Breast MRI works for evaluating equivocal DBT findings
September 17, 2018 -- Breast MRI is an effective tool for further assessment of inconclusive digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) findings, according to a study published online September 12 in the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
AI algorithm produces synthetic brain MR images
September 16, 2018 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can produce synthetic brain MR images, solving a number of challenges in training AI algorithms, according to research presented on September 16 at the International Conference on Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention in Granada, Spain.  Discuss
High-risk women benefit from twice-yearly breast MRI
September 14, 2018 -- Women at high genetic risk for breast cancer benefit more from twice-yearly dynamic contrast-enhanced breast MRI than from annual mammography, according to research published online August 28 in Clinical Cancer Research.  Discuss
Prostate MRI coverage varies greatly -- with many caveats
September 13, 2018 -- Insurance coverage for prostate MRI scans varies widely among private payors, requires certain conditions for reimbursement of major conditions, and does not reflect current clinical practice. Those harsh conclusions are contained in a new study published online September 11 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
Research road map drives inquiry into gadolinium's effects
September 12, 2018 -- What's causing gadolinium retention after the use of gadolinium-based contrast agents for MRI scans? Even the most knowledgeable experts don't know for sure, but they hope to clear up some of the confusion with a new research road map unveiled September 11 in a special report published in Radiology.  Discuss
Timing of DWI-MRI predicts breast cancer response
September 11, 2018 -- Diffusion-weighted MR images acquired 12 weeks after the start of neoadjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer may provide the best indication of how patients will respond to treatment, according to a study published online September 4 in Radiology.  Discuss
AI can distinguish between types of spondylitis on MRI
September 10, 2018 -- An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can differentiate between tuberculous spondylitis and pyogenic spondylitis on MRI at a level comparable to that of experienced musculoskeletal radiologists, according to research published online September 3 in Scientific Reports.  Discuss
Is Medicare paying enough for MRI-compatible implants?
September 7, 2018 -- U.S. hospitals could be losing up to $400 million annually on placing MRI-compatible cardiac rhythm management devices in patients due to a discrepancy between what the devices cost and what Medicare is paying for them, according to a new report by group purchasing organization Vizient.  Discuss
MRI shows concussions can loosen brain's myelin
September 6, 2018 -- MR images of hockey players with concussions showed a loosening of protective myelin in the brain two weeks after the injury, even though the skaters felt fine and were declared ready to return to play, according to a study published online August 6 in Frontiers in Neurology.  Discuss
Training is paramount to achieving MRI safety
August 31, 2018 -- "With careful consideration, control, and training, imaging with MR can be a relatively innocuous experience for both patients and personnel." Those words of wisdom come from an article published online August 24 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology on how to reduce or eliminate accidents and injuries in the MRI suite.  Discuss