Supine breast MRI more accurately sizes tumors
August 31, 2018 -- Performing breast MRI on patients in the supine position more accurately determines breast cancer tumor size than prone MRI, according to research from Finland. And because supine MRI demarcates and projects lesions on the skin in the same position used in surgery, it is likely to reduce the need for more operations.  Discuss
Gadolinium may enter brain via CSF in humans
August 27, 2018 -- Swiss researchers have confirmed the presence of gadolinium in cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within a few hours of an MRI scan with a macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agent. The findings indicate that CSF could be the pathway through which gadolinium enters the brain, they concluded in the September issue of Radiology.  Discuss
ESC 2018: Siemens prepares to unveil cardiac MRI scanner
August 24, 2018 -- At the annual meeting of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) that starts this weekend in Munich, Siemens Healthineers plans to unveil a cardiovascular MRI scanner designed to offer special features for heart assessment, including technology that allows for free-breathing exams.  Discuss
MRI links lifestyle factors to stroke, dementia risk
August 23, 2018 -- Using MRI, researchers found that lifestyle factors can increase the risk of stroke and dementia later in life among young adults with no clinical evidence of cerebrovascular disease and a seemingly healthy cardiovascular risk profile. The study was published in the August 21 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.  Discuss
U.K. audit shows how to improve MRI waiting times
August 21, 2018 -- A comprehensive audit conducted over three years at a teaching hospital in southwest England has pinpointed the factors behind a significant improvement in waiting times for reports following MRI in suspected cases of occult femoral neck fracture.  Discuss
MRI quantifies magnetic targeting of tumors
August 20, 2018 -- To avoid the adverse impact of chemotherapy on healthy tissue, a useful targeting mechanism is to magnetically guide nanocarriers of toxic drugs to tumors using an applied magnetic field. The method is cheap and easy, but it lacks a quantifiable way of evaluating targeting efficiency.  Discuss
MRI helps find contact lens embedded in eye for 28 years
August 17, 2018 -- With the help of MRI, ophthalmologists in the U.K. were able to discover what was causing eyelid swelling in a 42-year-old woman: a hard contact lens that had been embedded in her eye for 28 years. The bizarre case was published on August 10 in BMJ Case Reports.  Discuss
Fast thoracic MRI emerges as alternative to chest x-ray
August 10, 2018 -- How does MRI compare with chest x-ray in detecting cardiac and noncardiac findings? Very similarly, according to new research from Italy. Both modalities identified pulmonary nodules, had similar pulmonary nodule detection rates, and more.  Discuss
Radiology mourns forensic expert Dr. Hermann Vogel
August 10, 2018 -- The creator and organizer of a series of special exhibitions at ECR, Dr. Hermann Vogel, died on 30 July at the age of 76. A recognized international expert in forensic imaging, he made over 40 trips to war zones and areas of crisis across the globe to investigate human rights abuses.  Discuss
How safe are tattoos and implants in MRI?
August 8, 2018 -- A study of more than 300 patients at a top London facility has found the risk of a tattoo-related adverse event occurring during 3-tesla MRI is less than 1%. New German research also suggests that 7-tesla scans of patients with tattoos and implants are safe, but precautions are vital.  Discuss