Tag: MRI

FDA announces Class 1 recalls for upper airway stimulation system, MRI components

Editor's Note A manufacturing defect in a critical component of an upper airway stimulation (UAS) system and coils prone to overheating during magnetic resonance imaging scans (MRIs) prompted The US Food & Drug administration to issue two Class 1 recalls June 8. Class 1 is the most severe category, indicating…

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By: Matt Danford
July 10, 2024
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AI outperforms radiologists in detecting clinically significant prostate cancer

Editor's Note In a recent study, an artificial intelligence (AI) system detected more clinically significant prostate cancers and fewer indolent cancers than human radiologists reading MRIs, MedPage today reported June 13. The MedPage report covers a study published in Lancet Oncology that, according to researchers, “provided evidence that AI systems,…

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By: Matt Danford
June 26, 2024
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The rise of AI in radiology—and what the future holds

When it comes to the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) in medicine, radiology is leading the charge. As of May 13, 2024, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had approved nearly 900 AI- and machine learning (ML)-enabled devices, and the vast majority of them are in radiology. One example…

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By: Brita Belli
June 24, 2024
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AI promises to eliminate unnecessary breast cancer biopsies

Editor's Note An AI model that outperformed MRI and ultrasound in identifying patients with axillary breast cancer metastasis shows the technology’s potential to reduce the need for needle or surgical biopsies, according to developers at UT Southwestern Medical Center. In a May 21 report on their new AI model, researchers…

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By: Matt Danford
June 6, 2024
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FDA announces class 1 recall for disposable biopsy needle kit

Editor's Note Microscopic stainless steel debris on the insides of biopsy needles prompted the FDA to issue a class 1 recall—indicating risk of death or serious injury—for Elekta Instrument’s Disposable Biopsy Needle Kit, which is used with the Leksell Stereotactic System for brain tissue sampling during neurosurgery, the disposable biopsy…

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By: Matt Danford
April 29, 2024
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Artificial intelligence (AI) captures uncertainty in medical scans

Editor's Note Artificial intelligence (AI) is a useful tool for helping clinicians to determine health problems from medical imaging, but AI often provides just one answer, when there may be a number of possible interpretations. Now, researchers from MIT, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Massachusetts General Hospital…

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By: Brita Belli
April 16, 2024
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Impending sale of federal helium reserve raising concerns over supply chain disruptions

Editor's Note The US government's sale of the Federal Helium Reserve, a large underground helium stockpile in Amarillo, Texas, has raised concerns about the supply of helium for critical healthcare applications, especially MRI machines, NBC News reported January 25. The Federal Helium Reserve reportedly provides up to 30% of the…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
January 31, 2024
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Functional ultrasound offers less invasive option for people with paralysis

Editor's Note Functional ultrasound has been shown to be a promising alternative to brain-machine-interface (BMI) devices to read neural activity and assist people with paralysis. These findings were published by Nature Neuroscience on November 30.  BMIs typically require invasive surgical procedures to implant the electrodes into the brain. While these…

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By: Brita Belli
December 1, 2023
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New MRI scanner is reportedly 10 times more powerful than regular machines

Editor's Note An international team of researchers has unveiled a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner that is reportedly significantly more powerful than conventional MRI machines, a November 27 article published by Nature Methods reports. The new MRI is said to record up to 10 times with more detail than…

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By: Brita Belli
November 27, 2023
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