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New therapeutic agent proves more effective treatment for advanced prostate cancer
A German multicenter study, initiated by the German Society of Nuclear Medicine, demonstrates that lutetium-177-labeled PSMA-617 is a promising new therapeutic agent for radioligand therapy of patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer. The study is published in the January 2017 issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine and is the featured article. (2017-01-05)

Penn experts call for expansion of molecular imaging in precision cancer care
New molecular imaging technologies can make it easier to diagnose, monitor, and treat cancers while potentially saving patients from undergoing therapies that are likely to be ineffective and playing a role in minimizing side effects. (2016-12-29)

Forthcoming comprehensive reference guide on deep tissue imaging techniques
A forthcoming reference book for new deep tissue imaging techniques, to be published Jan. 31, 2017 by Pan Stanford, provides a comprehensive guide for researchers and students of multiple disciplines. (2016-12-28)

ImageSat International and Ben-Gurion University to collaborate on miniature hyperspect
'This new technology based on BGU research could lead to a new generation of spectral systems for flight and space-based remote sensing' says Prof. Dan Blumberg. 'The collaboration between academia and industry is a sterling example of the 'NewSpace' concept, which promotes innovation and creativity in the space industry and will enable ImageSat to become the leader in the field of hyperspectral imaging.' (2016-12-27)

Calcium aids chromosome condensation prior to cell division
Research led by the University of Osaka found that calcium ions help maintain the structure of chromosomes during mitosis by promoting their condensation. Increasing concentrations of calcium were shown to cause loose, fibrous chromosomes to become compact globular structures. These findings are key to understanding mitosis and cell cycle progression. (2016-12-26)

Study finds state tort reforms linked to decreases in radiography utilization
According to new research from the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, state tort reform has been associated with a decrease in physician ordering of radiographs. The study, published online in the Journal of the American College of Radiology (JACR), examines the extent to which radiography use is influenced by malpractice liability pressure among office-based physicians. (2016-12-21)

Live cell imaging using a smartphone
A recent study from Uppsala University shows how smartphones can be used to make movies of living cells, without the need for expensive equipment. The study is published in the open-access journal PLOS ONE, making it possible for laboratories around the world to do the same thing. (2016-12-21)

Music in the brain: The first imaging genetic study linking dopaminergic genes to music
Sounds, such as music and noise, are capable of reliably affecting individuals' moods and emotions, possibly by regulating brain dopamine, a neurotransmitter strongly involved in emotional behavior and mood regulation. However, the relationship of sound environments with mood and emotions is highly variable across individuals. A putative source of variability is genetic background, a study from Center for Music in the Brain, Aarhus University in Denmark, shows. (2016-12-21)

UMN researchers provide molecular portraits of a new cancer drug target
Unprecedented images of cancer genome-mutating enzymes acting on DNA provide vital clues into how the enzymes work to promote tumor evolution and drive poor disease outcomes. These images, revealed by University of Minnesota researchers, provide the first ever high-resolution pictures of molecular complexes formed between DNA and the human APOBEC3A and APOBEC3B enzymes. (2016-12-19)

'Tiny earthquakes' help scientists predict mountain rock falls
Scientists have developed a new way to predict when mountain rock falls will happen -- in regions where people go skiing and climbing. The technique involves detecting tiny earthquakes which cause cracks in the mountain rock. (2016-12-19)

Engineers develop a new noninvasive method to detect infections in prostheses
Engineers at the University of California San Diego have developed a new noninvasive method to detect infections in prostheses used for amputees, as well as for knee, hip and other joint replacements. The method, which is at the proof of concept stage, consists of a simple imaging technique and an innovative material to coat the prostheses. (2016-12-14)

Joslin researcher will work in MoTrPAC to map molecular changes from physical activity
Laurie J. Goodyear Ph.D., Senior Investigator and co-Head of the Section on Integrative Physiology and Metabolism at the Joslin Diabetes Center, and Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, has received one of the first awards for the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans Consortium (MoTrPac) announced today by the NIH. (2016-12-14)

