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Despite what countless click-bait advertisements may promise, “one simple hack” rarely changes your life. But a new imaging technology from Duke University Health System may pack plenty of potential for changing ultrasonic capabilities.

A new study conducted by a team of researchers led by Michel Grothe of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Rostock, Germany, announced the development of a four-stage model of regional amyloid beta (Aβ) protein deposition that can be found in patients with Alzheimer's, according to an article by Alzforum. 

Longer gestation during normal pregnancy is associated with significantly greater development of white matter in babies’ brains. However, similar associations are no longer present by the time children are 8 years old. The lack may confirm that white-matter development in the brains of preemies tends to catch up as these children grow.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends seven to nine hours of shuteye per night for adults between 26 and 64. Using functional MRI, researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Mental Health in Tokyo have shown why getting less often leads to bad moods and poor emotional health.

Following percutaneous interventions for malignant liver lesions, patients are ably assessed with a combination of contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) and perfusion-imaging software, according to the authors of a study published online September 25 in Ultraschall in der Medizin/European Journal of Ultrasound.

 

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3D scanning system captures T. rex, bites into upfront costs

3D imaging is an exciting niche in the field of medical imaging. One obstacle to further exploration, though, is the hefty upfront costs to acquire the necessary hardware and software. Researchers have developed a promising 3D imaging system that costs a few hundred dollars—a mere fraction of the cost of many CT-based systems.

Prostate-specific PET/CT finds elusive cancers, fine-tunes care management

A high proportion of prostate cancer patients have their care pathways changed after being scanned with PET/CT enhanced by the injected radiotracer gallium-68 (Ga-68) and prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA).

Screening bone CT helps avoid osteoporosis fractures

By combining virtual bone-strength testing with standard bone mineral density testing—the former using quantitative CT, the latter with dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA)—clinicians can help postmenopausal women ward off a substantial number of painful fragility fractures.

Computer-assisted CT colonography performs well, gets reimbursed

CT colonography aided by computer detection has proven sharp at finding colorectal polyps 6 mm or larger—and at earning reimbursement—in routine clinical practice, where it also had an acceptable false-positive rate, according to a study running in the June edition of the American Journal of Roentgenology.

When it comes to cybersecurity, imaging departments must prepare for the worst

“WannaCry,” the most recent ransomware attack in the United Kingdom, was yet another reminder of how dependent modern healthcare is on networked technology. The National Health Service experienced ambulances piling up outside hospitals, appointments were canceled, surgeries were delayed and there was the frightening possibility that patient records could be deleted unless a ransom was paid.

More evidence of preterm birth affecting brain development in adolescents

Teenagers who came into the world as “preemies” have altered brain connectivity on MRI, as well as differences in cognitive function, compared with their peers who spent the full nine months in utero.

MRI shows summer reading physically increases children’s brain power

Harvard and MIT researchers have found that the more reading schoolkids do over the summer, the more their brains develop—and those who struggle with reading and come from low-income households stand to make the most impressive gains.

AI-powered microscope has no lens yet ‘sees’ nanoparticles for pathologists

Artificial intelligence is driving change into pathology as well as radiology. In Canada, for example, researchers have developed a lens-less microscope that uses algorithms based on mathematical models of light to produce large-scale slide images in 3D.

SNMMI partnering with NDSC to disseminate appropriate-use criteria

Clinicians referring patients for imaging with nuclear and molecular modalities will soon be able to do so with ready access to utilization assistance that’s based on appropriate-use criteria developed by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI).

MRI as accurate as CT for Crohn’s disease detection, management

Both MRI and CT are highly accurate when it comes to detecting Crohn’s disease in the small intestine, and MRI can be the go-to modality when radiation exposure is an issue—as can be the case due to the repetitive imaging that’s often indicated for managing this chronic inflammatory bowel disease.

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