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Ultrasound waves ease pain by influencing brain areas

AuntMinnie

Focused ultrasound could help ease pain by manipulating the area of the brain that registers pain, a proof-of-principle study published February 1 in Pain found. Researchers led by Wynn Legon, PhD, from Virginia Tech University found that low-intensity focused ultrasound can nonsurgically modulate the anterior insula and posterior insula in humans, with participants reporting lower pain levels after undergoing procedures.

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Can Positron Emission Mammography Have an Impact in Diagnosing Invasive Breast Cancer?

Diagnostic Imaging

Findings from a new pilot study showed that low-dose positron emission mammography (PEM) detected 96 percent of malignant index lesions and had a 46 percent lower false-positive rate in comparison to breast MRI.

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The Transition from Wake to Sleep: Watching Cortical Synchronicity and Information Flow

UCSF Biomedical Imaging

The complex process of drifting from wakefulness to sleep is governed by the brain’s cortex, and new research from UCSF imaging scientists advances our understanding of this important phenomenon.

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Study finds strongest evidence to date of brain's ability to compensate for age-related cognitive decline

ScienceDaily

Scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that our brains can compensate for age-related deterioration by recruiting other areas to help with brain function and maintain cognitive performance.

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Maximize Your Radiology Center’s Performance With Specialized Scheduling

Patient-centric scheduling can only be achieved through optimized radiology workflows, effective communications between staff and physicians, and, of course, through specialized schedulers. In this guide, we’ll take you through a step-by-step process to transform your radiology center into a high-performance hub of medical imaging.

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COVID-19 set back Alzheimer’s disease research

AuntMinnie

U.S. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research centers saw a 77% drop in participants enrolling in clinical trials due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study conducted by epidemiologists at the University of Pittsburgh. Notably, the effect was experienced most keenly by historically underserved populations, with a 91% drop in Black/African American participants compared with 71% in white participants, wrote lead author Elizabeth Shaaban, PhD, of the school’s Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (

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Novel technique has potential to transform breast cancer detection

Medical Xpress: Radiology

An innovative breast imaging technique provides high sensitivity for detecting cancer while significantly reducing the likelihood of false positive results, according to a study published in Radiology: Imaging Cancer. Researchers said the technique has the potential to offer more reliable breast cancer screening for a broader range of patients.

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Scientist shows focused ultrasound can reach deep into the brain to relieve pain

ScienceDaily

Scientists have found soundwaves from low-intensity focused ultrasound aimed at a place deep in the brain called the insula can reduce both the perception of pain and other effects of pain, such as heart rate changes.

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New tau PET tracer shows promise in Alzheimer’s disease patients

AuntMinnie

PET imaging using a newly developed radiotracer has identified different patterns of brain tau pathology over time in early-onset versus late-onset Alzheimer’s disease patients, according to a study published February 1 in the Journal of Nuclear Medicine. The study found that tau protein tangles showed rapid accumulation globally in early-onset patients and that this correlated with their verbal memory deterioration.

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Bullied children are at risk of developing psychotic disorders

Health Imaging

Researchers at the University of Tokyo found bullied adolescents had lower levels of regulatory neurotransmitters in the brain.

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New PET tracer detects inflammatory arthritis before symptoms appear

Medical Xpress: Radiology

A novel PET imaging technique can noninvasively detect active inflammation in the body before clinical symptoms arise, according to research published in the February issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Using a PET tracer that binds to proteins present on activated immune cells, the technique produces images of ongoing inflammation throughout the body, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

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Novel technique has potential to transform breast cancer detection

ScienceDaily

An innovative breast imaging technique provides high sensitivity for detecting cancer while significantly reducing the likelihood of false positive results. Researchers said the technique has the potential to offer more reliable breast cancer screening for a broader range of patients.

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Low-dose PEM shows promise in breast cancer detection

AuntMinnie

Low-dose positron emission mammography (PEM) can detect invasive breast cancer in a feasible manner, according to research published February 9 in Radiology: Imaging Cancer. A team led by Vivianne Freitas, MD, from the University of Toronto found that PEM performed comparably to MRI in breast cancer detection and could serve as a supplemental imaging method for evaluating dense breasts.

