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Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) present human anatomy education with a new set of tools for many academic institutions.

An unexpected finding involving gadolinium-based contrast agents and stroke patients has prompted researchers from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) to further explore the ocular effects of MRI exams in stroke patients.

Robotically assisted sonic therapy (RAST) has proven to be effective in producing clinically relevant hepatic ablation zones without being invasive to the subject, according to a new study published in Radiology.  

Mastering the art of balancing risks and benefits, according to Matthew Davenport, MD, from the University of Michigan, is what medicine is all about. When anecdotes about gadolinium-based contrast media agents allegedly poisoning patients became increasingly mainstream, its use in imaging procedures like MRIs has been heavily questioned by the medical community.  

According to a new study published in Academic Radiology, in ultra-high-resolution computed tomography (U-HRCT) scans, a large matrix size maintains the spatial resolution and improves the image quality and assessment of lung diseases when compared to a 512-matrix size.  

 

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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. 

Q&A: Agfa Healthcare’s George Curley shares his advice for departments moving to DR

George Curley, Agfa Healthcare’s senior marketing manager, spoke with Health Imaging while making final preparations for AHRA. He discussed being recognized by Frost & Sullivan, the pre-AHRA webinar he hosted, and what Agfa Healthcare has planned for Nashville. 

New technology helps ID aggressive early breast cancer

A new study, conducted by the University of Michigan, has found a new technology that is able to identify even the earliest signs of cancer by using a biomarker ratio imaging microscopy.

IBM Watson forms imaging coalition

Cognitive technology company IBM Watson has formed a new coalition to improve the way physicians use medical imaging data in their daily practice.

Do severe injuries distract radiologists from finding minor issues in the same image?

When radiologists miss one image abnormality due to the presence of another, it is known as the satisfaction-of-search (SOS) effect. Do significant abnormalities lead to a greater SOS effect? A recent study published by the Journal of the American College of Radiology showed that severe injuries do not lead to an increase in missed abnormalities. 

Michael J. Fox Foundation offers $2 million for new Parkinson's imaging test

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is offering $2 million for any team that can invent a specific process to contribute to Parkinson’s diesease research.

 

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