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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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Misidentified sniffs may point to early-stage Alzheimer’s

Mayo Clinic researchers have found a correlation between neuroimaging biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease and results from a literal smell test: If at-risk older folks are losing their sense of smell, they’re more likely to be developing the disease than their well-smelling peers. 

Smokers’ brains show cognitive avoidance toward visual quitting aids

A small but fascinating functional MRI study has shown how smokers may stubbornly harden their minds against the psychological quitting-assistance technique known as aversive conditioning. 

3D printed 'bionic skin' could aid in health monitoring

A revolutionary process for 3D printing stretchable electronic sensory devices that could be used to produce real human skin has recently been developed by researchers at the University of Minnesota.

AI will change radiology—but it won’t replace the radiologist

Decreased costs of computing power and virtually infinite cloud storage capacity have created a fertile environment for artificial intelligence (AI) to disrupt industries across the globe. Computers won’t replace radiologists in the next 10, 20 or 30 years, but I do believe increasingly large parts of the job will be automated—and it may be up to radiologists to carve out space for themselves.

Puberty changes the brain in sex-specific ways

New neuroimaging-based research at the University of Southern California has shown how, over time, the developing pubescent brain changes in distinct ways between boys and girls. 

Virtual reality: Coming to an imaging provider near you?

Blu-Ray, 3D TVs and now virtual reality—three technologies that were each hailed at one point as the next big thing in consumer entertainment. One became ubiquitous, one all but disappeared and the jury’s still out on whether or not virtual reality (VR) is here to stay. 

Matching CT image data with patient photos, FBI researchers caution on privacy

Facial images extracted from publicly available radiology scans—think of head CT scans stored in open-access medical image repositories for research and education—are fairly easy to match with patients’ photos, raising concerns over privacy.

High-rez finger MRI may point way to burgeoning extremity uses for 7T

European researchers have demonstrated a dedicated setup for fast-acquisition, ultrahigh-resolution in vivo MRI of the finger, according to a study posted online in Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. 

fMRI shows reorganization of neural circuits to improve cochlear implantation

Two scientists used brain-imaging techniques to visualize the brain’s activity and view the reorganization of brain circuits while people start to lose their hearing. This allowed them to predict the success or failure of a cochlear implant amongst people who have become profoundly deaf in their adult life.

Lack of physical activity could weaken bones in teens

University of British Columbia researchers and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility researchers used high-resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography (HR-pQCT) and found that teens who are inactive tend to have weaker bones than those who are physically active.