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Is Medicare’s appropriate-use criteria program doomed? ACR chief discusses what went wrong and how it can get back on track

Radiology Business

Radiology Business recently sat down with William T. Thorwarth Jr., MD, to discuss the future of value-based care in the specialty and how Congress can help remedy the program of what ails it.

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Apple Vision Pro app brings augmented reality to radiology

Health Imaging

The new “spatial computing” headset, which effectively allows users to augment reality with a heads-up display, now has an imaging app.

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New direct links discovered between the brain and its surrounding environment

ScienceDaily

In a recent study of the brain's waste drainage system, researchers discovered a direct connection between the brain and its tough protective covering, the dura mater. These links may allow waste fluid to leave the brain while also exposing the brain to immune cells and other signals coming from the dura. This challenges the conventional wisdom which has suggested that the brain is cut off from its surroundings by a series of protective barriers, keeping it safe from dangerous chemicals and toxi

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Is interventional radiology ready for augmented reality?

AuntMinnie

Augmented reality (AR) systems may enhance image-guided tumor ablations by improving the accuracy of needle placements, according to a study published January 29 in the Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Sciences. In a medical literature review, a group at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, said they found compelling evidence that AR can offer interventional radiologists real-time guidance and enhanced visualization during these procedures, noted first author Yousif Al-Naser and colle

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More with less: Department cuts technologists’ wasted time searching for CT supplies by 62%

Radiology Business

The University of Utah Health department of radiology recently tackled a quality improvement project to quash wasted minutes spent seeking syringes and other items in storage.

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New PET Tracer Detects Inflammatory Arthritis Before Symptoms Appear

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Fri, 02/09/2024 - 09:17 February 9, 2024 — A novel PET imaging technique can noninvasively detect active inflammation in the body before clinical symptoms arise, according to research published in the February issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine. Using a PET tracer that binds to proteins present on activated immune cells, the technique produces images of ongoing inflammation throughout the body, such as rheumatoid arthritis.

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New PET tracer detects inflammatory arthritis before symptoms appear

ScienceDaily

A novel PET imaging technique can noninvasively detect active inflammation in the body before clinical symptoms arise, according to new research. Using a PET tracer that binds to proteins present on activated immune cells, the technique produces images of ongoing inflammation throughout the body, such as rheumatoid arthritis. This makes it easier for physicians to correctly diagnose and treat patients.

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Researcher speaks on MyChart Mobile tool with AuntMinnie.com

AuntMinnie

Researchers recently had results published showing the efficacy of an online tool for women to better understand their breast cancer screening results, including what their mammograms mean. Seetharam Chadalavada, MD, from the University of Cincinnati co-authored the paper, published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology , and spoke with AuntMinnie.com on how a human-centered design framework led to the tool's creation.

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FDA issues Class I recall notice for Philips nuclear imaging system

Radiology Business

The alert pertains to its BrightView SPECT family of nuclear imaging systems, with concerns a loose screw could cause machinery to fall on a patient.

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Paige Expands its AppLab Marketplace with Six New Digital Pathology Providers to Deliver a More Robust and Streamlined User Experience for Diagnosing Cancer

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Thu, 02/08/2024 - 13:52 February 8, 2024 — Paige , a global leader in end-to-end digital pathology solutions and clinical Artificial Intelligence ( AI ) applications that assist in diagnosing cancer, today announced a significant expansion of its AppLab marketplace, with the addition of six new digital pathology and AI providers. New applications from these industry-leading companies, including Imagene , Histofy , Aiosyn , Clinsight , DoMore Diagnostics , and Stratipath *, will

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Lighting up Alzheimer's-related proteins to allow for earlier disease detection

ScienceDaily

Many neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, are difficult to diagnose before symptoms begin to appear. However, disease-related biomarkers such as aggregated proteins called amyloids could provide important insight much earlier, if they can be readily detected. Researchers have developed one such method using an array of sensor molecules that can light up amyloids.

