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MRIs and Alzheimer's: Detecting the Disease Early

Elderly man showing signs of memory loss
About 5.5 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer's disease, according to the Alzheimer's Association , and that number is expected to rise to 16 million by 2050. Alzheimer's is the most common type of dementia and the 6th leading cause of death, causing more deaths every year than breast cancer and prostate cancer combined. About one out of ever...
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These 3 Imaging Tests Can Help Determine Your Risk of Stroke

Diagram of how a stroke begins to develop in an artery
Every year in the U.S., nearly 800,000 people suffer a stroke, according to data from the CDC , and more than 600,000 of those are first-time strokes. What's more the CDC says about 130,000 people die each year as a result of strokes, which are also the leading cause of long-term disability in the U.S. Most strokes - about 85% - are ischemic stroke...
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Using MRIs to Detect Autism in Babies

Using MRIs to Detect Autism in Babies
Is it possible to know as early as infancy when a child is on the autism spectrum? This is a topic debated for years in the medical community. In 2011, researchers at Stanford University discovered a distinct difference in the brain chemistry of children with autism. Specifically, they found that the gray matter had a unique organization. It is bel...
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Sports Injury: What Kind of Tests Will Your Doctor Perform

Sports Injury: What Kind of Tests Will Your Doctor Perform
Whether you are getting ready for the spring training season or just looking to boost your fitness level, sports injuries are a concern. Imaging is a critical diagnostic tool because the pictures tell a story about your body and what isn't working right. Your doctor will likely order imaging tests in order to make a diagnosis and create a working c...
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Scientists Use MRI Scanners to Detect 'Brain Rust' in Schizophrenic Patients

Scientists Use MRI Scanners to Detect 'Brain Rust' in Schizophrenic Patients
Using a new kind of MRI measurement, neuroscientists recently discovered that excessive oxidation in the brain may contribute to schizophrenia. In other words, the same chemical reaction that causes metal to corrode and rust could be damaging brain cells in schizophrenic patients, too. To analyze this, Dr. Fei Du and his colleagues at McLean Hospit...
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My Battle with Epilepsy and How a 3T MRI Made a Difference

My Battle with Epilepsy and How a 3T MRI Made a Difference
When I was diagnosed with epilepsy, it surely came as a shock. I had a basically normal life (for a geek) growing up; I got through high school OK and into college. As far as I was concerned, my brain was just there for me because it seemed to impress people and I was glad to have something impressive about me. But that sto...
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Frequently Asked Questions About MRI Scans

Frequently Asked Questions About MRI Scans
MRI stands for Magnetic Resonance Imaging. It is a noninvasive diagnostic procedure that uses magnetic fields and radio waves to produce a clear and detailed digital image of the human anatomy. By conducting an MRI scan, physicians can detect and identify a number of medical conditions in their early stages and therefore increase the likelihood of ...
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MRI and Claustrophobia: Finding Ways to Cope

MRI and Claustrophobia: Finding Ways to Cope
Claustrophobia is an irrational fear of being enclosed and having no way to escape. Unfortunately, that is the very essence of the traditional MRI, which slides a patient into a tube, so strong magnetic fields and radio waves can create images of the internal structures of the body. HealthResearchFunding.org reports that while only about 13 percent...
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