Less jargon makes MRI reports easier to read
January 15, 2019 -- It's time for radiologists to use more common words that patients can understand when they read their lumbar spine MRI and other exam results, concluded a study published online January 8 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
MRI shows that cannabis alters youth brain development
January 15, 2019 -- MR images revealed that smoking even a small amount of cannabis increased gray-matter volume in several brain regions in 14-year-olds who imbibed recreationally, according to a study published online January 14 in the Journal of Neuroscience.  Discuss
Tissue enhancement on breast MRI informs cancer risk
January 14, 2019 -- Elevated levels of background parenchymal enhancement on breast MRI increase a woman's risk of developing invasive breast cancer -- even more than breast tissue density does, according to a study published online January 9 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.  Discuss
Can Legos make MRI scans less scary for patients?
January 14, 2019 -- Can an MRI scanner made out of Legos help nervous or claustrophobic patients get over their fear of receiving an MRI scan? A U.K. radiologic technologist believes it can. He has submitted his idea for a Lego replica of an open MRI scanner to the Danish toy manufacturer.  Discuss
Why is soccer ball heading more risky for women?
January 11, 2019 -- The authors of a new editorial in Radiology speculate on why soccer ball heading causes more brain changes on MRI scans in women than men. The team from Norway speculates that because both sexes play with the same standard-sized ball, heading has a relatively greater effect on women.  Discuss
Machine learning, fMRI unlock cellular brain properties
January 11, 2019 -- The combination of machine learning and functional MRI (fMRI) can reveal the cellular properties of brain regions, offering potential for noninvasive assessment of treatments for neurological diseases and the use of individualized therapies, according to research published online January 9 in Science Advances.  Discuss
Alzheimer's biomarkers could affect races differently
January 10, 2019 -- Using MRI and PET scans and cerebrospinal fluid assays, researchers have collected data on a variety of key biomarkers that might explain whether Alzheimer's disease develops differently in Caucasians and African-Americans. So far, the preliminary findings are creating more questions than answers in a study published online January 7 in JAMA Neurology.  Discuss
Beyond BMI: AMRA aims to take MRI fat analysis further
January 9, 2019 -- SAN FRANCISCO - Image analysis software developer AMRA Medical hopes to take body fat analysis beyond the measurement of body mass index (BMI) with an application that analyzes MRI scans to assess health risk, according to a presentation on Tuesday at the Digital Medicine & Medtech (DigiMed) Showcase.  Discuss
Ariz. group follows MUSE to 15-minute MRI scans
January 9, 2019 -- Researchers at the University of Arizona are on a path to creating an MRI protocol that could produce high-resolution brain images in as little as 15 minutes to benefit patients who have an especially difficult time remaining still during scans.  Discuss
German study may offer new way to detect gadolinium
January 7, 2019 -- Researchers from Germany are mulling the possibility that significantly lower T1 relaxation times may indicate the presence of gadolinium in the brains of patients who have undergone multiple contrast-enhanced MRI scans. Results of their study were published online January 1 in Radiology.  Discuss