CAD software helps avoid contrast use in MS patients
May 23, 2019 -- Using computer-aided detection (CAD) software, 3D laboratory radiologic technologists can determine if patients with multiple sclerosis (MS) need a contrast agent for their brain MRI exam while they're still in the scanner, according to research posted online May 16 in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.  Discuss
fMRI may speed up diagnosis of autism
May 22, 2019 -- Using functional MRI (fMRI) to gauge a child's neurological responses to different visual stimuli, researchers believe they have developed a faster way to diagnose autism, according to a study in the current online edition of Biological Psychology.  Discuss
How does chemo during pregnancy affect child development?
May 21, 2019 -- Chemotherapy performed on women during pregnancy could adversely affect long-term cortical development in their children's brains, according to a preliminary study presented last week at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine annual meeting in Montreal.  Discuss
ISMRM: Personalized breast cancer screening is at hand
May 20, 2019 -- The advent of better risk assessment methods and more appropriate utilization of imaging modalities like breast MRI open the door for personalized breast cancer screening strategies, according to a presentation by Dr. Christiane Kuhl at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) annual meeting in Montreal.  Discuss
MRI shows brain changes from cannabis use
May 20, 2019 -- The use of even small amounts of cannabis can cause changes in the brains of adolescents, according to recent studies using MRI. The findings indicate that researchers should pay close attention to increasing cannabis use, especially in vulnerable populations, according to a presentation last week at the Society for Magnetic Resonance Radiographers & Technologists (SMRT) meeting.  Discuss
ISMRM: AI can generate synthetic contrast-enhanced MRI
May 17, 2019 -- MONTREAL - An artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can produce high-quality synthetic contrast-enhanced brain MR images, potentially helping to avoid usage of gadolinium-based contrast agents, according to a presentation Thursday at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) annual meeting.  Discuss
3D MRI captures changes to fetal head during birth
May 17, 2019 -- Researchers from France have used 3D MRI to visualize changes to the shape of the fetal brain and skull during the second stage of labor. The images revealed that fetal heads may experience greater stress than previously imagined, according to an article published online on May 15 in PLOS One.  Discuss
SMRT: Simple solution improves 7T field homogeneity
May 17, 2019 -- MONTREAL - While 7-tesla MRI offers high resolution and strong contrast, its shortcoming is the lack of field homogeneity. This can be addressed with the use of dielectric pads, according to poster research presented at the Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists (SMRT) annual meeting.  Discuss
ISMRM: AI paves the way for precision medicine
May 16, 2019 -- MONTREAL - Artificial intelligence (AI) in medical imaging could open the door for huge advances in healthcare by assisting in diagnosis, the understanding of disease development, and the prediction of patient outcomes, according to a talk at the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) annual meeting.  Discuss
Video from ISMRM 2019: Larry Wald on new portable MRI designs
May 16, 2019 -- MONTREAL - MRI is known for a lot of things, but portability isn't one of them. That could change if work on portable MRI scanners comes to fruition. Larry Wald, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School discusses his group's work in this video from the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) conference.  Discuss