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Ultrasound 'sticker' measures tissue stiffness

AuntMinnie

A wearable ultrasound sticker the size of a postage stamp can continuously measure tissue stiffness and may have a place in monitoring organ transplantation patients, according to research published February 9 in Science Advances. A team of researchers led by Hsiao-Chuan Liu, PhD, and doctoral students Yushun Zeng and Chen Gong of the University of Southern California found that their bio-adhesive ultrasound elastography (BAUS-E) sticker can continuously monitor the stiffness of organs over 48 h

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Visualizing multiple sclerosis with a new MRI procedure

Medical Xpress: Radiology

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease that usually leads to permanent disabilities. It affects about 2.9 million people worldwide, and about 15,000 in Switzerland alone. One key feature of the disease is that it causes the patient's own immune system to attack and destroy the myelin sheaths in the central nervous system.

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Siemens Healthineers Testifies Before Senate Committee on Finance on the Promise and Pitfalls of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Thu, 02/08/2024 - 13:48 February 8, 2024 — Siemens Healthineers , a global leader in medical technology and in researching and training artificial intelligence for use in this field, is testifying today before the Senate Committee on Finance. The hearing, " Artificial Intelligence and Health Care: Promise and Pitfalls ," is focusing on the use of algorithms and AI systems in healthcare.

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9 Steps To A Healthier Heart

Delaney Radiology

You and your heart have one life together! Foster that bond and get the most out of your life together by adding more heart healthy things to your lifestyle. Every step counts, and a little bit goes a long way! Here are 9 steps you can take towards a healthier heart: Stop or decrease the amount you smoke or vape. Your risk of heart attack or stroke reduces the moment you quit.

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AI boosts CTPA's ability to predict lung disease survival

AuntMinnie

The percentage of lung fibrosis quantified on CT pulmonary angiograms (CTPA) by an AI model is associated with increased risk of mortality -- and boosts clinicians' ability to predict the survival of lung disease patients, researchers have found. The information is especially useful when used in combination with radiologic severity scoring -- compared with radiologic scoring alone -- and the study findings could help clinicians better care for their patients, wrote a team led by Krit Dwivedi, Ph

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New MRI Technique Enables Early Detection and Better Monitoring of Multiple Sclerosis

MedImaging MRI

A new MRI technique that can map the condition of myelin sheaths in the central nervous system more accurately than was previously possible could improve the early detection and monitoring of multiple sclerosis.

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Visualizing Multiple Sclerosis with a New MRI Procedure

Imaging Technology

milla1cf Fri, 02/09/2024 - 09:41 February 9, 2024 — Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a neurological disease that usually leads to permanent disabilities. It affects around 2.9 million people worldwide, and around 15,000 in Switzerland alone. One key feature of the disease is that it causes the patient’s own immune system to attack and destroy the myelin sheaths in the central nervous system.

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The Transition from Wake to Sleep: Watching Cortical Synchronicity and Information Flow

UCSF Biomedical Imaging

The complex process of drifting from wakefulness to sleep is governed by the brain’s cortex, and new research from UCSF imaging scientists advances our understanding of this important phenomenon.

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Music calms patients undergoing imaging procedures

AuntMinnie

Music can be calming for patients undergoing medical imaging, an article published February 7 in Radiography suggests. A team led by Lina Viera, PhD, from the Lisbon Polytechnic Institute in Portugal found that musical interventions, whether they be classical songs or sounds of nature, can reduce anxiety and heart rate outcomes in patients. This includes imaging procedures such as MRI, mammography, and PET among others.

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The Future of Accounting: Trends and Predictions

MRI Network

Image by rawpixel.com on Freepik In 2019, a Sage survey found that 90% of accountants believed accounting was experiencing a cultural shift thanks to rapidly evolving technology. No one could have predicted how much tech would change the accounting field in just a few short years. The pandemic accelerated the adoption of cloud-based finance apps, data analytics tools are more prevalent than ever, and artificial intelligence has shaken up nearly every industry—accounting included.

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