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While fiber-optic tracheobronchoscopy is the current gold standard for evaluating pediatric airway restriction, developments in image postprocessing techniques have made CT a competitive diagnostic choice, according to a research team led by Dr. Savvas Andronikou from University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.

Among other benefits, CT with postprocessing techniques doesn't require anesthesia or an invasive procedure, and it provides pediatricians with imaging perspectives that match their clinical and anatomical understanding, according to the group.

The authors presented an update on technical developments in postprocessing of pediatric airway imaging in a minisymposium published in Pediatric Radiology. Our coverage of their work is this newsletter's Insider Exclusive, available to you before our other AuntMinnie.com members.

In other news in the Advanced Visualization Digital Community, researchers from Northwestern University recently found that a software tool can provide fast and precise semiautomated volumetric quantification of pleural effusions on MDCT studies. How much time did the method save? Click here to find out.

A surface-based MRI method to measure cortical thickness also appeared to uncover new information that might help the development of treatments for migraine headaches. An Italian research team found that migraine headaches could be related to brain abnormalities present at birth and other abnormalities that develop over time, according to an article by features editor Wayne Forrest.

Finally, automated postprocessing tools were recently shown to be suitable for assessing myocardial scar tissue from late gadolinium enhancement on cardiac MR exams. Get the details by clicking here.

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