Thursday, December 15, 2016

Precautions: Is MRI with Contrast Safe for People with Kidney Disease?

Magnetic resonance imaging or MRI is among the most preferred diagnostic imaging tests as it can provide important information on a range of injuries or diseases, which can help in proper diagnosis and treatment planning. There are times, however, when an MRI is done with a contrast material called gadolinium, which is injected through the patient’s veins, for better visualization of internal organs. Contrast agents that are given intravenously will be cleared from the body by the kidneys, so the renal functions of high risk patients are tested to determine the safety of gadolinium administration. 

Friday, December 2, 2016

Research: Identifying and Differentiating CTE and AD with a PET Scan

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), NorthShore University Health System (NSUHS), and other established institutions revealed that proteins (tau) are deposited in a distinctive pattern in the brains of individuals, particularly athletes, who are suffering from chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).  Researchers conducted a study in 14 retired National Football League football players who sustained at least one concussion during their time in the field.