Background Reports 2019 -- MEDICA - World Forum for Medicine

Image: A woman and two men discuss MRI images in a laboratory with computers; Copyright: Andreas Heddergott / TUM

Andreas Heddergott / TUM

Improved monitoring of silicone implants

23/09/2022

An interdisciplinary research team at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now developed a new algorithm that improves the quality of MR images by depicting water, fat, and silicone simultaneously in a reliable and fully automated way.
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Image: A cardiologist looks after a study participant during an MRI scan; Copyright: Uwe Dettmar

Uwe Dettmar

Long COVID: persistent heart inflammation might explain heart symptoms

15/09/2022

The research team led by Dr Valentina Puntmann and Professor Eike Nagel from University Hospital Frankfurt and Goethe University Frankfurt followed up around 350 study participants without previously known heart problems who had recovered from a SARS-CoV-2 infection.
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Image: A young man has two electrodes placed under his ear and is receiving electrical nerve stimulation, Copyright: senencov

senencov

Stimulation of vagus nerve strengthens communication between stomach and brain

14/09/2022

A research team led by Prof. Dr. Nils Kroemer of the University Hospitals of Tübingen and Bonn has shown for the first time that non-invasive stimulation of the vagus nerve at the ear can strengthen the communication between stomach and brain within minutes.
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Olena Rudo

MRI shows how nature nurtures the brain

12/09/2022

After a 60-minute walk in nature, activity in brain regions involved in stress processing decreases. This is the finding of a recent study by the Lise Meitner Group for Environmental Neuroscience at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, published in Molecular Psychiatry.
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MargJohnsonVA

Efficient AI technology for MRI data analysis

01/09/2022

An algorithm developed by researchers from Helmholtz Munich, the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and its University Hospital rechts der Isar, the University Hospital Bonn (UKB) and the University of Bonn is able to learn independently across different medical institutions.
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Image: MRI images of the brain with a marked area; Copyright: MPI CBS

MPI CBS

MRI: Potential of nigrosome imaging for Parkinson's diagnosis

23/08/2022

A team of neurophysicists, led by Malte Brammerloh of MPI CBS, found evidence that the identification of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sign for Parkinson's diagnosis, as a specific anatomical region in the brain, is widespread but not at all correct.
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Bild: Doctor explains the patient's heart disease at the bedside using a cardiological figure ; Copyright: DC_Studio

DC_Studio

Abnormal heart metabolism may predict future sudden cardiac death

15/07/2022

Adults with abnormal heart metabolism are up to three times more likely to experience life-threatening arrhythmias (an irregular heart rhythm), and MRI techniques could be used to detect the condition and predict future sudden cardiac death (SCD), according to a small, but rigorous study led by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers.
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twenty20photos

Certain face masks unsafe in MRI machines, study shows

14/07/2022

New research outlines potential risk to patients who wear certain types of face masks whilst undergoing an MRI scan.
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ASphotostudio

New imaging technology less accurate than MRI at detecting prostate cancer

11/07/2022

A team of researchers in Australia and New Zealand has found that MRI scans can detect prostate cancer more accurately than the newer, prostate-specific -PSMA PET/CT scanning technique.
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Image: Radiologist prepares the patient for mammography diagnostics on the X-ray machine; Copyright: LightFieldStudios

LightFieldStudios

Breast cancer: Contrast-enhanced mammography vs. MRI

04/07/2022

Contrast-enhanced mammography (CEM) may be a useful alternative test for neoadjuvant therapy (NAT) response assessment in patients with breast cancer who are unable to undergo MRI.
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Image: Screenshot of the VR app: a small penguin sitting on the treatment table of the MRI device; Copyright: Entertainment Computing Group, Uni DUE & LAVAlabs Moving Images

Entertainment Computing Group, Uni DUE & LAVAlabs Moving Images

Gamification: how penguins help children overcome their MRI fear

23/04/2019

It's noisy, tight and scary - that's how children feel about a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. Because they are scared, they are often too fidgety and anxious during the procedure, causing the images to blur or the scan to be stopped. Researchers have now developed a VR app called Pingunauten Trainer that’s designed to gently prepare the little patients for MRI scans.
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Functional imaging: a look at the command center

01/04/2019

All information from our body and the environment converges in our brain and is transformed into reactions in milliseconds. It is essential for medicine and research to know what our switching centre looks like. Functional methods are used to observe it more closely during work.
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Image: close-up of a woman lying in an MRI device; Copyright: panthermedia.net/Craig Robinson

Brain mapping: preoperative planning with functional MRI

01/04/2019

A surgery already begins before the patient is lying on the operating table – namely with the planning. For example, if brain surgery is imminent, the brain must first be mapped. This makes the activity level of certain brain areas visible. Functional magnetic resonance imaging makes this possible.
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