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Last November’s presidential election ended friendships because of opposing political views, and now an MRI study shows why people’s political beliefs just won’t budge.

Thanks to advances in MRI-compatible cardiac device technology, pacemakers and implantable cardioverter defibrillators (ICDs) are no longer absolute contraindications for MRI exams. The devices remain relative contraindications for MRI, however, and their presence in MRI patients calls for radiologists and cardiologists to work closely together in order to both ensure patient safety and minimize legal risk.  

Radiologists are among the specialists least susceptible to lures from industry players angling for an ethically iffy “in” to push more goods and services—a happy fact in this age of Open Payments. But that doesn’t mean rads are immune. With this in mind, three radiologists at the University of Washington in Seattle propose a methodical approach to evaluating new products and managing relationships with vendors.

Absent signs of cognitive decline or functional psychological falloff, retired contact-sport athletes can be helpfully but perhaps not definitively imaged for neurometabolite markers of concussion with MR spectroscopy, as the modality has performed with modest sensitivity in a preliminary study. 

Patients and their physicians detect more recurrences of melanoma than routine surveillance imaging does, according to a study published online Feb. 8 in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.