MRI to track brain development in kids | Contrast US for HCC | MyRadGirlfriend: Mnemonics

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

In a novel new project, researchers from North Carolina and Minnesota are going to use MRI to track the evolution of children's brains from birth to age 5.

Called the Baby Connectome Project, the initiative is designed to track the early period of a person's life, when brain development and environmental factors can have long-term effects on cognitive development. Four to six MRI scans will be performed on a group of 500 normally developing children whose behavioral development will be tracked over time.

The project has already received a big boost in terms of a $4 million grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Get the rest of the details by clicking here, or visit our MRI Community at mri.auntminnie.com.

Contrast US for HCC

Contrast ultrasound can be a good tool for characterizing tumors that are suspected of being hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) when MRI can't do the trick.

That's according to a new article in our Ultrasound Community, which describes research at the University of Calgary on using contrast ultrasound instead of CT or biopsy in suspected HCC cases that are indeterminate on MRI.

The study is good news for proponents of contrast use for radiology ultrasound, a technique that is still in its infancy in the U.S. Read more by clicking here, or visit our Ultrasound Community at ultrasound.auntminnie.com.

MyRadGirlfriend: Mnemonics

Using mnemonic tools to remember radiology terms is a great way to master volumes of material in radiology residency, but sometimes it can take over your life. If that's ever happened to you, you'll enjoy today's #MyRadGirlfriend panel -- check it out by clicking here.

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