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Musculoskeletal Radiology

Musculoskeletal radiology is a subspecialty concerned with the diagnostic radiology of diseases of the muscles and skeleton. In recent years, MRI musculoskeletal imaging for the assessment of bone disease has been joined by advances in ultrasonography, scintigraphy, and computed tomography.

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A health-insurance company’s “price transparency program” succeeded in driving insured patients to less-expensive MRI facilities and away from hospital-based facilities, according to an article in the current edition of Health Affairs.

The insurer was WellPoint. One of its subsidiaries commissioned the study, and another conducted it. The study looked at more than 100,000 members of WellPoint health plans from 2010 through 2012. … read more »

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MRI-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound noninvasively destroyed a benign bone tumor in the leg of a Canadian teenager. That night, for the first time in months, he was able to sleep without being jolted awake by excruciating pain.

The July 17 treatment by a team from The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto was the North American debut of the procedure for … read more »

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An MRI scan apparently cost a San Diego teenager $6.5 million earlier this month. The youngster, 17-year-old Brady Aiken, graduated this spring from San Diego’s Cathedral Catholic High School, where he pitched on the baseball team. He pitched so well, in fact, he pitched that the Houston Astros made him the very first pick in Major League Baseball’s annual First-Year … read more »

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The emerging field of radiomics—the extraction and analysis of “hidden” data from large amounts of medical images—could help doctors more accurately choose the precise radiation therapy doses necessary to kill tumors, according to a study presented today at the 56th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine in Austin, Texas.

Joseph O. Deasy, PhD, senior author of the … read more »

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The discovery by University of Wisconsin researchers of genes that are necessary for surviving high levels of radiation has potentially big implications for imaging and radiation therapy.

The researchers developed a highly radiation–resistant strain of Escherichia coli by exposing cultures of the bacterium to extreme doses of radiation. “We blasted the cultures until 99 percent of the bacteria were dead,” said Michael M. … read more »

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A new type of nanoparticle actively seeks out cancer cells, then automatically assembles itself into clumps large enough to clearly show up on MRI scans.

Researchers at Imperial College London created the nanoparticle to increase both the sensitivity and specificity of MRI in detecting small, early-stage tumors. Nicholas J. Long, PhD, the Sir Edward Frankland BP Chair of Inorganic Chemistry, explained … read more »

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Two new studies look at imaging-related lessons from the April 2013 terrorist bombing attack during the Boston Marathon—one of interest to post-traumatic stress disorder researchers, and the other of concern primarily to radiologists and the institutions where they practice.

The bombing presented an unanticipated opportunity for a group of researchers who had performed functional MRI brain scans on Boston-area teenagers for … read more »

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CT scans of two 40,000-year-old but nearly intact woolly mammoth mummies have given paleontologists a wealth of insights about the extinct elephant species to which they belong.

The frozen, mummified female carcasses were found in 2007 and 2008, 3,000 miles apart, in Siberia. They were just babies; “Khroma” was slightly less than two months old and “Lyuba” a month old when … read more »

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Even loss of consciousness from a blow to the head is not by itself reason enough to give a child a cranial CT scan, according to research published online Monday in JAMA Pediatrics.

Nathan Kuppermann, MD, senior author of the article and principal investigator for the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN), from which the article’s data and analysis were derived, summarized the research … read more »

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