A pair of Penn researchers will scan 100 awake 3-5 year old children, comparing the quality of traditional MRI methods to those taken using a motion-correction technology to better understand the connection between opioids and brain development.
Polymyalgia rheumatica is a musculoskeletal disorder that causes aching and stiffness in the upper arms, neck, lower back and thighs and can be difficult for clinicians to confidently pinpoint since its symptoms occur in many other rheumatic diseases.
The boost in efficiency for measuring such scarring could make it easier for clinicians to overcome the time-consuming process of quantifying late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)—a proven predictor of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
“Although this study evaluates a small subset of astronauts, it's significantly larger than any previously published study of its kind involving astronauts or Russian cosmonauts," study author Donna R. Roberts said.
The researchers analyzed 39 consecutive patients with 44 pathologically confirmed cirrhotic nodules who first received a CEUS exam, followed by a traditional follow-up ultrasound every three or four months for their study.