AuntMinnie.com MRI Insider

Dear MRI Insider,

Now that most of us order our holiday gifts online, the concept of window shopping seems to have gone the way of the ancient yuletide carol. Fortunately, you can still take a virtual stroll in the MRI Digital Community and browse for the latest news.

First, feast your eyes on our Insider Exclusive on acute reactions to gadolinium-based contrast agents. Now we're not talking about chronic conditions such as nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF), but acute allergic reactions that are mild yet still serious. Researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor published their experience with these acute reactions, and lead author Dr. Jonathan Dillman discussed the clinical impact of their results with AuntMinnie.com. Click here for the details.

In other festive updates, learn about the revamped MRI guidelines that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is slated to release just in time for the new year. Our friends at MRIPlanning.com contributed to the VA document and offer a preview of what you'll find in the guidelines.

Then amble through the community for the following chestnuts from the 2007 RSNA meeting in Chicago:

Finally, be sure to park your sleigh back at the MRI Digital Community on Wednesday for an article on how open MRI is a gift to patients who can't relax during an exam (even after downing that preimaging glass of wassail).

We wish you peace, love, and happiness in the new year!

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