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FDA Issues Tougher Warning on MRI Gadolinium-Based Dye Tied to Brain Effects

Posted 19 Dec 2017 by

TUESDAY, Dec. 19, 2017 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday called for tougher warnings and "additional research" into a dye commonly used with standard MRIs. The dye – a "contrast agent" – contains a metal called gadolinium. It made news recently after claims from actor Chuck Norris that its use during MRI scans seriously affected his wife's brain. Contrast agents are injected ...

Right Brain Scan Could Aid in Stroke Recovery: Study

Posted 31 Mar 2016 by

THURSDAY, March 31, 2016 – Examining the right side of the brain might help predict speech and language recovery in people who suffer a stroke on the left side of the brain, researchers say. The left side of the brain is dominant in language and speech. And, stroke damage on that side often results in difficulty speaking, naming, repeating and understanding language – a condition called ...

MRIs Before Breast Cancer Surgery on the Rise: Study

Posted 24 Sep 2015 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 – The use of MRI scans before breast cancer surgery has risen eightfold over the past decade, even though guidelines on their use in this setting are inconsistent, a new study shows. This increased use of MRI – magnetic resonance imaging – is also linked to an increase in further testing, longer wait times to surgery, a higher likelihood of a mastectomy instead of ...

CT Scan Use in Children Dropped Over Past Decade

Posted 24 Aug 2015 by

MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 – Children are receiving fewer CT scans now than a decade ago, dovetailing with a move to radiation-free MRI scans and ultrasounds, a recent study shows. Though several reasons might explain the shift, the study's lead author, Dr. Michelle Parker, said the underlying reason may be a push to limit youngsters' exposure to radiation. "Over the time of our study, there has been ...

MRI Might Predict Breast Cancer Risk in Some Women

Posted 12 May 2015 by

TUESDAY, May 12, 2015 – Women at high risk of breast cancer often have routine MRI scans to try to detect any tumors early. Now a new study hints the scans might also predict which women are most likely to develop cancer in the near future. Researchers found that among high-risk women who had MRI screening, those with a particular feature in the scans – namely, areas of background breast tissue ...

Malpractice Fears Spurring Most ER Docs to Order Unnecessary Tests

Posted 24 Mar 2015 by

TUESDAY, March 24, 2015 – Nearly all emergency room doctors surveyed order pricey MRIs or CT scans their patients may not need, mainly because they fear malpractice lawsuits, according to a new report. Of 435 ER physicians who completed the survey, 97 percent admitted to ordering some advanced imaging scans that weren't medically necessary, the findings showed. Such scans contribute to the ...

MRI May Spot Early Signs of Mental Decline, Study Finds

Posted 7 Oct 2014 by

TUESDAY, Oct. 7, 2014 – An MRI scan that measures blood flow in the brain may help predict which older adults are at risk for future memory loss, a preliminary study suggests. The researchers found that, in some apparently healthy older adults, the MRI technique was able to pick up reductions in blood flow to a brain region linked to memory. And those people were more likely than their peers to ...

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