Dear MRI Insider,
A team of researchers from Spain has found that MRI is just as effective as CT for assessing body composition in obese individuals at risk of conditions such as type 2 diabetes mellitus, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, and cardiovascular disease.
Why is this important? Because MRI carries the added benefit of not exposing patients to radiation. Check out our coverage of the team's review in this edition's Insider Exclusive.
Once you've read the exclusive, take a look at our story on more body composition research that suggests that an AI model trained on Dixon MRI could help with large studies investigating abdominal fat distribution in children. Then find out why uptake of breast MRI is low among women at high risk of breast cancer; why researchers from the Netherlands say that brain lesions on DWI-MRI don't necessarily lead to higher stroke risk; and how MRI illuminates the effects of long COVID-19 on the brain.
We're also highlighting study results that show how screening MRI improves prostate cancer diagnosis, as well as research regarding a machine-learning model used with breast MR images that suggests higher levels of background parenchymal enhancement may translate to increased breast cancer risk in women with extremely dense breasts.
Finally, we've covered research that outlines how functional MRI can generate maps of infant brain networks that could help clinicians better understand how young brains develop.
Our MRI Community keeps you current on the modality's cutting edges, and we invite you to visit it regularly. As always, if you have MRI topics you'd like us to consider, please contact me.