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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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Total-body PET maximizes imaging sensitivity

PET is already considered the most sensitive non-surgical techniques for studying physiology, metabolism and molecular pathways, but experts believe recent developments may drastically increase its capabilities.

Functional connectivity tied to balance in MS patients

A team of Italian researchers used resting-state fMRI to examine functional connectivity abnormalities in the brain in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). They wanted to see how abnormalities in cerebellar dentate nuclei (DNs) affect an individual’s balance, posture and muscle tone.

Brain structure tied to obsessive-compulsive symptoms in children

New research from a Spanish team of researchers used MRI to explore whether subclinical obsessive-compulsive symptoms in children could be related to the brain’s structure.

Imaging links brain lesions, criminal behavior with decision-making networks

In rare cases, brain lesions can lead previously law-abiding individuals to criminal behavior. Researchers, led by Ryan Darby, MD, an assistant professor of neurology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, examined MRI and CT scans to see if such injuries can lead to deteriorated decision-making and a disregard for morality.

Female collegiate athletes more likely to experience concussions

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) found that females are more likely to experience sports-related concussions (SRCs) than males, narrowing the research gap of sex specific predictors of occurrence and recovery from SRCs.

Stuttering speech can stem from hyperactivity in the brain

Individuals suffering from developmental speech disorders may get a clearer insight into the brain's role, according to a new MRI study from Germany.  

Focused ultrasound may offer non-invasive treatment for neurological diseases

What do you get when you put together a monkey, a computer and a moving yellow square? Surprisingly, a neuroscience study that marks the first time ultrasound technology has been safely used to alter brain activity while simultaneously avoiding the destruction of brain tissue.  

Noise sensitivity visible in brain MRI

As the old rock-n-roll cliché goes, “If it’s too loud, you’re too old.” But Swedish researchers, with the help of MRI, have found brain structure and gray matter—which can be affected by age—might have something to do with an individual’s sensitivity to noise.

Pre-procedure imaging may predict success of epilepsy surgery

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.