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Children’s hospitals shift from CT scans for common childhood health problems

A study published online Aug. 24 by the journal Pediatrics finds a significant decrease in the use of computed tomography (CT) scans at children’s hospitals for 10 common childhood diagnoses including seizure, concussion, appendectomy and upper respiratory tract infection. Alternate types of imaging such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are being used more [...]

UCF-developed software analyzes fat in seconds

A University of Central Florida computer scientist has developed software to help doctors quickly determine whether what many assume to be an expected middle-age paunch is potentially more serious. Since the 2009 discovery that adults also have brown – or good – fat cells that are beneficial in fighting off weight gain and can potentially [...]

Microbleeds, diminished cerebral blood flow in cognitively normal older patients

A small imaging study suggests cortical cerebral microbleeds in the brain, which are the remnant of red blood cell leakage from small vessels, were associated with reduced brain blood flow in a group of cognitively normal older patients, according to an article published online by JAMA Neurology. Cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) are a common finding in [...]

Molecular MRI aims at component of multiple cancers

Novel MRI agents successfully target tumor-specific physiology A relatively new biomarker called prostate-specific membrane antigen (PSMA) is the bullseye for three new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) agents that bind to the protein in not only prostate cancer, but a range of tumor types, according to research unveiled at the 2015 annual meeting of the Society [...]

Cloud-based neuroimaging analysis could aid Alzheimer’s diagnosis

Online image data processing could standardize state-of-the-art molecular imaging techniques Alzheimer’s disease remains a chronic, incurable neurodegenerative disease and a worldwide health concern. Equally as important as developing comprehensive diagnostic tests is finding a means of normalizing all the ensuing data–and that technology has arrived, say researchers at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society [...]