Investigation into Swedish MRI accident moves forward
January 17, 2020 -- The investigation into last year's MRI accident at Sunderby Hospital in Luleå in Sweden continues to move ahead. Investigators appear to be focusing on why a specialist nurse was wearing a weighted vest within the mobile MRI scanner's magnetic field -- and the answer could determine who was ultimately responsible.  Discuss
Bracco: Norris gadolinium MRI contrast suit is dismissed
January 16, 2020 -- A high-profile lawsuit regarding the safety of gadolinium MRI contrast filed by martial arts actor Chuck Norris and his wife against contrast developer Bracco Imaging has been voluntarily dismissed, according to the company. Neither side paid any settlement, and both agreed to pay their own legal fees, according to a January 16 press statement.  Discuss
Video from J.P. Morgan: Portable MRI takes to the streets
January 16, 2020 -- SAN FRANCISCO - You never know what you'll encounter on the streets of San Francisco, and never has this been truer than during the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference. One of the more interesting sights during the January 13-15 meeting was a portable MRI scanner from startup firm Hyperfine Research making the rounds.  Discuss
IMV: MR providers work harder as procedure volume grows
January 15, 2020 -- If you feel like you're working harder just to keep up, you're not mistaken. The number of MRI procedures being performed in the U.S. has reached an all-time high, at an estimated 42 million procedures in 2019, up 8% over 39 million exams in 2018, according to a new report by IMV Medical Information Division.  Discuss
MRI links lead exposure, family income to brain development
January 14, 2020 -- Despite bans on leaded gasoline and lead-based paint, areas of high lead exposure still exist. MR images have helped uncover differences in brain structure and subsequently lower cognitive performances in children living in areas with these toxic conditions, according to a study published January 13 in Nature Medicine.  Discuss
MRI shows slimmer tongue reduces sleep apnea
January 10, 2020 -- Losing weight in your tongue probably isn't one of your New Year's resolutions. But maybe it should be if you have sleep apnea. MR images show that a slimmer tongue can reduce the severity of obstructive sleep apnea, according to a study published online January 10 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.  Discuss
Might manganese make gadolinium obsolete for MRI scans?
January 10, 2020 -- Could a manganese-based MRI contrast agent provide equivalent MR image quality and help alleviate concerns surrounding the use of gadolinium-based contrast agents? New research indicates that it has some potential.  Discuss
CT, MRI payments plummet at private practices
January 9, 2020 -- Medicare reimbursement for CT and MRI exams performed at private practices have decreased dramatically over the past decade for radiologists, and even more so for physicians of other specialties, according to an article published in the January issue of the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Two MRI indicators predict Fabry disease adverse events
January 8, 2020 -- How can clinicians best use cardiac MRI to identify which patients with Fabry disease are most at risk for an adverse event? The mystery can be solved through two particular assessments, according to a new study published in the January issue of Radiology.  Discuss
Personal touch helps with MRI report recommendations
January 8, 2020 -- Direct communication by radiologists with referring clinicians can significantly improve compliance with follow-up recommendations contained in musculoskeletal MRI reports, according to research published online December 30 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss