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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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MRI may illuminate new avenues for schizophrenia treatment

Using MRI with covariance analysis, researchers have revealed tissue increases over time in the brains of patients with schizophrenia. The increases suggest these brains may be compensating for lost capacity and perhaps trying to protect themselves against further damage. 

FDA approves stand-alone 3D screening with Siemens Tomosynthesis Platform

Siemens Healthineers has received the approval of the FDA in the use of their Mammomat Inspiration with Tomosynthesis Option, the first and only digital mammography system to use a 3D digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) platform as a stand-alone screening and diagnostic system.

Mother’s voice lights up child’s brain, and the connectivity predicts social skills

Children respond to their mothers’ voices differently than they respond to the voices of women they don’t know. That’s a no-brainer. But it’s something of a revelation to observe specific regions of a kid’s brain lighting up in fMRI when Mom speaks—and to find that the strength of connections between regions predicts how adept the child will become at social communication. 

fMRI shows prayer beating back alcohol cravings in the brain

After looking at drinking-related images and then reciting prayers as part of a recent study, 20 long-sober members of Alcoholics Anonymous reported less craving for a drink than when they read irrelevant news or remained passive. Meanwhile, fMRI confirmed the effect, revealing participants’ brains lighting up most during the prayer interim. 

Survey: Severe stroke prognoses differ depending on the doctor

A survey of 742 physicians across the US found that after a intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), doctors make varied recommendations and very different decisions regarding care.

Siemens partners with Case Western on MR ‘fingerprinting’ project

Siemens healthcare has partnered with Case Western Reserve University to advance the development of magnetic resonance fingerprinting (MRF), an innovative imaging method capable of analyzing tissues to speed diagnosis of certain diseases.

Hybrid imaging (still) gaining momentum

Hybrid imaging systems, particularly PET/CT, may feel like old news at this point given its adoption into clinical practice. That doesn’t mean, however, that innovation will lag in the field.

The rise of PET/CT: 5 predictions for the future of hybrid imaging

The addition of combination PET/CT examinations to the radiologist’s toolbox represents one of the most significant advancements in oncological imaging in the past decade. So what does the future hold for hybrid imaging?

The ‘pain matrix’ may only be peripherally related to pain

In a small but noteworthy fMRI study, British and Chinese researchers have found that two individuals born with a rare inability to feel physical pain evidence the same patterns of brain activity when pricked with a pin as four healthy, age-matched volunteers.  

Deadly lung disease imaged with 3D x-ray technology for the first time

British scientists have successfully used advanced 3D x-ray imaging technology to image an aggressive form of lung disease in a new way, providing more insight into how the disease develops inside the body.

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