Video from ECR 2017: Dr. Johannes Heverhagen on gadolinium contrast
March 2, 2017 -- VIENNA - Gadolinium phobia remains a very real danger in Europe, but practical measures can help to reduce the risk, according to Dr. Johannes Heverhagen, PhD, from the University Hospital of Bern in Switzerland. In this video from ECR 2017, he also provides an update on the European Medicines Agency's investigation.  Discuss
Preoperative breast MRI: More help than harm
March 1, 2017 -- VIENNA - Preoperative breast MRI in women with newly diagnosed breast cancer can help tailor surgical treatment and does not significantly increase the mastectomy rate, according to research presented at ECR 2017.  Discuss
Siemens to launch new 3T Vida MRI scanner at ECR 2017
February 28, 2017 -- Siemens Healthineers plans to use ECR 2017 this week as the platform to launch Magnetom Vida, a new 3-tesla MRI scanner. Vida is the first system based on BioMatrix, a new Siemens technology that adapts scanning parameters to patient anatomy and physiology.  Discuss
Cardiac implants may be safer in MRI than thought
February 23, 2017 -- A new study published February 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine indicates that implantable cardiac devices may be safer in the MRI environment than previously thought. In more than 1,000 patients who received nonthoracic scans, researchers found no device or lead failures, even with devices that were not certified for use with MR imaging.  Discuss
Breast MRI benefits women across all risk categories
February 21, 2017 -- Screening breast MRI boosts early diagnosis of cancer in all women, not just those at high risk, according to a new study from Germany published online this week in Radiology. So why isn't the modality being used more frequently?  Discuss
MRI opens early window into autism
February 16, 2017 -- MRI scans in combination with a computer algorithm helped researchers predict which infants with older autistic siblings would exhibit autistic characteristics themselves by age 2, according to a study published online February 15 in Nature.  Discuss
MRI start-up Alzeca takes aim at Alzheimer's disease
February 15, 2017 -- A new start-up company called Alzeca Biosciences is developing an MRI contrast agent that the company hopes will become an alternative to PET for early-stage diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. The firm has hired imaging industry veteran Carlo Medici to leverage his experience in the contrast market.  Discuss
Do MRI scans cause genetic damage? Probably not
February 14, 2017 -- Should patients undergoing MRI scans be concerned about genetic damage? It's a relatively novel question, but one that's percolated to the surface in the past several years. Fortunately, a new literature review found little evidence to support the idea that MRI can cause genetic damage.  Discuss
MRI pioneer Sir Peter Mansfield dies
February 9, 2017 -- Nobel laureate Sir Peter Mansfield, PhD, who performed early research in nuclear magnetic resonance that led to the creation of MRI, died on February 8 at the age of 83, the University of Nottingham announced.  Discuss
Machine-learning analysis of heart motion predicts survival
February 9, 2017 -- A machine-learning survival model based on 3D cardiac motion predicts outcomes beyond conventional risk factors in patients with pulmonary hypertension, according to a new study from the U.K. and Singapore. Semiautomated analysis of the cine MR images could potentially be used to guide patient management.  Discuss