Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the gold standard imaging modality for soft tissues. It produces detail cross-sectional images of soft tissue and bone anatomy, including muscles, tendons, ligaments, brain and organs, without the use of ionizing radiation. In addition to orthopedic imaging, MRI is also used for heart, brain and breast. MR uses gadolinium contrast in many exams to enhance tissues and blood vessels to enhance the images and make them. diagnostic quality. It can also be used in conjunction with PET scans. 

Alex Ding, MD, radiologist and incoming AMA Board trustee, explains the new AMA policy that calls on Ciongress to change the requirements of the CMS requirement for appropriate use criteria clinical decision support software for all advanced imaging exams, including CT and MRI. #AMA #AMAmtg #AMA175 #AUC

Alexander Ding, MD, a radiologist and incoming American Medical Association (AMA) Board of Trustees member, explains the new AMA policy calling on Congress to change the language and implementation of the current Medicare mandate that all advanced medical imaging needs certification.

Established clinical guidelines hold that patients presenting with ankle issues should not receive advanced imaging ahead of standard radiography. New research shows a substantial proportion of ordering clinicians sending these patients straight to MRI anyway.

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The comprehensive approach may be warranted for patients whose musculoskeletal injuries include fractures of the costal cartilage. 

Canada has fallen behind other industrialized nations in multiple measures of capital healthcare investment, and the most glaring gap is found in the state of its medical imaging equipment.


Researchers have developed a novel cardiovascular MRI protocol as an option to the invasive gold standard, endomyocardial biopsy, for monitoring heart-transplant patients at risk of suffering organ rejection.

Football players whose heads are repeatedly struck but suffer no concussions have white-matter abnormalities similar to those sustained by their concussed peers. 

Brain MRI of the choroid plexus, the main supplier of cerebrospinal fluid, can deliver independent biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease without an assist from clinical tests for amyloid abnormality or neurodegeneration. 

The FDA has OK’d two subsidiaries of Los Angeles-based RadNet to sell medical AI software—one product for diagnosing breast cancer, the other for streamlining MRI prostate reporting workflows. 

Structural brain abnormalities detected by MRI are among the risk factors the funded researchers will identify as novel biomarkers.

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In some cases hospital staff kept no watch over outside-looking-in connections between manufacturers and scanners.

The FDA has OK’d the use of MR imaging for patients implanted with an autonomic heart-stimulation device as long as the device’s labeled guidelines are followed at the imaging site.

How radiology should prepare for AUC clinical decision support reporting requirements. CMS to require AUC CDS January 1, 2023.

An overview for the coming January 2023 mandate to use clinical decision support for all advanced imaging orders.

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American Society of Nuclear Cardiology (ASNC) delegates to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates 2022 meeting Stephen Bloom, MD, and Nishant Shah, MD, explain a new AMA policy asking Congress to revise its clinician decision support mandate. 

The American Medical Association Board of Delegates approved a policy calling on payers to reimburse for the drug regadenoson and not to employ payment policies that push for cardiologists to change the drug they use for pharmacologic stress for one that is considered less safe.

American Medical Association President Gerald Harmon, MD, joined us for an exclusive chat about some of the hottest topics discussed at the 2022 AMA House of Delegates meeting.

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