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Lifelike 3-D cinematic imaging promises numerous medical uses

Newly developed ‘cinematic rendering’ technology can produce photorealistic 3-D images from traditional CT and MRI data, with potential applications in medical education, communication with patients and physicians, and early disease detection, according to an article. Read more Source: Science Daily

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Tumor-targeting MRI contrast developed, based on human protein

A human protein-based, tumor-targeting Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) contrast has been developed that can be easily cleared by the body. The discovery holds promise for clinical application. Read more Source: Science Daily

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New OCT technique provides better 3-D imaging of the cellular structure of the eye

Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) is a high-resolution live imaging technique that can be used for early detection of retinal diseases, such as age-related macular degeneration , diabetes-related conditions, glaucoma or vascular occlusions, for example. However, in order to obtain cellular resolution of the retina and hence even better results, it has so far been necessary […]

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Metal-free MRI contrast agent could be safer for some patients

To enhance the visibility of organs as they are scanned with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), patients are usually injected with a compound known as a contrast agent before going into the scanner. The most commonly used MRI contrast agents are based on the metal gadolinium; however, these metal compounds can be harmful for young children […]

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Imaging of scar tissue formation

Organs respond to injuries with the formation of new fibrous tissue, which can result in scarring. This process called fibrogenesis can now be monitored noninvasively on a molecular level, as scientists report. They have created a new gadolinium-based probe for magnetic resonance imaging that specifically reports the proteins involved in fibrogenesis. Read more Source: Science […]

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Seeing more with PET scans: New chemistry for medical imaging

Researchers have found a surprisingly versatile workaround to create chemical compounds that could prove useful for medical imaging and drug development. Read more Source: Science Daily

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Glowing tumor technology helps surgeons remove hidden cancer cells

Surgeons were able to identify and remove a greater number of cancerous nodules from lung cancer patients when combining intraoperative molecular imaging (IMI) — through the use of a contrast agent that makes tumor cells glow during surgery — with preoperative positron emission tomograph y (PET) scans. Read more Source: Science Daily

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Fusion targeted prostate biopsy proves more accuratein diagnosis of prostate cancer

An innovative procedure combining MRI and ultrasound to create a 3D image of the prostate can more accurately locate suspicious areas and help diagnose whether it’s prostate cancer, new research confirms. Read more Source: Science Daily

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Keeping medical imaging safe for children

When a doctor recommends medical imaging for a child, parents may find themselves confused and concerned. Read more Source: Science Daily

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MRIs in first trimester of pregnancy not associated with increased risk to fetus, study shows

Performing an MRI on a woman in the early part of pregnancy does not increase the risk of her baby being stillborn, dying soon after birth or having a birth defect, a new study suggests. Nor do the children have a higher risk of vision loss, hearing loss or cancer in their first four years. […]

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