Diagnostic Imaging

When Richie Lopez didn’t open his eyes for days after his birth in Arizona, his parents and doctors became concerned. At thirteen days, they turned to imaging, and an MRI scan revealed little Richie had in fact been born with a rare condition in which his eyes did not develop.

A 1,200-year-old Viking pot discovered in Scotland was able to hide its contents from archaeologists, until they got an assist from a hospital radiology department.

The variance in cost for medical procedures, including imaging, between providers around the country is becoming more widely known to the public, according to a recent story by NPR. And now, thanks to a law passed this month in Massachusetts, it's mandatory for insurance companies to make their prices public. 

Physicians look at patient images every day, but does this experience help someone cope when the MRI brain scans they are viewing are their own?

Researchers from the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology have devised a way to diagnose malaria using magnetic resonance relaxometry, a similar technology to MRI.

In order to help treat an aging detainee population being held at the Guantanamo Bay Navy Base in Cuba, the detention center ordered a $1.65 million mobile MRI in 2012. The problem? The scanner never made it to its destination.

And you thought 7T MRIs were powerful. Gizmodo recently ran a story about the INUMAC (Imaging of Neuro disease Using high-field MR And Contrastophores) project, a $270 million machine that clocks in at 11.75 Tesla.

During a daylong summit on concussions at the White House on May 29, President Barack Obama said that he likely had multiple mild concussions while playing sports and emphasized the importance of educating parents about brain injuries in children, as reported by NBC News. 

Richard J. Albin, the pathologist who is often cited for having discovered the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) in 1970, makes a case against prostate screening in his new book, coauthored with Ronald Piana, The Great Prostate Hoax: How Big Medicine Hijacked the PSA Test and Caused a Public Health Disaster, as reported by the Washington Post on May 12. 

Baseball card collecting has a long history, and plenty of fans have signed bats, balls and jerseys. But how is an MRI considered baseball memorabilia? When it’s Tommy John’s MRI.

Looking underneath a mummy’s bandages used to require destroying the ancient specimen, which is not an attractive option with such precious remains. Of course, today’s imaging technology can peer inside a human body—mummified or not.

Some patients may require special accommodations before undergoing an MRI, but most technologists haven’t quite had to deal with the super-sized challenge of imaging a full-grown grizzly bear.