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Pumping iron does a heart good—and MRI proves it

While the benefits of resistance training on musculoskeletal health are on daily display in any weightlifting room, the question of how much good all those sets and reps do for the heart has been open. Now comes an imaging-based answer from Germany, where researchers using MRI found measurable cardiac changes in a randomized group of novice male “gym rats” after they’d worked out regularly for around half a year.

Coronary CT angiography leads to questionably appropriate interventions

Acute chest-pain patients imaged with coronary CT angiography (CCTA) are more likely to receive revascularization and invasive coronary interventions that don’t clearly improve outcomes than patients evaluated with standard functional tests such as stress EKG and stress echocardiography, according to a meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials.

RSNA 2017: Virtual, augmented reality may revolutionize medical imaging

One unmistakable topic at RSNA 2017 was virtual and augmented reality—and how advancements will affect medicine. With numerous presentations and interactive booths at the annual conference in Chicago, the technologies are clearly growing in popularity in interventional radiology and health imaging. 

Ultrasound needle enables clear imaging during heart procedures

The first optical ultrasound needle enables real-time imaging of heart tissue during minimally invasive procedures, according to researchers in the United Kingdom.

RSNA 2017: MRI, biopsy offer minimally invasive alternative to conventional autopsy

Imaging techniques can be beneficial in identifying ischemic heart disease during minimally invasive autopsies, according to a study presented at RSNA 2017 in Chicago.

RSNA 2017: CT shows 30% of ex-NFL players have enlarged aortas

Former National Football League (NFL) players have significantly larger aortas than similarly aged men in the general population, potentially putting them at higher risk for aortic rupture or dissection, according to research presented Nov. 29 at RSNA 2017 and published online in Circulation: Cardiovascular Imaging.

RSNA 2017: CT imaging crucial to accurate annular valve measurements

Multidetector computed tomography (CT) could play a pivotal role in improving the outcomes of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) procedures, research presented at the 103rd annual RSNA symposium suggests.

Scanner developed in Scotland is 'like 100 MRIs in one'

Ten years in the making, a new scanner that has been called "100 MRIs in one" is now being used on patients in Scotland by a team of reserachers at the University of Aberdeen.

New MRI research discovers depression, anxiety change the brain

Researchers in China have discovered that depression and social anxiety cause noticeable structural abnormalities in the brain, according to a recent release from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

New contrast agent alternative may replace gadolinium in MRI

According to a recent article by RadiologyBusiness, a new study may have discovered a viable alternative to gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) used in MR imaging.