Report: Staff was on phone before fatal MRI scan in India
April 19, 2018 -- At least one hospital staff member was using the phone and failed to warn an Indian man who was killed when he carried a metal oxygen cylinder into an MRI suite in January, according to an official report released by authorities in Mumbai. The inquiry pins the blame for the accident on lax safety procedures at the hospital.  Discuss
fcMRI scans could help identify brain disorders
April 18, 2018 -- Using functional connectivity MRI (fcMRI) scans to show how various brain networks interact and activate to perform basic daily tasks may someday help diagnose abnormalities in people with brain disorders, according to a study published April 18 in Neuron.  Discuss
3D knee model reveals ACL tear same in men, women
April 18, 2018 -- When researchers recreated an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) rupture using 3D models based on MR scans of knees, they found no mechanistic differences in the injury between men and women, according to an article published online April 18 in the American Journal of Sports Medicine.  Discuss
MRI for knee pain adds cost with negligible benefit
April 18, 2018 -- The early diagnosis of an abnormality in any part of the body is often seen as a way to speed recovery. Having an MRI scan for knee pain when symptoms begin, however, hikes healthcare costs with no great benefit to the patient's quality of life, according to a study published online April 17 in Radiology.  Discuss
Report tallies growth in imaging scanners in Canada
April 17, 2018 -- The number of MRI scanners in operation in Canada has grown 65% over the past 10 years, while the number of CT scanners has increased 35% over the same period, according to a new report published by the nonprofit Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health.  Discuss
Multiparametric MRI shines for suspected breast cancer
April 13, 2018 -- Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI and diffusion-weighted imaging each have advantages and disadvantages for assessing suspicious breast lesions. The optimal approach is multiparametric MRI using both methods, according to a new study published online in Investigative Radiology.  Discuss
Deep learning performs superresolution MSK MRI
April 11, 2018 -- A deep-learning algorithm can transform low-resolution, thick-slice knee MR images into high-resolution, thin-slice images -- potentially yielding faster image acquisition, lower costs, and fewer motion artifacts in musculoskeletal MRI, according to research published online in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.  Discuss
Report to blame 'overburdened' staff for fatal MRI scan
April 10, 2018 -- A preliminary report into the death of a man pulled into the bore of an MRI scanner at an Indian hospital will blame an "overburdened" staff at the Mumbai hospital for not following proper security and safety procedures at the time of the January accident.  Discuss
MRI technique could let cardiac patients breathe easier
April 10, 2018 -- Researchers at Cedars-Sinai are giving the term multitasking a new meaning by developing an MRI technique that eliminates breath-holds and shortens cardiac scan time, according to a paper published online April 9 in Nature Biomedical Engineering.  Discuss
MRI shows maternal depression meds affect babies' brains
April 9, 2018 -- Babies whose mothers took medication to control their depression were found to have significantly more gray matter on MRI scans in several brain regions than infants whose mothers did not receive medication for their condition, according to a study published online April 9 in JAMA Pediatrics.  Discuss