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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.

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.  

Using PET with the radiotracer 18F-florbetapir, researchers in Sweden have found that the topology of amyloid clusters can help tip off clinicians to the presence and progression of Alzheimer’s disease in patients who don’t yet present symptoms.

Radiology and orthopedics researchers at Stanford have shown the prowess of nuclear imaging for identifying the specific source(s) of pain and reduced mobility in patients with chronic sciatica, a common low-back condition notorious for evading such pinpointing.

The effects of space travel on the human anatomy are extensive to say the least, taking into account the harsh impact zero gravity and the rapid ascension into space have on the bodies of astronauts. Yet, the amount of information detailing the effects spaceflight has on the configuration of astronauts' brains is limited, claimed in a recent study published by The New England Journal of Medicine and funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). 

 

Recent Headlines

Study: Brains of NFL players contain increased localized injuries, changes in white matter

For years now, research has emerged to show the effects of playing football—including repetitive concussive and sub-concussive hits—may lead to major brain damage. Now, a new study further explores the topic and affirms that players in the National Football League (NFL) could be at a higher risk for brain injuries.

Imaging technique gets docs closer to treating Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s

Researchers from the University of Cambridge in the U.K. have developed a new imaging technique that could help create treatments for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.

ASNC, IAC, SNMMI in sync to mandate optimized radiation doses in nuclear cardiology

Organizations are working in sync to put a focus on mandating optimized radiation doses in nuclear cardiology studies performed across the nation and beyond. 

Diffusion MRI used to measure brain's local connectome

Putting assumptions to rest in neuroscience, a group of researchers used an MRI approach and found that the connectivity patterns in your brain are unique to you.

MRI reveal differences in brain regions of children with Tourette syndrome

The largest study of brain structure ever reported in children with Tourette syndrome (TS) found that children with the neuropsychiatric disorder appear to have a lower white matter volume in their brain compared to those without it.

‘Placebo effect’ region in brain mapped by fMRI

Researchers at Northwestern University and the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) say functional MRI (fMRI) helped derive a brain-based marker predicting the “placebo effect,” potentially leading to treatment plans accounting for patients with high positive responses to placebos.

Medical imaging associated with development of Alzheimer's

Ionizing radiation from medical scans may be implicated in Alzheimer’s disease, according to a Danish study published in Oncotarget.

University of Michigan research reveals new theories about PTSD

New research from the University of Michigan suggests that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) stems from physical processes in the brain and not from psychological weakness, as many have believed.

Can you drink too much water? fMRI research says you can

Many of us struggle to drink the recommended eight glasses of water per day, but a new study suggests that we're not supposed to.

Q&A: Katrina Pitas on the NNSA, producing Mo-99 and the future of SHINE Medical Technologies

Katrina Pitas, vice president of business development for SHINE Medial Technologies, is in St. Louis this week to speak at the 2016 Mo-99 Topical Meeting. While preparing for her presentation, she spoke with Health Imaging about what SHINE has been up to this year and what she will be discussing at the meeting. 

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