Cancer delays: Counting COVID-19's hidden costs
November 9, 2020 -- A patient whose cancer treatment is delayed by even one month can face a mortality risk of up to 13% higher, a Canadian and U.K. study has found. The investigation, published online by BMJ on 4 November, was triggered by concerns about delays to cancer diagnosis and therapy during the pandemic.  Discuss
MRI bore cleaning kit can reduce risk of COVID-19 infection
November 6, 2020 -- A simple, low-cost kit for cleaning an MRI scanner bore can minimize the risk of COVID-19 infection, according to the Australian group that developed it. The group adapted common household cleaning implements to be used in the MRI environment.  Discuss
Abbreviated MRI shows potential for HCC surveillance
November 5, 2020 -- Abbreviated MRI with a short scanning protocol shows potential as a way to screen for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) in adults who have cirrhosis or chronic hepatitis B infection, according to a study published November 2 in RadioGraphics.  Discuss
You get what you pay for with Groupon scans
November 2, 2020 -- Wellness companies are marketing medical imaging scans directly to consumers as a way to assuage the "worried well" about their health. At the same time, internet-based services like Groupon enable consumers to leverage the power of volume for massive price discounts. Combine the two -- what could go wrong?  Discuss
AI can identify sarcopenia in glioblastoma patients
October 30, 2020 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can identify sarcopenia on routine brain MRI scans of patients with glioblastoma, enabling predictions of how long the patient might survive this aggressive cancer, researchers will report at next week's National Cancer Research Institute Virtual Showcase in the U.K.  Discuss
GBCAs for cardiac MRI carry low allergic reaction risk
October 29, 2020 -- Using gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) for cardiac MRI carries a risk of less than 1% for allergic reactions -- although macrocyclic GBCAs do appear to be safer than linear ones, according to a study published October 29 in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging.  Discuss
Use F-18 fluciclovine PET/MRI to stage prostate cancer
October 28, 2020 -- PET/MRI with the F-18 fluciclovine radiotracer shows promise for initial staging of high-risk prostate cancer and for evaluating response to androgen deprivation therapy, according to a pilot study published online October 14 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
New calculator assesses cognitive decline on brain MRI
October 27, 2020 -- A new artificial intelligence (AI) calculator for analyzing brain tissue damage derived from MRI scans can detect with 70% accuracy early signs of cognitive decline, according to a study published October 27 in Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Working group uses MRI to analyze brain trauma
October 23, 2020 -- A new working group has been established between international institutions to use MRI to investigate some of the most puzzling questions about traumatic brain injury. The group includes 170 researchers from 13 countries.  Discuss
Study supports more use of MRI in patients with implants
October 22, 2020 -- Many more patients with implanted devices like pacemakers could safely undergo MRI and reap clinical benefits of the modality than do so currently, according to a new registry study published in Radiology: Cardiothoracic Imaging online October 22.  Discuss