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Physical fitness is associated with cortical grey matter and total grey-matter volumes in elderly men at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. However, there’s no such association for women fitting the same profile. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 20 percent of the annual 1.7 million concussions sustained in the U.S. are sports related—and it reaches far beyond these numbers as a global issue.

Children presenting with symptoms of low-impact neck trauma are better imaged with MRI than with x-ray—and not just because of the radiation avoidance, according to a study published online Dec. 6 in Child’s Nervous System, the journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Does the insurance pre-authorization process help weed out pediatric patients who have knee abnormalities that aren’t serious enough to warrant an MRI? 

The use of abdominal MRI doubled over the past eight years, partly due to concerns about ionizing radiation inherent to other exams such as CTAs awareness is raised about the potentially harmful effects of imaging, providers have switched to non-ionizing modalities, particularly for conditions that require frequent imaging.

 

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Summer radiology internship announced for minority, women med students

The American College of Radiology (ACR) is co-sponsoring an eight-week summer internship for first-year medical students interested in considering radiology. ACR’s partner in the program is Nth Dimensions, a nonprofit that specializes in expanding opportunities for women and minorities. 

Exercise may help men stave off Alzheimer’s decline; women, not so much

Physical fitness is associated with cortical grey matter and total grey-matter volumes in elderly men at increased risk for Alzheimer’s disease. However, there’s no such association for women fitting the same profile. 

Do patients with psoriasis have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease?

In a recent study, researchers who used PET and CT for testing found that patients who have psoriasis have a increased risk of cardiovascular disease. 

GE Healthcare to produce, sell Rapiscan to boost alternative CAD screening

GE Healthcare’s Life Sciences business has sealed the deal for the exclusive rights from Rapiscan Pharma Solutions to commercialize Rapiscan (Regadenoson), used in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD), in territories outside the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Improving treatment of concussions by recording how brain processes sound

The most effective way to diagnose a concussion is through a patient's experience, a CT scan or MRI scan, but a new test that records the way the brain processes sounds could potentially aid in helping scientists treat sports-related concussions.

FDA approves IV infusion pump system with dose error reduction software

The U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that Iradimed Corporation has received clearnance for its MRidium 3860+ MRI-compatible IV infusion pump system, including its Dose Error Reduction System (DERS) software feature.

The eyes have it: Study of sports-related concussions to focus on retina

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that 20 percent of the annual 1.7 million concussions sustained in the U.S. are sports related—and it reaches far beyond these numbers as a global issue.

MRI gives pediatric trauma docs more to go on than x-ray series

Children presenting with symptoms of low-impact neck trauma are better imaged with MRI than with x-ray—and not just because of the radiation avoidance, according to a study published online Dec. 6 in Child’s Nervous System, the journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery.

Pre-authorization for pediatric knee MRI adds no value to specialist referral

Does the insurance pre-authorization process help weed out pediatric patients who have knee abnormalities that aren’t serious enough to warrant an MRI? 

PET/MR beats PET/CT at imaging suspected occult tumors

PET/MR has proven more precise than PET/CT in a prospective study comparing the modalities on their in-practice utility for clarifying the workup of cancers of unknown primary origin, according to research published online Dec. 3 in Clinical Nuclear Medicine.

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