Top 10 AuntMinnie stories for 2018
December 21, 2018 -- The stunning news that industrial conglomerate GE is spinning off its GE Healthcare division into a standalone company was the top radiology news story of 2018 on, as measured by traffic from our readers. Other top stories included a fatal MRI accident in India and MRI centers reporting problems with their iPhones.  Discuss
Many knee MRI scans may not be clinically indicated
December 19, 2018 -- For at least one healthcare system, there is plenty of room for improvement when it comes to following the American College of Radiology's Appropriateness Criteria for the use of MRI in nontraumatic knee pain, according to a study published online December 12 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
MRI offers view of liver fat loss in obese patients
December 18, 2018 -- Getting an MRI scan won't help you lose weight, but the modality can be useful in determining the success of bariatric surgery in combination with a very low-calorie diet. A specialized MRI sequence helped track the success of bariatric surgery in a study published online December 18 in Radiology.  Discuss
Mouse kidney MR image wins top honors
December 14, 2018 -- A diffusion-tensor MR image (DTI-MRI) of a mouse kidney described as "stunning" has been named the top image in the second annual "research in progress" photo competition held by BMC.  Discuss
Patients report long-term gadolinium presence in urine
December 12, 2018 -- New data are raising questions about how long it takes gadolinium to exit the body after MRI scans. Using urine samples, researchers from gadolinium patient advocacy group the Lighthouse Project found elevated levels of gadolinium in patients years after their scans -- levels that exceeded the reference levels of some labs.  Discuss
Advanced MRI better option for brain tumor recurrence
December 11, 2018 -- Is PET or MRI better for detecting tumor recurrence in patients with brain metastases who received radiation therapy? While PET and conventional MRI performed about the same, MRI gets the edge if advanced scanning sequences are used, according to a Korean study in the December issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
NIH wraps up enrollment for adolescent brain study
December 5, 2018 -- The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) has finished enrollment for its Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development study, which will be the largest long-term U.S. study to track brain development in children.  Discuss
Can black bone MRI match CT for pediatric head trauma?
December 3, 2018 -- Black bone MRI may be a viable, radiation-free alternative to CT for the evaluation of children presenting with abusive head trauma -- particularly for detecting skull fractures, according to a Friday presentation at RSNA 2018 in Chicago.  Discuss
DWI-MRI may be best for indeterminate lung nodules
December 3, 2018 -- Diffusion-weighted MRI (DWI-MRI) offers comparable or even superior diagnostic performance to FDG-PET/CT for differentiating malignant and benign pulmonary nodules and masses, according to a meta-analysis published online November 27 in Radiology.  Discuss
A SMART way to reduce pediatric sedation MRI delays
November 30, 2018 -- CHICAGO - Having to wait almost two months for a pediatric MRI scan with sedation is no way to run an imaging facility. It's one of the reasons staff at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City launched the SMART program to better serve this young population, according to a Thursday talk at RSNA 2018.  Discuss