Breast MRI technique helps cancer detection without contrast
February 20, 2018 -- German researchers have developed a novel breast MRI technique that greatly reduces false-positive findings and increases the detection of breast cancer -- without the need for a gadolinium-based contrast agent, according to a study published online February 20 in Radiology.  Discuss
Study finds scanner noise from 3T MRI can affect hearing
February 20, 2018 -- Even with ear protection, increased acoustic noise from a 3-tesla MRI scan can cause a temporary reduction in a patient's ability to hear. But the good news is there are no long-lasting adverse effects, according to a study published in the February issue of Radiology.  Discuss
DTI-MRI ties lack of fitness to cognitive decline
February 16, 2018 -- With the aid of diffusion-tensor MR imaging (DTI-MRI), researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center have discovered that a lack of physical fitness can lead to deteriorated nerve fibers in the brain and eventually cognitive decline, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.  Discuss
Havana embassy case baffles clinicians -- despite MRI
February 15, 2018 -- What caused a series of mysterious illnesses among diplomatic personnel at the U.S. embassy in Havana in 2016 and 2017? A study published February 15 in the Journal of the American Medical Association hints at symptoms similar to concussion but without evidence of trauma. And MRI scans were unable to shed light on the mystery.  Discuss
Room for improvement in making MRI scans less noisy
February 15, 2018 -- In the effort to reduce noise in MRI scans, a variety of new technologies have been introduced. Researchers from New Zealand assessed one of these technologies in a study published in the February American Journal of Roentgenology and found it may be suited for T1-weighted MRI but not MR angiography.  Discuss
Indian group defends radiologist in fatal MRI incident
February 13, 2018 -- A local branch of the Indian Radiological and Imaging Association has come to the defense of the radiologist who was arrested in connection with the death of a man who carried an oxygen cylinder into an MRI suite in January, according to a February 12 article in the Indian Express.  Discuss
Study finds gadolinium leaks into eyes of stroke patients
February 8, 2018 -- Researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health found that gadolinium from MRI contrast can leak into the eyes of stroke patients who receive scans. They don't understand the mechanism of the leakage, although it may have some clinical consequences, according to a February 7 paper in Neurology.  Discuss
NYC tourists + rental bike - helmet = trip to ER
February 6, 2018 -- Is the growing popularity of rental bikes in New York City driving an increase in the number of bicycle-related trauma cases being seen in the city's emergency rooms (ERs)? It might, if new information from a hospital that treats people injured in Central Park is any indication.  Discuss
10 top tips on best use of MR enterography in small bowel
February 6, 2018 -- Used properly, magnetic resonance enterography (MRE) can play a valuable clinical role in a variety of small-bowel disorders, according to Iranian researchers, who have revealed the 10 main lessons learned from conducting around 1,100 examinations over the past four years.  Discuss
Whole-body MRI gains momentum for oncology cases
February 6, 2018 -- Whole-body MRI is an emerging clinical tool for accurate and early assessment of oncology patients in a single, noninvasive technique, Egyptian researchers have found. It's a reliable, reproducible method that is ideal for follow-up, they added.  Discuss