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Molecular Imaging


A new multimodal imaging approach produced highly-advanced molecular three-dimensional (3D) images of staph infection and may be instrumental in fighting antibiotic resistant infections, according to research published online March 14 in Science Translational Medicine.

Scientists from the University of São Paulo Medical School in Brazil have found that individuals who identify as transgender have volumetric difference in their brains and subsequently may interpret body image in various ways, according to a recent press release from the São Paulo Research Foundation. 

Researchers used a high temporal resolution functional MRI (fMRI) data to examine the difference in the timing between brain activation areas by analyzing the task onset time of the statistical model shifted from the actual stimulation timing.

Exposure to air pollution during fetal life may severely alter a child's brain structure and pose long-term effects, according to a study published online Feb. 4 in Biological Psychiatry.  

Researchers from Stanford University and two universities in China have recently developed a PET scan-compatible imaging agent that may help predict which lung cancer patients would benefit from a widely used drug or treatment, according to a recent Stanford news release.


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fMRI brain study of hand transplant patient leads to $1.7M DOD grant

Highly active regions of brains in those receiving hand transplants may compensate for reorganizational changes responsible for moving and feeling, according to a release from the University of Missouri. Such innovative research grabbed the attention of the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), which awarded the researchers a $1.7 million grant.

Differences in brain volume, gray matter thickness tied to epilepsy

New research from the University College of London (UCL) and the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California (USC) found that epilepsy correlates with thickness and volume differences in the gray matter of several areas of the brain.

Images of newborns' brains could be key to detecting neurological disorders

In a few years, brain images of more than 1,000 newborns and another 500 fetuses will be generated through a high-resolution MR imaging project in hopes to find the source of neurological disorders at or before the time of birth, according to a recent article by the Financial Times.  

Cause of alcohol dependence may be visible with molecular imaging

Researchers may have found a clearer understanding of what causes alcohol dependence, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine (JNM).  


MRI shows lasting setbacks for preterm babies in hearing, speech

For all the challenges faced by preterm babies, limited research explores how birth early in the third trimester can affect hearing and understanding speech. A team of researchers, using MRI, found children born prematurely were more likely to face speech and language problems by the age of 2.

New COPD genetic breakthrough could identify at risk patients earlier on

According to a recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) press release, new research suggests that genetic variations in the lungs can differentiate between individuals who have stably low lung function early in life (that steadily declines with age) versus those who are at risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) due to smoking.  

Brain MRI, AI predict deaf children's capacity to learn language

Researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago have two types of technology to predict how well a deaf child can learn language after receiving cochlear implant surgery. 

Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology names Kathy Thomas as new editor

Kathy Thomas has been named the new editor of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine Technology (JNMT).

Innovative PET tracer identifies, tracks bacterial lung infection

A team of researchers has proven a new radiotracer, 2-18F-fluorodeoxysorbitol (18F-FDS), more adept at tracking bacterial infection in lungs than current imaging methods, while also distinguishing bacterial infection from inflammation.

60 Minutes: CTE, TBI prove 'invisible injuries' for returning soldiers

Head trauma and sports—most notably football but also hockey, soccer and boxing—have been the focus of plenty of media coverage. Recent studies have shown an overwhelming majority of deceased football player’s brains contained evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.