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MRI shows sitting for too long can increase fat around organs

Sitting for long periods of time may contribute to greater amounts of fat deposited around one's internal organs, according to a new study published in December issue of Obesity.  

Japanese pet insurance covers MRI, surgery costs for dogs, cats and flying squirrels

In Japan, household pets are being treated more like members of the family with a number of pet insurance policies now covering MRI, surgery, inpatient care and funeral costs.

Carotid ultrasound may improve CVD risk assessment in patients with inflammatory skin condition

Carotid ultrasound improves the cardiovascular risk stratification of individuals with the skin condition hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), according to a study published Jan. 4 in PLOS One.

FDA issues guidance for lowest possible radiation dose for pediatric x-rays

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a new guidance on Jan. 9 warning that the lowest radiation dose possible should be used for pediatric patient X-ray exams. 

New Seattle precision medicine institute will catalog 60K breast cancer gene mutations

A $50 million donation has been made to create the Brotman Baty Institute for Precision Medicine, which will catalog roughly 60,000 possible mutations of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes in young women.

MRI predicts if patients are able to fight cancer, respond to treatment

Across the Atlantic, newly published oncology research may help predict how well patients can prevent the spread of cancer and respond to immunotherapy treatment, according to a press release from the University of Liverpool in the U.K.   

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.