Room for improvement in making MRI scans less noisy
February 15, 2018 -- In the effort to reduce noise in MRI scans, a variety of new technologies have been introduced. Researchers from New Zealand assessed one of these technologies in a study published in the February American Journal of Roentgenology and found it may be suited for T1-weighted MRI but not MR angiography.  Discuss
Indian group defends radiologist in fatal MRI incident
February 13, 2018 -- A local branch of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association has come to the defense of the radiologist who was arrested in connection with the death of a man who carried an oxygen cylinder into an MRI suite in January, according to a February 12 article in the Indian Express.  Discuss
Study finds gadolinium leaks into eyes of stroke patients
February 8, 2018 -- Researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health found that gadolinium from MRI contrast can leak into the eyes of stroke patients who receive scans. They don't understand the mechanism of the leakage, although it may have some clinical consequences, according to a February 7 paper in Neurology.  Discuss
NYC tourists + rental bike - helmet = trip to ER
February 6, 2018 -- Is the growing popularity of rental bikes in New York City driving an increase in the number of bicycle-related trauma cases being seen in the city's emergency rooms (ERs)? It might, if new information from a hospital that treats people injured in Central Park is any indication.  Discuss
10 top tips on best use of MR enterography in small bowel
February 6, 2018 -- Used properly, magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) can play a valuable clinical role in a variety of small-bowel disorders, according to Iranian researchers, who have revealed the 10 main lessons learned from conducting around 1,100 examinations over the past four years.  Discuss
Whole-body MRI gains momentum for oncology cases
February 6, 2018 -- Whole-body MRI is an emerging clinical tool for accurate and early assessment of oncology patients in a single, noninvasive technique, Egyptian researchers have found. It's a reliable, reproducible method that is ideal for follow-up, they added.  Discuss
Zika's effects hard to detect on ultrasound, MRI
February 5, 2018 -- A new animal study published February 5 in Nature Medicine illustrates the challenges in detecting how the Zika virus affects the fetuses of infected mothers. Researchers found that the Zika virus caused injury to the brains of fetal macaque monkeys that was hard to detect with ultrasound and even MRI.  Discuss
Macrocyclic GBCA again shows less signal intensity in kids
February 2, 2018 -- A study from Germany in the February issue of Investigative Radiology found that the use of a linear gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA) resulted in increased signal intensity in two brain regions in pediatric patients, compared with the use of a macrocyclic GBCA.  Discuss
MRI scan volume drops in 2017, but new purchases planned
January 30, 2018 -- Bucking a consistently upward trend, the total number of MRI procedures in the U.S. decreased in 2017 for the first time in two decades, as procedures shifted from independent standalone facilities to hospital-based imaging centers, according to a new market research report by IMV Medical Information Division.  Discuss
Indian man carrying oxygen tank dies in MRI suite
January 29, 2018 -- A visit to see his mother-in-law in a state-run hospital in India turned tragic for an Indian man who was killed when an oxygen cylinder he was carrying pulled him into the bore of an MRI scanner.  Discuss