MRI initiative will chart brain development in children
September 22, 2016 -- Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Minnesota are about to embark on a groundbreaking four-year journey to track and analyze the highly dynamic evolution of a child's brain between birth and age 5 through regularly scheduled MRI scans.
MR/TRUS fusion biopsy targets high-risk prostate cancer
September 20, 2016 -- Targeted prostate biopsies guided by fused MR and transrectal ultrasound (TRUS) images can detect more cases of aggressive prostate cancer than traditional systematic biopsies guided by TRUS alone, according to a multicenter study published recently in Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations.
Zika's rapid spread on MRI scans shocks researchers
September 13, 2016 -- Researchers using MRI to study the Zika virus in a pregnant monkey said they were "shocked" at how quickly the virus spread from the animal to its fetus. The findings could shape efforts to develop a vaccine for the disease, according to a study published online September 12 in Nature Medicine.
Teamwork improves safety for MRI scans of cardiac devices
September 9, 2016 -- Radiologists at Emory University are getting by with a little help from their electrophysiology friends. Together they are successfully ensuring the safety of patients with cardiac implantable electronic devices during MRI scans, according to a paper published in the September issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.
JAAOS: X-ray still best for knee pain screening
September 9, 2016 -- Despite the power of MRI, x-ray is still the best tool for screening patients ages 40 years and older who have knee pain, according to a new study in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
DTI-MRI links key brain regions to cognitive disorders
September 7, 2016 -- Using diffusion-tensor MRI (DTI-MRI), researchers have located two areas of the brain with increased atrophy, infarctions, and lesions that collectively create a kind of logjam that contributes to cognitive impairment and/or dementia, according to a paper published online September 6 in Radiology.
MRI scans during 1st trimester of pregnancy are safe
September 6, 2016 -- MRI in the first trimester of pregnancy does not put the fetus at increased risk of stillbirth, birth defects, hearing loss, or childhood cancer, according to a study published in the September 6 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
MRI finds something fishy in outbreak of brain infections
September 2, 2016 -- When more than 200 people in Singapore were afflicted simultaneously with group B streptococcal bacterium and acute central nervous system infections, Singaporean healthcare professionals had to act quickly. Their first move was to turn to diffusion-weighted MRI for answers.
Mobile App Spotlight: Kanal's MR safety implant risk tool
August 24, 2016 -- AuntMinnie.com presents the next article in an ongoing series highlighting notable mobile apps in radiology. In this installment, we take a look at Kanal's MR Safety Implant Risk Assessment, a new iOS app designed by longtime MRI safety advocate Dr. Emanuel Kanal.
MRI shows promise in diagnosing CTE in living patients
August 23, 2016 -- MRI scans four years apart have detected a loss of brain volume in regions associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The results could be the first time the degenerative neurological condition has been identified in a living person, according to a paper published online August 23 in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.