NIH awards aim to understand molecular changes during physical activity
The National Institutes of Health Common Fund announced today the first awards for the Molecular Transducers of Physical Activity in Humans Program, which will allow researchers to develop a comprehensive map of the molecular changes that occur in response to physical activity. (2016-12-13)

UC Davis joins national effort on links between health and exercise
We know that exercise is good for you. But why, and how? The National Institutes of Health today announced a six-year, $170 million nationwide project to dig deep into the molecular changes that come from physical activity, and how they influence health. Two professors in the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences, Sue Bodine and Keith Baar, are taking part in the effort. (2016-12-13)

The good and bad of MRI evaluation of the urothelial tract
When performed properly, MR urography (MRU) can be an alternative to CT urography (CTU) for imaging of the entire urinary tract. (2016-12-13)

Lesions found within pancreatic islets provide clue for diabetes research
Researchers at the Umeå Center for Molecular Medicine have created the first 3-D spatial visualization of an obese mouse pancreas showing the distribution dynamics of insulin producing beta cells. The results show significant amounts of cystic lesions within pancreatic islets. These lesions could be linked to alterations in the mass and function of insulin producing beta cells. (2016-12-12)

Multiple sclerosis: Reduced levels of contrast agent deposits in the brain
Researchers from Charité -- Universitätsmedizin and the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, have studied the extent to which repeated use of gadolinium-based MRI contrast agents leads to gadolinium deposition in the brains of patients with multiple sclerosis. Their report, which has recently been published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal, suggests that the risk of such accumulations occurring is reduced if contrast agents known as 'macrocylcic agents' are used. (2016-12-12)

Patients receiving CD for atraumatic headache in ER less likely to return within 30 days
A retrospective observational study illustrates that patients who underwent CT examination for atraumatic headache in an initial emergency department (ED) visit were less likely to return to the ED within 30 days. (2016-12-07)

Novel label-free microscopy enables dynamic, high-resolution imaging of cell interactions
Researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have invented a novel live-cell imaging method that could someday help biologists better understand how stem cells transform into specialized cells and how diseases like cancer spread. The Photonic Crystal Enhanced Microscope (PCEM) is capable of monitoring and quantitatively measuring cell adhesion, a critical process involved cell migration, cell differentiation, cell division, and cell death. (2016-12-07)

How our immune system targets TB
Researchers have seen, for the very first time, how the human immune system recognizes tuberculosis (TB). These findings are the crucial step in developing better diagnostics and perhaps even vaccines for this deadly infection. (2016-12-06)

3-D printed kidney phantoms aid nuclear medicine dosing calibration
In nuclear medicine, the goal is to keep radiation exposure at a minimum, while obtaining quality images. Optimal dosing for individual patients can be difficult to determine. That's where 3-D printed organ models of varying size and shape could be of great use. In a study reported in the December issue of 'The Journal of Nuclear Medicine,' researchers at the University of Würzburg demonstrate the value of 3D-printed kidney phantoms for quantitative SPECT/CT imaging. (2016-12-05)

A radiation-free approach to imaging molecules in the brain
Scientists hoping to see molecules that control brain activity have devised a probe that lets them image such molecules without using chemical or radioactive labels. The sensors consist of proteins that detect a particular target, which causes them to dilate blood vessels, producing a change in blood flow that can be imaged with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or other techniques. (2016-12-02)

Novel anti-PSMA imaging agent quickly identifies prostate cancer lesions
New research demonstrates that a novel imaging agent can quickly and accurately detect metastasis of prostate cancer, even in areas where detection has previously been difficult. Published in the December issue of (2016-12-02)

High-resolution brain imaging could improve detection of concussions
High-resolution brain scans analyzed by machine learning algorithms could determine whether a patient has a concussion, according to a new study published in PLOS Computational Biology. (2016-12-01)

Improving the mechanical properties of polymer gels through molecular design
Research conducted at Nagoya University has revealed that the strength of normally brittle polymer gels can be increased using a design in which mobile cross-linking units are threaded on a polymer. This allows the gel to resist stress concentration because the cross-linking units can slide along the polymer when a force is applied. Sliding ability increases with the length of polymer between cross-linking units. (2016-11-30)

