RSNA: What’s happening in the Imaging World

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The 99th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) is scheduled from December 1 – 6, 2013, at Chicago's McCormick Place. It is where all the latest discoveries, techniques, and innovations of the medical imaging world are shared, discussed, and viewed.

Below are some of the headline new medical studies scheduled to be presented in the RSNA’s scientific news conferences:

"Imaging Shows Long-term Impact of Blast-induced Brain Injuries in Veterans" 

Scheduled at 09:00 a.m. ET, Monday, Dec. 2 – Blast-induced mild traumatic brain injury, or trauma resulting from mortar fire and improvised explosive devices, affects up to 20 percent of recent war veterans and results in brain changes that last for years.

Cardiac MRI Reveals Energy Drinks Alter Heart Function”

Scheduled at 09:30 a.m. ET, Monday, Dec. 2 – Healthy adults who consumed energy drinks exhibited increased heart contraction rates an hour later. Researchers utilized cardiac MRI on 18 healthy volunteers prior to and following consuming an energy drink having taurine and caffeine. MR images revealed volunteers who drank energy drinks had considerably higher contraction rates in the left ventricle.

“MRI Technique Reveals Low Brain Iron in ADHD Patients”

Scheduled at 10:30 a.m. ET, Monday, Dec. 2 – An MRI technique known as magnetic field correlation (MFC) imaging was used on adolescents with ADHD. Results revealed that those ADHD patients who had never been on medication had considerably lower MFC than the control group who had been on psychostimulant medication. The MFC technique’s capability to noninvasively detect low iron levels may help improve ADHD diagnosis and guide optimal treatment.rsna

“New Research Shows Promise for Possible HIV Cure”

Scheduled at 09:00 a.m. ET, Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Researchers employ radioimmunotherapy (RIT) to eradicate residual HIV-infected cells in the blood samples of patients treated with HAART. HAART suppresses duplication of the virus, but does not kill the infected cells. Additionally, by using RIT, the researchers were able to treat HIV-infected cells in the brain and central nervous system.

"Breast Tomosynthesis Increases Cancer Detection and Reduces Recall Rates"

Scheduled at 09:30 a.m. ET, Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Digital breast tomosynthesis, a 3-D mammography technique, led to fewer false positive findings and an increase in cancer detection in a large breast cancer screening program.

"International Study Finds Heart Disease Similar in Men and Women"

Scheduled at 10:30 a.m. ET, Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Coronary computed tomography angiography shows that men and women with mild coronary artery disease and similar cardiovascular risk profiles are at similar risk for heart attack.

"MR-guided Ultrasound Offers Noninvasive Treatment for Breast Cancer" 

Scheduled at 09:00 a.m. ET, Wednesday, Dec. 4 – A method that utilizes focused ultrasound under magnetic resonance imaging guidance to heat and eliminate tumors while sustaining healthy surrounding tissue may offer a safe and effective treatment for breast cancer.

"Blood Vessels Reorganize after Face Transplantation Surgery"

Scheduled at 09:30 a.m. ET, Wednesday, Dec. 4 – Researchers have found that the blood vessels in face transplant recipients fluctuate and form new networks, leading to an understanding of the biologic changes that happen after full face transplantation.

"Mammography Screening Intervals May Affect Breast Cancer Prognosis"

Scheduled at 10:00 a.m. ET, Wednesday, Dec. 4 – Women who undergo screening mammography more often have a considerably lower rate of lymph node cancer, as opposed to women who go more than 18 months between mammograms.

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