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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.  

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. 

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. 

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).

According to statistics, roughly two billion people worldwide are social media users, with that number expected to double by 2018. So why might there be little attention on social media in health communications?  

 

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AMA provides decision support for imaging

It's crucial for a physicial to carefully assess each patient and decide if it is appropriate to put them through medical imaging tests. The American Medical Association (AMA) Steps Forward provides physicians with a new module, listing steps to integrate clinical decision support for imaging into one's practice:

Leak in blood-brain barrier linked to early Alzheimer's

Contrast enhanced MRI found leakages in the blood-brain barrier of people with early Alzheimer’s disease is associated with cognitive decline.

New MRI scanner opens up possibilities for anxious patients

Many people who deal with claustrophobia have trouble climbing into an MRI scanner, but the staff at Dignity Health Mercy Hospital in Folsom, California, are helping to relieve some of that stress. 

RSNA 2016: 3 can’t-miss presentations about leadership in radiology

RSNA 2016 will feature more than 20 sessions about leadership and management. These are three that caught my attention.

Your love for music has much to do with brain connectivity

If you find no pleasure while listening to music, fMRI data suggests that you may have a decreased amount of connectivity between certain regions in your brain.

The honest truth: fMRI beats polygraph in detecting lies

For some people, lying can be extremely difficult to do, while others let it slip right off the tip of their tongue. New data suggests truth can be found when using fMRI to scan people’s brains, to a degree of accuracy better than a traditional polygraph test.

fMRI shows blind patients with retinal implants respond to cues

Functional MRI (fMRI) research showed patients with blindness caused by retinitis pigmentosa had increased brain activity from visual stimuli after receiving retinal prosthetic implants.

While political landscape grows nastier, MITA honors impactful politicians

As we continue to move closer to the 2016 presidential election, it seems like opponents of both parties are getting meaner and nastier. With that hate-filled climate in mind, I wanted to applaud the Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) for handing out several “2016 Innovation Awards” this summer to politicians who have made a positive impact on the medical imaging industry. 

Harvard professor named chief of Pfizer’s neuroscience unit

Neurologist and Harvard professor Ole Isacson, MD, is joining Pfizer as senior vice president and the chief scientific officer of its neuroscience research unit. He begins duties on Sept. 16.

AHRA Annual Meeting: Industry is changing, but patients are in good hands

The medical imaging community is going through a great deal of change in 2016, whether it’s the shift from volume to value, the government-assisted move from CR to DR, or various updates to coding and reimbursements. 

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