Jury still out on MRI for cervical spine patients
July 22, 2016 -- To use MRI or not to use MRI for cervical spine clearance after blunt traumatic injury? That is the question -- and remains so, according to a study published in European Radiology. Researchers found "significant heterogeneity" in the literature around MRI's use, and emphasize that more research is needed.
MRI waiting times remain 'desperately stagnant' in France
July 19, 2016 -- Following the release of new figures about MRI waiting times in France, leading radiologists have voiced fresh concerns about the lack of progress. France constantly lags the same distance behind medical advances, according to Dr. Yves Menu, president of the French congress of radiology.
Use MRI for athletes' acute groin pain, study finds
July 15, 2016 -- As the Rio Olympics loom large, imaging of athletes is on the mind. A new study finds an MRI-based assessment approach for acute groin injuries shows good intra- and interrater reproducibility and may help improve clinician's confidence in scoring of these injuries.
Patient safety: MRI contrast use 'lacks consistency'
July 13, 2016 -- There is no consistent approach to renal function assessment prior to administration of gadolinium-based contrast agents, even though international guidance does exist and consistency is vital to minimize risk and ensure safe practice, a new U.K. survey has found.
Combo MRI scans show how stomach tells brain it's full
July 13, 2016 -- By combining anatomic MR images of the stomach with functional MR images of brain activity, Dutch researchers have shown how the stomach tells the brain it's full during a meal -- and how drinking more water can alter this communication channel.
fMRI software falls short of expectations
July 11, 2016 -- An extensive analysis of software commonly used for functional MRI (fMRI) has found false-positive rates of up to 70%, which may have adversely influenced the results of thousands of neuroimaging examinations, according to a Swedish/U.K. study.
MR-guided radiotherapy progresses in lung
July 8, 2016 -- By accounting for the presence of the magnetic field during treatment planning, it is possible to deliver clinically acceptable MR-guided lung stereotactic body radiotherapy treatments, report U.K. researchers. This result may pave the way toward improved radiotherapy treatments.
Could machine learning diagnose Alzheimer's disease?
July 7, 2016 -- Could techniques like machine learning help radiologists diagnose Alzheimer's disease? Dutch researchers used machine-learning software to analyze arterial spin-labeled MRI scans for signs of abnormal perfusion that could be a predictor of Alzheimer's, according to a study published on July 6 in Radiology.
Grangeiro's squad gets set for Olympic challenge
July 6, 2016 -- Dr. João Grangeiro has a fine Olympic pedigree. He's been involved in six summer and three winter Olympic Games, representing Brazil at volleyball and working as an orthopedic specialist. But his greatest challenge will come from 5 August to 18 September, when Rio 2016 takes place.
Brexit fallout: Industry braces itself
July 6, 2016 -- The U.K. referendum decision to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves through the global med-tech community. Accurate market predictions post-Brexit ("British exit") are tough, but Stephen Holloway gives it his best shot. He also looks at the outlook for MRI.