Wayne Forrest

Wayne joined AuntMinnie.com in 2006 as a features editor shortly after serving for seven years as news editor for the former Medical Imaging monthly magazine and Medical Imaging News weekly newsletter. Wayne's journalism career spans more than 35 years and includes four years as a business writer and nine years in broadcast news. His primary areas of coverage are MRI, nuclear medicine, and molecular imaging.

Articles by this author
New PET tracer could aid melanoma detection
January 17, 2019 -- A new PET tracer designed to target melanin pigment could improve the detection of both primary and metastatic melanoma, according to a study published in the January issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.  Discuss
Both sides weigh in on plan to loosen radiopharma rules
January 16, 2019 -- The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's proposal to create a way for physicians with little or no background in nuclear medicine to become "limited authorized users" and dispense radiopharmaceuticals is drawing both opposition and support from across the healthcare spectrum.  Discuss
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
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
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
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
Editorial slams NRC plan to expand radiopharmaceutical users
January 7, 2019 -- An editorial published in the January issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine expressed strong objections to actions by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to promote its alternative pathway for physicians to gain certification to administer radionuclide therapies.  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
United Imaging breaks into U.S. imaging market
January 2, 2019 -- Shanghai-based United Imaging Healthcare (UIH) has officially put down stakes in the U.S. UIH Solutions made its debut at RSNA 2018 with a multimodality line of scanners, including a unique total-body PET scanner.  Discuss