MRI shows promise in diagnosing CTE in living patients
August 23, 2016 -- MRI scans four years apart have detected a loss of brain volume in regions associated with chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). The results could be the first time the degenerative neurological condition has been identified in a living person, according to a paper published online August 23 in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.  Discuss
Lack of reimbursement doesn't slow use of perfusion MRI
August 22, 2016 -- The use of perfusion MRI is growing for neurological applications, even though there is no specific reimbursement for the technique, according to a study published in the August issue of the American Journal of Roentgenology.  Discuss
Is MRI accurate for assessing the age of teen athletes?
August 18, 2016 -- A policy by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) of using MRI to verify the ages of young soccer players perhaps should get the boot, figuratively speaking, based on a number of clinical studies and radiology and orthopedic specialists.  Discuss
Study finds gadolinium hot spots, but no clinical effects
August 17, 2016 -- Patients who received more than 35 injections of gadolinium-based contrast agents had higher levels of signal intensity on unenhanced MR images of the brain, according to a new study published online August 11 in Radiology. But researchers weren't able to find any adverse clinical effects in the individuals.  Discuss
MRI scanners running nonstop at Olympic polyclinic
August 12, 2016 -- The Olympic polyclinic inside Rio de Janeiro's Olympic Village -- and especially the imaging suite -- has become wildly popular with athletes and their entourages during the 2016 games, according to an August 11 story in USA Today.  Discuss
Novel MR-based test shortens sepsis detection time
August 12, 2016 -- A Massachusetts start-up has developed a tabletop device that uses MR technology to scan blood samples from patients with a suspected sepsis infection. The company, T2 Biosystems, hopes its technology will speed the use of targeted treatment for sepsis patients, enhancing clinical outcomes and reducing hospital costs.  Discuss
Study finds signs of gadolinium retention in kids
August 3, 2016 -- A new study published online July 28 in Radiology has disturbing news about gadolinium contrast retention. Colorado researchers found that pediatric patients given a linear gadolinium-based contrast agent had increased MR signal intensity in a certain region of the brain.  Discuss
Brain MRI shows lingering effects of concussion
July 22, 2016 -- MRI scans of college athletes who have a history of concussion show changes in brain size, blood flow, and structural white matter months and even years after injury, according to a study published online July 21 in the Journal of Neurotrauma.  Discuss
Machine learning may aid evaluation of prostate MRI
July 20, 2016 -- Multiparametric prostate MRI exams can be difficult to interpret, particularly for those who aren't expert genitourinary radiologists. Machine-learning software may be able to make that task a lot easier, however, according to a proof-of-concept study from the University of California, Los Angeles.  Discuss
Compact MRI developer targets clinical market
July 15, 2016 -- Compact MRI technology developer Aspect Imaging is known for its presence in the preclinical MRI sector, but the company is now looking to break new ground. The Israeli firm has unveiled a 1-tesla hand and wrist system, the first in a planned series of dedicated clinical offerings.  Discuss