Inflammatory complications of immunodeficiency disease may benefit from imaging technique
A new proof of concept study has shown that an imaging technique more commonly used to assess cancer patients may also be of help in assessing disease and treatment effects in patients with inflammatory diseases. The study is published in Clinical & Experimental Immunology. (2016-11-30)

Less division of labor in the brains of people with autism
A new study by neuropsychologists at San Diego State University suggests that in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) the brains' hemispheres are less likely to specialize one way or another. The finding gives further insight into how brain development in people with ASD contributes to the disorder's cognitive characteristics. (2016-11-30)

New imaging method can detect, monitor and guide treatment for, prostate cancer
An international group of researchers report success in mice of a method of using positron emission tomography (PET) scans to track, in real time, an antibody targeting a hormone receptor pathway specifically involved in prostate cancer. (2016-11-30)

RIT professor wins grants from the Moore Foundation
Research at Rochester Institute of Technology explores mitochondrial DNA and intercellular cargo transport. (2016-11-28)

Head impacts lead to brain changes in high school football players
Brain imaging exams performed on high school football players after just one season revealed changes in both the gray and white matter that correlated with exposure to head impacts, according to a new study that will be presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). (2016-11-28)

Imaging technique measures toxicity of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's proteins
A new super-resolution imaging technique allows researchers to track how surface changes in proteins are related to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. (2016-11-23)

Jean-Claude Kieffer and François Légaré honored by the Royal Society of Canada
Professors Jean-Claude Kieffer and François Legaré from INRS's Centre Énergie Matériaux Télécommunications were honored at the Royal Society of Canada's (RSC) Induction and Awards Ceremony, held at the Isabel Bader Centre in Kingston on Nov. 18, 2016. They have been elected by their peers in recognition of their accomplishments. (2016-11-23)

Novel type of cell death in Huntington's disease may lead to effective new therapies
Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU)-led researchers showed that the mutant huntingtin protein causes a previously unknown kind of cell death called ballooning cell death (BCD). They showed that BCD is a type of necrosis caused by impaired TEAD/YAP transcription and that preventing BCD stopped Huntington's disease symptoms in mice. These findings may lead to development of effective therapies for Huntington's disease patients. (2016-11-22)

Only half of a chromosome is DNA, 3-D imaging study shows
DNA makes up only half of the material inside chromosomes -- far less than was previously thought -- a study has revealed. (2016-11-21)

A new way to image solar cells in 3-D
Berkeley Lab scientists have developed a way to use optical microscopy to map thin-film solar cells in 3-D as they absorb photons. (2016-11-15)

RIT professor images David Livingstone diaries, gives talks in UK
Multispectral imaging technology continues to recover new insights from the field diaries of 19th-century explorer David Livingstone. A team of scholars and scientists who worked on the Livingstone Spectral Imaging project, including Roger Easton, professor in the Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science at Rochester Institute of Technology, will present their research in public talks in the United Kingdom in November. (2016-11-10)

The self-driving microscope
Researchers develop a combination of software and hardware for adaptive live imaging of large living organisms. (2016-11-10)

Scientists develop computer models to predict cancer cell network activity
A multi-institution academic-industrial partnership of researchers led by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has developed a new method to broadly assess cell communication networks and identify disease-specific network anomalies. (2016-11-09)

Cardiovascular imaging congress brings advanced techniques to the bedside
EuroEcho-Imaging 2016 brings advanced techniques to the bedside with international experts set to discuss the use of holograms and 3D printing to guide interventions. The world's largest cardiovascular imaging conference will be held 7 to 10 Dec. in Leipzig, Germany at the Congress Centre Leipzig. (2016-11-07)

On-chip observation of THz graphene plasmons
Researchers developed a technique for imaging THz photocurrents with nanoscale resolution, and applied it to visualize strongly compressed THz waves (plasmons) in a graphene photodetector. The extremely short wavelengths and highly concentrated fields of these plasmons open new venues for the development of miniaturized optoelectronic THz devices (Nature Nanotechnology DOI: 10.1038/NNANO.2016.185) (2016-11-04)

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