Study: No residual gadolinium found after GBCA use
September 20, 2017 -- At least one gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA) appears to be steering clear of problems related to gadolinium retention. Researchers in South Korea found no evidence of gadolinium retention following multiple administrations of the agent gadoterate meglumine, according to a study published online in PLOS One.  Discuss
fMRI cheese study wins Ig Nobel Prize
September 19, 2017 -- It isn't every day that cheese is the focal point of a functional MRI (fMRI) study, but a foray by French researchers into an area of research that is seldom -- if ever -- explored earned them an Ig Nobel Prize.  Discuss
FDA panel votes to add retention warning to GBCA labels
September 8, 2017 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Medical Imaging Drugs Advisory Committee voted overwhelmingly on Friday to recommend that the agency revise prescribing information for MRI gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) to include a warning about gadolinium retention in certain organs and tissue.  Discuss
FDA panel to tackle questions on gadolinium retention
September 7, 2017 -- The baffling issue of gadolinium retention in patients receiving gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI scans will be front and center before a committee meeting of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday, September 8, in Silver Spring, MD.  Discuss
French raise alarm over smoldering blanket in PET/MRI
September 6, 2017 -- French researchers are alerting radiology facilities to an incident that occurred in their PET/MRI suite: Copper fibers in a blanket used to cover a patient began to heat up, causing the blanket to smolder and nearly catch fire, according to a case study published August 31 in Radiology.  Discuss
Study measures allergic event rates for gadolinium contrast
September 6, 2017 -- A meta-analysis of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) for MRI scans found that one linear GBCA had a lower rate of immediate allergic reactions than macrocyclic gadolinium contrast, according to results published online August 25 in Radiology.  Discuss
MRI elastograms better than biopsy to assess kidney scarring
August 31, 2017 -- Researchers from Canada have discovered that MRI measurements of stiffness in patients who received kidney transplants can gauge damage to the organ and predict future kidney function within one year, according to a study published online August 30 in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.  Discuss
Breast MRI effective for postpartum breast cancer
August 30, 2017 -- Using MRI on women with breast cancer within one year of their giving birth can achieve sensitivity of almost 100% for detecting tumors and change surgical management in more than one in four cases, according to a study published in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
MRI shows concussion effects can linger in athletes
August 24, 2017 -- MR images show that the brains of athletes who have experienced a recent concussion continue to undergo subtle changes in structure and activity -- even after the athletes have been cleared to return to action, according to research published online August 24 in Scientific Reports.  Discuss
Brain activity may predict cardiovascular risk
August 24, 2017 -- By conducting mental stress tests and monitoring blood pressure and heart rate during an MRI procedure, researchers may have found an activity pattern in the brain that predicts an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, according to proof-of-concept research published August 23 in the Journal of the American Heart Association.  Discuss