Week in Review: MRI of autism | RSNA coverage starts Sunday | Wine treated with ultrasound

Dear AuntMinnie Member,

RSNA 2021 starts on Sunday, but this week RSNA has been giving us a sneak peek at some of the scientific presentations that will be at the top of the agenda at Chicago's McCormick Place.

In one paper, researchers from Yale University used MRI to examine how autism affects the white-matter microstructure of young people with the condition. They found certain changes that were most dramatic in areas that help the two hemispheres of the brain communicate.

In another paper, German researchers found that women using intrauterine devices for birth control had higher levels of background parenchymal enhancement on breast MRI -- signs that the devices could be having a systemic effect on the body.

And a group from Massachusetts General Hospital found a sharp reduction in CT scans performed for cancer screening during the COVID-19 pandemic. They posited that this could lead to higher cancer death rates in years to come.

RSNA coverage starts on Sunday

The main event -- RSNA 2021 -- starts on Sunday, and you'll be able to follow along with what's been called the Super Bowl of radiology in our RADCast @ RSNA. Our editors will be filing daily reports on presentations at the meeting, so be sure to check back early and often.

Are you looking for a preview of what will be hot at McCormick Place (and also on the RSNA's virtual stream of the event)? Be sure to check out our Road to RSNA previews, in which we note the abstracts that are most likely to have attendees buzzing. We've divided the talks up by modality, from artificial intelligence to MRI, to make it easy to find what you're looking for.

Wine treated with ultrasound

Finally, we're in the heart of the holiday season, and despite the COVID-19 pandemic, many people will be enjoying a glass of fine wine with their holiday meals. Could ultrasound help bring your favorite varietal to the table faster in the not-too-distant future?

Italian researchers investigated this question by treating cabernet sauvignon with ultrasound beams to accelerate the aging process. Sound crazy? Check out the results of their work in our Ultrasound Community.

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