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Researchers from the Boston University School of Medicine have found evidence of CTE in young athletes’ brains without signs of concussion, indicating the condition is directly tied to head impacts—but not necessarily concussive hits.

By 2030, an estimated 65.7 million people are predicted to be affected by Alzheimer’s disease (AD), a 30 million person jump from today’s total. But, there’s increasing evidence that biomarkers coupled with the correct imaging technique may provide crucial insights into the disease.

Postoperative CT, most notably 3D CT scans, are the preferred imaging technique in evaluating intra-articular screw penetration of proximal humerus fractures, according to a study published in Academic Radiology.

Headaches are common in children, and many tools, often related to neuroimaging, exist to diagnose the situation, but there remains little standardized procedure in approaching individual cases and little clarity around the benefits and risks of pursuing imaging.

A recent retrospective study of brain and spinal MRI of patients suspected or known to have multiple sclerosis showed that the introduction of a structured reporting template produced reports with more adequate information for clinical decision making. The results were published in the American Journal of Roentgenology

 

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RSNA 2017: Exercise alone won’t fend off osteoarthritis in knees

Exercise and improvement in eating habits, as two recommendations from a physician, could improve the overall health of most patients. Weight loss is associated with plenty of benefits. But MRI evidence presented at RSNA 2017 shows how an individual sheds extra pounds can impact the progression of knee osteoarthritis.

POCUS aids palliative care in poorer rural regions

In resource-strapped parts of the world, point-of-care ultrasound can help palliative care clinicians provide better care for patients with life-limiting conditions and, in turn, offer more confident guidance to these patients’ families, according to a study published online Nov. 15 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

MRI may be more trouble than it’s worth for diagnosing ACL tears

Athletes suffering suspected tears of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) are often adequately assessed with clinical diagnostic tests performed in the clinician’s office. When these are inconclusive, diagnostic arthroscopy is the gold standard—and MRI is a generally low-value option due to its time and cost burdens.

Baby MRIs show prolonged anesthesia may cause brain atrophy

Parents may start to reconsider treatment options when it comes to the effects of anesthesia on their children thanks to new findings from Boston Children's Hospital. 

Defective lead aprons give themselves up to infrared light

Radiology researchers at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C., have shown that infrared thermal testing is better than the human touch at finding wear spots and other defects in protective lead aprons.

Awaiting imaging results, patients remain patient for up to 3 days

After getting imaged, outpatients expect to hear back on the results within one to three days. If the wait goes longer than that, they’re likely to feel worried—or perhaps perturbed—and call in for themselves within five days, according to researchers at the University of Michigan.

Follow-up head CT in elderly trauma patients can detect new hemorrhages

Routine follow up CT imaging in elderly patients who have experienced head trauma may need to be implemented into standardized treatment plans at a more cost-effective rate, according to a recent article by JACR.  

New emergency rad-report system passes test

Radiologists and ED physicians at Brown University have developed a simple, five-category system for triaging imaged emergency patients based on their radiology reports, and the team’s test of the system has shown very good interobserver agreement.

Healthy runners, along with arthritic patients, show inflammation in sacroiliac MRI

Axial spondyloarthropathy (axSpA), a chronic form of arthritis in the lower back, often causes inflammation in one’s sacroiliac joints, which connects the sacrum to the pelvis. But a retroactive study of MRI showed inflammation also can be seen in healthy individuals and not only those affected by axSpA, demonstrating the importance of other diagnostic measures.

Structured prostate MRI reports boost clinical impact

BI-RADS, developed by the American College of Radiology, changed how radiologists and specialists communicate with its implementation in the 1980s. A group of researchers aimed to develop a structured prostate MRI report to improve communication between radiologists and referring urologists.

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