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MRI at a 3-tesla field strength can help monitor patients receiving radiofrequency (RF) ablation therapy for liver lesions, according an article we're featuring in this edition of the MRI Insider.

Swiss researchers found that the 3-tesla technique, with specialized scanning protocols like diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), can help clinicians track changes in tumor response to RF ablation, thanks to a "clear and predictable pattern" of apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values. Learn more by clicking here.

In other news, 3-tesla scanning was also used by U.K. researchers in their study on a 3D whole-heart myocardial perfusion protocol that they think could make MRI more competitive with traditional techniques for myocardial perfusion imaging like SPECT. Find out how the protocol is better than 1.5-tesla scanning by clicking here.

The opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympic Games is tonight, and where better than your MRI Digital Community to learn how imaging is being used at the Olympic polyclinic to treat athletes. Learn what imaging technology they'll have at their fingertips by clicking here.

Other articles we're featuring in this edition of the Insider include:

  • A study by Swiss researchers on how they used MRI to track the effectiveness of the drug fingolimod for patients with multiple sclerosis
  • How MRI could offer a solution to imaging women with silicone breast implants, an important consideration in the wake of the Poly Implant Prosthèse (PIP) scandal
  • How adding a contrast agent based on ultrasmall superparamagnetic iron oxide particles to standard gadolinium contrast exams could provide a better way of scanning patients with multiple sclerosis
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