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A statistical method for integrating functional MRI (fMRI) and PET scans may prove capable of predicting success of surgery to reduce seizures in epilepsy patients.

The more tau accumulation in the brain, the greater the likelihood that neuroimaging will reveal similarly elevated levels of brain beta amyloid. However, the buildup of these proteins does not affect the cognitive status of patients with Parkinson’s disease, according to a PET-based study published online Dec. 11 in JAMA Neurology.

Trying to diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in accordance with neuroimaging data has long been a work in progress. According to a recent study published in Radiology, however, MRI may be able to more accurately diagnose the neurological disorder and differentiate between subtypes.

Patients who have advanced liver cancer with blockage or narrowing of the blood vessel that brings blood to the liver from the intestines—i.e., portal vein thrombosis—are safely and effectively treated by interventional radiologists administering the isotope yttrium-90 (Y90) for radioembolization, according to a study conducted at Northwestern University and published online Dec. 7 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

Researchers using sodium MRI to examine migraine patients found that their cerebrospinal flued had significantly higher concentrations of sodium, according to a Nov. 28 presentation at RSNA 2017 in Chicago.

 

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Epilepsy surgery and relief success may be confirmed with presurgical imaging

A statistical method for integrating functional MRI (fMRI) and PET scans may prove capable of predicting success of surgery to reduce seizures in epilepsy patients.

Tau deposition doesn’t predict cognitive status of Parkinson’s patients

The more tau accumulation in the brain, the greater the likelihood that neuroimaging will reveal similarly elevated levels of brain beta amyloid. However, the buildup of these proteins does not affect the cognitive status of patients with Parkinson’s disease, according to a PET-based study published online Dec. 11 in JAMA Neurology.

MRI may have potential to diagnose ADHD, differentiate subtypes

Trying to diagnose attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in accordance with neuroimaging data has long been a work in progress. According to a recent study published in Radiology, however, MRI may be able to more accurately diagnose the neurological disorder and differentiate between subtypes.

Nuke med intervention safe, effective against advanced liver cancer

Patients who have advanced liver cancer with blockage or narrowing of the blood vessel that brings blood to the liver from the intestines—i.e., portal vein thrombosis—are safely and effectively treated by interventional radiologists administering the isotope yttrium-90 (Y90) for radioembolization, according to a study conducted at Northwestern University and published online Dec. 7 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

RSNA 2017: Smartphone addiction causes imbalance in brain chemistry

Young patients addicted to smartphones can develop significant imbalances in brain chemistry, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.

RSNA 2017: Sodium MRI shows differences in cerebrospinal fluid of migraine patients

Researchers using sodium MRI to examine migraine patients found that their cerebrospinal flued had significantly higher concentrations of sodium, according to a Nov. 28 presentation at RSNA 2017 in Chicago.

PET, CT show lasting effects of brain injury in preterm babies

Plenty of discussion has been dedicated to how the developing brain deals with various kinds of stimulation. Recent research tied lasting chemical changes to the brain with complications at birth.

Spit test for concussion may ID prolonged symptoms in children

Imaging professionals are well aware of the effects of concussion, from long-term damage to professional football players to kids playing water polo. Recent research in JAMA Pediatrics examined how changes in epigenetic molecules known as microRNAs (miRNAs) can be monitored via children’s saliva to detect prolonged concussion symptoms.

A potential new era for acute stoke imaging-based selection, treatment

In a recent editorial published in the November issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), Werner Hacke, MD, PhD, DSc, discussed a new era of imaging selections for patients who are looking to benefit from a thrombectomy performed long after the onset of a stroke.

Obstructive sleep apnea increases risk of developing Alzheimer's

According to a new study published by the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (AJRCCM), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may increase elderly individuals' risk of developing Alzheimer's disease.  

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