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Landmark clinical study shows MRgFUS effective for bone mets pain.

A Landmark Study on Palliation of Bone Mets PainWhen a primary cancer such as cancer of the breast, prostate or lung spreads to the bone (bone mets), treatment strategies become complex. In today’s world of oncology, better systemic chemotherapies can add months and even years to a patient’s life; in addition, local cancer control of […] KEEP READING

Understanding cartilage increases awareness of its importance.

What You Should Know About CartilageOne of the most fascinating components of the human body is cartilage, an incredibly versatile material. Trying to describe cartilage is like the six blind men who try to figure out what an elephant is: “The elephant is like a pillar,” said the man who touched his leg. “Oh no! […] KEEP READING

Essential tremor gets worse in stressful situations.

How Stress Makes Essential Tremor WorseEssential tremor (ET) is the most common form of uncontrollable rhythmic shaking, though it is sometimes misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s disease. The involuntary trembling results from abnormal communication between certain areas of the brain (cerebellum, thalamus, and brain stem). It is estimated that 10 million Americans suffer from ET, though many […] KEEP READING

Finding Football-Related Brain Damage with MRI

Florida researchers report that over 40% of the retired NFL football players they studied had signs of brain damage. This sad and shocking statistic was the result of using diffusion-tensor MRI sequences, a specific “tuning” of magnetic resonance imaging that enhances… CONTINUE

Neurological MRI

mpMRI accurately detects significant prostate cancer

Overdetection of Insignificant Prostate Cancer One of the problems with the conventional 12-core TRUS biopsy (transrectal guided ultrasound) has to do with the array of needle placement. It tends to miss cancers in two instances: a) cancers located in the anterior (front) zone of the prostate are easily missed, and b) tumors that have developed […] CONTINUE

Prostate imaging

mpMRI Can Rule Prostate Biopsy In or Out

It’s exciting to be involved in medicine at this time in history when the pace of breakthroughs has accelerated. To put it in perspective, surgery has been around since ancient times, but it took thousands of years to overcome the problems of pain, bleeding and infection. It was only in the 19th… CONTINUE

Prostate imaging

multiparametric mri of the prostate

The world of prostate cancer detection and diagnosis has been revolutionized by special imaging called Multiparametric Magnetic Resonance Imaging (mpMRI). Unlike conventional MRI, mpMRI uses two or more different imaging sequences or parameters to gain detailed information about normal and abnormal conditions in and around the prostate gland. The more powerful the magnet, the clearer […] CONTINUE

Prostate imaging