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
Do inpatient body MRI scans prove their worth?
October 1, 2018 -- An internal review of inpatient body MRI scans by clinicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center showed room for improvement in a number of key performance areas, according to a study published online September 24 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
3D-printed head phantom helps calibrate 7T MRI
October 1, 2018 -- Researchers from Pennsylvania have created a patient-specific 3D-printed head phantom that may facilitate the testing of new protocols on 7-tesla MRI scanners.  Discuss
Can AI predict outcomes for psychosis, depression?
September 28, 2018 -- Making use of MRI and clinical data, an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm outperformed clinical experts in predicting which people at high risk of psychosis or with depression need more intensive therapy, according to research published online September 26 in JAMA Psychiatry.  Discuss