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Researchers find novel way to image women with breast implants
July 2, 2012 -- Imaging women with silicone breast implants with diffusion-weighted MR imaging is a challenge, but a possible solution is to combine short-tau inversion recovery and slice-select gradient reversal to eliminate or reduce silicone signal, according to a study published online in European Radiology on 16 June.
MRI with gadolinium oxide particles finds more MS lesions
June 27, 2012 -- The combination of gadolinium and ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide particles in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) reveals 51% more active lesions in MRI scans than gadolinium alone, French researchers report in the July issue of Radiology.
Diffusion-weighted MRI provides boost for breast lesion detection
June 20, 2012 -- Diffusion-weighted MRI and apparent diffusion coefficient measurements help increase the specificity of breast MRI to more than 90% and provide faster imaging times in a noninvasive, nonionizing radiation way, concludes a new meta-analysis from France.
Europe celebrates the forgotten pioneer of MRI: Dr. Erik Odeblad
June 19, 2012 -- Dr. Erik Odeblad, PhD, of Sweden was recently awarded the 2012 European Magnetic Resonance Award. In his latest column, the Maverinck highlights Odeblad's pioneering contributions to the application of magnetic resonance in medicine and biology.
European study shows strokes among younger patients often missed
June 13, 2012 -- Strokes in younger people tend to be overlooked, or symptoms are being misinterpreted, Dr. Franz Fazekas, head of neurology at the Medical University of Graz in Austria, reported in a large-scale European study presented at this week's European Neurological Society meeting in Prague.
ESGAR: Take care not to overlook paraduodenal pancreatitis
June 13, 2012 -- Insufficient attention is given to paraduodenal pancreatitis, a distinct form of chronic pancreatitis, occurring predominantly in and around the duodenum along the minor papilla, according to award-winning research from the European Society of Gastrointestinal and Abdominal Radiology (ESGAR) annual meeting in Edinburgh, U.K.
From Russia without love? Cardiac turf battles loom large
June 5, 2012 -- A meeting due to be held on Wednesday, 6 June, in Moscow will focus on the issue of postgraduate cardiology education and training -- and specifically the use of imaging techniques by cardiologists. To date, most imaging procedures in Russia have been uniquely in the remit of radiologists.
Cardiac CT equivalent to MRI for post-transplant evaluations
June 4, 2012 -- Dual-source CT is as accurate as MRI, and better than echo, for evaluating the left ventriculum years after patients receive transplanted hearts, according to a joint Spanish and Italian study in the European Journal of Radiology that compared dual-source CT and echocardiography with cardiac MRI.
7T MRI helps predict multiple sclerosis in uncertain cases
June 4, 2012 -- Researchers have achieved 100% positive and negative predictive values using 7-tesla MRI and a specialized scanning protocol to scan the brains of patients suspected of having multiple sclerosis (MS). The technique could possibly be applied to 3-tesla magnets, providing a means to diagnose MS patients without further invasive workup.
Ultrahigh-field MRI: Hoofing it into the clinic
June 1, 2012 -- A growing number of reports eloquently speak about explorations into 7-tesla MRI, with the goal of making the transition to the clinic. This progress is no great surprise, but a number of challenges remain. They should not be hidden under the carpet, but rather act as a surface marker.
Anywhere, anytime: MRI education websites fill knowledge gaps
June 1, 2012 -- There's good news for those looking to brush up on their MRI knowledge. There are a variety of resources to choose from, and many of them -- including textbooks -- may be found online. These websites make it easy to keep up-to-date, and they are accessible from anywhere.
MR elastography helps distinguish malignant, benign liver tumors
May 29, 2012 -- MR elastrography measures the properties of tissues through low frequency waves that induce stress, and is proving an effective way to distinguish between malignant and benign liver tumors, French researchers have found in a study published online in European Radiology.
DRK: Editorial advisers give their verdict on Hamburg congress
May 23, 2012 -- Two of AuntMinnieEurope's new editorial advisers attended the German Radiological Society's annual meeting, the DRK, in Hamburg. They describe the program highlights, and present their views on the conference, which attracted more than 7,500 delegates.
DRK: Researchers progress with carotid plaque imaging in stroke
May 22, 2012 -- In Germany, a stroke occurs every three minutes. Eight out of ten strokes are ischemic, and in 30 to 40% of these cases, the cause cannot be established. Against this background, a German multicenter imaging study has analyzed the risks of instable carotid plaque.
DRK: Is high-field MRI microscopy ready to replace biopsies?
May 21, 2012 -- Use of extremely strong magnets in MRI can bring about high spatial resolution thus far only seen in light microscopes. German researchers demonstrated at theGerman Radiological Society's annual meeting, the DRK, that MRI microscopy provides as much information about the shape and growth of tumors as conventional histology.