Did MRI helium leak take out hospital's iPhones?
October 31, 2018 -- Social media websites are buzzing with speculation that newer Apple iPhones are susceptible to helium leakage from MRI scanners, based on a recent incident at a hospital near Chicago in which more than three dozen Apple devices stopped working after a scanner installation.  Discuss
Canadian group tackles MRI waits through scheduling
October 31, 2018 -- Wait times for MRI scans have been a troublesome issue in Canada. But in Ontario, researchers have developed a method that could double the number of patients who receive MRI scans within targeted wait times by using computer technology to give higher priority to patients the longer they have been waiting.  Discuss
MRI shows how extended space travel affects the brain
October 29, 2018 -- Recovering from weightlessness might be the least of the problems that astronauts face when they return home to Earth. MRI scans revealed a loss of gray-matter volume in the brain soon after touchdown and prolonged changes in circulation of cerebrospinal fluid some seven months later, according to a study published in the October 25 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.  Discuss
MRI could play role in curing digestive disorders
October 26, 2018 -- Relief may finally be near for people who experience significant abdominal pain and discomfort. Researchers at Purdue University are developing a way to use MRI to track the efficacy of electric stimulation of the vagus nerve to alleviate stomach dysfunction, according to a paper published in the October issue of Neurogastroenterology and Motility.  Discuss
Can whole-body MRI be used in oncologic staging?
October 23, 2018 -- Offering similar performance to PET/CT but without requiring radiation dose, multiparametric whole-body MRI could feasibly be used for staging metastatic lesions and evaluating treatment response in a variety of cancers, according to a study published in the November issue of Academic Radiology.  Discuss
Gadolinium-enhanced MRI with PET best for prostate cancer
October 22, 2018 -- Which MR imaging sequence used with whole-body fluorocholine-PET/MRI is most proficient at detecting metastases and staging patients with prostate cancer? Canadian researchers put four sequences through their paces in a study published online October 17 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Key MRI markers link vascular brain injury to health risks
October 22, 2018 -- Which MRI markers of vascular brain injury are most significantly associated with a greater risk for stroke, dementia, and death in older adults? If you answered white-matter hyperintensities, brain infarcts, and cerebral microbleeds, your conclusion matches the findings of a meta-analysis published online October 22 in JAMA Neurology.  Discuss
Radiologists influence cost of incidental MRI follow-up
October 15, 2018 -- When radiologists find incidental pancreatic cysts on MRI scans, patients can benefit from prompt treatment. But what happens when ordering physicians don't heed the advice of radiologists for follow-up? One outcome is that downstream costs can vary widely, according to an October 9 study in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
MRI of carotid artery aids cardiovascular risk assessment
October 9, 2018 -- Using MRI instead of ultrasound to measure the wall thickness of carotid arteries might greatly improve the assessment of risk for adverse cardiovascular events and disease in people with no history of atherosclerosis or plaque formation, according to a study published online October 9 in Radiology.  Discuss
AI, diffusion MRI can predict outcomes for epilepsy
October 5, 2018 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that analyzes whole-brain structural connectome maps produced from diffusion MRI studies can accurately predict surgical outcomes in patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy, according to research published in the September issue of Epilepsia.  Discuss