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Dear MRI Insider,

Patient safety is always the top priority in MRI, and we've posted two strong articles today on this topic.

First up is some fresh data from a study of safety incidents arising from more than 18,000 scans conducted over a year at a U.K. facility. What were the causes of these incidents? What were the diverse experiences of hospital inpatients and outpatients? Get some answers in our news report.

Austrian researchers have been keeping busy too. A Viennese group has completed some important work on the safety of patients with implanted cardiac rhythm management devices. The key finding is that low-field MRI is a safe and efficient modality for routine scans in these patients.

Myocarditis -- an inflammatory heart disease that can lead to dilated cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias, and sudden cardiac death -- remains underdiagnosed, and lowering the threshold for diagnostic workup with cardiac MRI may help identify the condition early, according to Swiss-German investigators. They've published their results in Swiss Medical Weekly.

The retention of gadolinium in the brain continues to be a controversial area. Having just organized a meeting about MRI contrast agents, the Maverinck has shared some new thoughts on the topic in his latest column.

Medical imaging featured prominently at the recent World Congress on obstetrics and gynecology, and one of the highlights was an oral presentation about endometriosis. Vital to success is the optimum use of MRI for preoperative staging plus multidisciplinary teamworking that encourages efficient feedback between surgeons and radiologists, noted Dr. Susan Freeman, from Cambridge University Hospitals National Health Service (NHS) Foundation Trust in the U.K.

This letter features only a few of the many articles posted over the past month or so in the MRI Community. Please scroll through the full list of our coverage below.

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