Study confirms viability of low-field MRI for ICH
October 21, 2020 -- A portable low-field MRI scanner could offer an alternative to standard imaging with MRI or CT in the management of patients with suspected intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), according to poster research presented earlier this month during the virtual annual meeting of the American Neurological Association.  Discuss
MRI biomarker portends preterm infant development risks
October 20, 2020 -- A quantitative MRI software application can predict which preterm infants will go on to develop motor development disorders such as cerebral palsy, potentially enabling risk stratification and early interventions in these children, according to research published online September 28 in Scientific Reports.  Discuss
Errors on prior MRI exams show need for specialty reads
October 16, 2020 -- A high rate of discrepancies on primary body MRI exams acquired at outside institutions such as community hospitals shows a clear need for second exam interpretations by subspecialists when patients are transferred to a new center, according to a study published online October 14 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Startup BrainKey offers brain MRI direct to consumers
October 15, 2020 -- A California-based startup called BrainKey is offering MRI exams straight to consumers with the pitch that they can explore 3D models of their own brains. BrainKey's backers believe that the service will help consumers assess their brain health and could prompt early care for future ailments.  Discuss
Impaired blood flow linked to tau buildup in AD patients
October 12, 2020 -- Using MR and PET imaging, researchers from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles have found a connection between impaired blood flow to the brain and tau protein buildup in patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to a study published October 12 in the Journal of Neuroscience.  Discuss
4D MRI could be big leap forward for fetal heart imaging
October 12, 2020 -- Clinicians could have better information about fetal heart health thanks to a new imaging method developed by researchers from London. The team described how they used 4D MRI to measure volumetric blood flow in a paper published on October 5 in Nature Communications.  Discuss
Severe COVID-19 puts patients at risk of encephalopathy
October 7, 2020 -- A third of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 experience various forms of encephalopathy, or altered mental states, including an inability to reason, difficulty concentrating, or memory loss, according to a study published October 5 in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology.  Discuss
Presurgical cardiac stress testing on decline
October 6, 2020 -- Presurgical cardiac stress testing is on the decline, according to a study published September 30 in JAMA Cardiology. The research suggests that efforts from professional organizations to curb unnecessary healthcare interventions through issuing guidelines has been successful.  Discuss
Breast MRI screening use is up, but is it appropriate?
October 1, 2020 -- More women who are at high risk of developing breast cancer are getting regular screening with MRI. But a particular subpopulation -- those with BRCA mutations -- continue to be underscreened, according to a study published September 28 in the journal Cancer.  Discuss
MRI-guided biopsy improves prostate cancer assessment
September 30, 2020 -- In-bore MRI-guided biopsy following a positive transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy finds missed cancers and improves disease assessment, according to a study published September 25 in Radiology: Imaging Cancer.  Discuss