minority Report," but could medical imaging modalities such as functional MRI someday be used to predict future behavior, such as someone's propensity to commit a crime? Maybe, but discoveries so far have fallen short of realizing imaging's potential in this regard, according to an article published January 7 in Neuron.
Spanish scoop top RSNA award for hip arthroplasty work
December 4, 2014 -- Researchers from the Basque Country in Northern Spain received a top prize for their exhibit on hip arthroplasty on Wednesday at the RSNA 2014 meeting in Chicago. The four other European recipients of the prestigious Magna Cum Laude poster award were from France and the U.K.
PET/MRI matches PET/CT in NSCLC accuracy
December 4, 2014 -- CHICAGO - Using a 15-minute MRI protocol with PET, Swiss researchers achieved diagnostic accuracy equal to that of PET/CT for patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Study results were presented on Wednesday at the RSNA conference.