Radiologists influence cost of incidental MRI follow-up
October 15, 2018 -- When radiologists find incidental pancreatic cysts on MRI scans, patients can benefit from prompt treatment. But what happens when ordering physicians don't heed the advice of radiologists for follow-up? One outcome is that downstream costs can vary widely, according to an October 9 study in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
MRI of carotid artery aids cardiovascular risk assessment
October 9, 2018 -- Using MRI instead of ultrasound to measure the wall thickness of carotid arteries might greatly improve the assessment of risk for adverse cardiovascular events and disease in people with no history of atherosclerosis or plaque formation, according to a study published online October 9 in Radiology.  Discuss
AI, diffusion MRI can predict outcomes for epilepsy
October 5, 2018 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that analyzes whole-brain structural connectome maps produced from diffusion MRI studies can accurately predict surgical outcomes in patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy, according to research published in the September issue of Epilepsia.  Discuss
Do inpatient body MRI scans prove their worth?
October 1, 2018 -- An internal review of inpatient body MRI scans by clinicians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center showed room for improvement in a number of key performance areas, according to a study published online September 24 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
3D-printed head phantom helps calibrate 7T MRI
October 1, 2018 -- Researchers from Pennsylvania have created a patient-specific 3D-printed head phantom that may facilitate the testing of new protocols on 7-tesla MRI scanners.  Discuss
Can AI predict outcomes for psychosis, depression?
September 28, 2018 -- Making use of MRI and clinical data, an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm outperformed clinical experts in predicting which people at high risk of psychosis or with depression need more intensive therapy, according to research published online September 26 in JAMA Psychiatry.  Discuss
Ga-68 PSMA-11 PET/MRI advances prostate cancer detection
September 25, 2018 -- PET/MRI scans with a gallium-68 (Ga-68)-labeled radiopharmaceutical that homes in on prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA)-11 could become a mainstay in prostate cancer detection, given its ability to significantly outperform multiparametric MRI alone, according to a study published online September 18 in Radiology.  Discuss
Early MRI aids in prognosis for severe TBI
September 25, 2018 -- By performing an MRI scan soon after traumatic brain injury (TBI), clinicians can more quickly gather prognostic information based on the type and specific location of the injury, according to a study by researchers from Saudi Arabia and published in the Journal of Affected Disorders.  Discuss
AI helps uncover clues for Alzheimer's disease in MRI data
September 24, 2018 -- Making use of both gray-matter morphometry and white-matter tractography techniques, the combination of artificial intelligence (AI) and multimodality MRI can accurately predict if a patient will develop Alzheimer's disease, enabling early treatment, according to research published on bioRxiv.org.  Discuss
7T fMRI, AI illustrate how memories help with daily activities
September 21, 2018 -- Could it simply be déjà vu all over again? In a study published online September 19 in Neuron, European researchers used 7-tesla functional MRI (fMRI) scans and artificial intelligence (AI) to determine how the brain connects with a person's memory and past experiences to solve daily problems.  Discuss