Journal Scan – This Month in Other Journals, May 2015

Please check out the accompanying podcast of this blog post (also known as “Annotated Bibliography”): 1. Kuchcinshi G, Mellerio C, Pallud J, et al. Three-tesla functional MR language mapping: Comparison with direct cortical stimulation in gliomas. Neurology. 2015;84:560–568.

The authors evaluated 3T fMRI language mapping to direct cortical stimulation (DCS) during awake surgery in 40 patients with supratentorial gliomas (24 low-grade, 16 high-grade). They aimed to identify the clinical, histopathologic, and radiologic factors associated with fMRI/DCS discrepancies. Three block-designed tasks were performed during fMRI (letter word generation, category word generation, semantic association). They found that the sensitivity and specificity … Continue reading >>

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AJNR Now Deposits Accepted Manuscripts with Government Funding

As a service to its authors, AJNR now exports accepted manuscripts to the PubMed Central, NIHMS, and Europe PMC repositories. When a peer-reviewed manuscript that received funding from select government agencies is accepted, it is automatically deposited onto these repository FTP sites by the journal staff. The author will receive an e-mail message directing him or her to log into the system to complete the necessary steps. Authors remain responsible for depositing all subsequent pre- and postpublication versions of their article.… Continue reading >>

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Image Experts

As radiologists we are imaging experts. We instantly assess thousands of pixels and contours — analyzing everything from anatomy to pathology to image quality. Does this expertise in image assessment arm us with a skill set useful not only in evaluating images, but also in creating them?

I recently read a nice article in the journal of Neurosurgery titled “The Art of Medicine”. The author, Dr. Lewis Blevins Jr., shares his clinical experience through artistic expression. He is not alone. The overlap between physicians and artists for most of us begins with a copy of the Atlas of Human Continue reading >>

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“Getting Personal” with Patients at ASNR 2015

“I received more than 50 MRIs, but never got to meet my neuroradiologist. I don’t even know what he/she looks like.” Greg Cantwell, a 10-year survivor of Glioblastoma, shared his story with attendees of the 53rd annual meeting of the ASNR at one of the doctor-patient symposia, a highlight of this year’s “Getting Personal” meeting theme.  Numerous patients joined the meeting as guest speakers with stories of both good and bad healthcare experiences. Their experiences illustrated the important role Neuroradiologists play and ways that we could do better from the patient perspective.… Continue reading >>

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AJNR Tweetchat Recap – Social Media in Scientific Meetings

For April’s #AJNR Tweetchat, @AmyKotsenas from the Mayo Clinic and @AliRadmanMD from the University of California San Francisco joined us to discuss the role of social media in scientific meetings, specifically for #ASNR15.
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Differential Diagnosis in Musculoskeletal MRI

differential-dx-mskltl-mri_HollenbergHollenberg GM, Weinberg EP, Meyers SP. Differential Diagnosis in Musculoskeletal MRI. Thieme; 2015; 676 pp; $199.99

Differential Diagnosis in Musculoskeletal MRI was written with the goal of providing a simple reference book on the various pathologies encountered in a musculoskeletal radiology practice through an image-rich presentation of disease states and injuries. In this aim, the authors have succeeded, and should be applauded for the breadth of topics they were able to cover. The book is about 676 pages in length, but because the text is focused and organized into tables and the figures occupy many full pages, the volume reads … Continue reading >>

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What is a TweetUp? – The ASNR 2015 TweetUp

“TweetUp” is a blend of tweet and meetup. According to the, a TweetUp is “an organized or impromptu gathering of people that use Twitter. “ It is simply any event where people who tweet come together to meet in person. It is a great opportunity to establish real connections with the people that you have “met” on Twitter. It is the best opportunity to turn your virtual world network into a real world network.

The ASNR 2015 TweetUp will be Monday, April 27, 6:30 pm at Timothy O’Toole ‘s Pub in Chicago which is within walking … Continue reading >>

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Fellows’ Journal Club: MRI Grading versus Histology: Predicting Survival of World Health Organization Grade II–IV Astrocytomas

Please check out the accompanying podcast of this blog post (discussion of this article begins at 15:21)


Currently the management of intracranial astrocytic tumors relies heavily on histologic grade.  Although histologic grading is the current gold standard for tumor grading, it is a limited method which can be effected by both sampling error and interobserver agreement.  The heterogeneous nature of astrocytomas makes the identification of necrosis difficult histologically.  MR imaging provides important adjunct information regarding astrocytomas that may not be appreciated histologically and can potentially limit histological undergrading.

The detection of necrosis on MR imaging has significant prognostic … Continue reading >>

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Journal Scan – This Month in Other Journals, April 2015

Please check out the accompanying podcast of this blog post (also known as “Annotated Bibliography”): 1. Benarroch EE. The amygdala: Functional organization and involvement in neurologic disorders. Neurology. 2015;84(3):313–324.

This detailed review of the functional organization of the amygdala includes intrinsic and extrinsic connections, physiology and its function in humans. Examples of clinical correlations include Kluver-Bucy syndrome, lipoid proteinosis (Urbach-Wiethe disease) and a variety of other neurometabolic diseases. Kluver-Bucy is characterized by visual agnosia, oral exploration of objects, excessive visual attentiveness, and altered sexual behavior. Lipoid proteinosis is an autosomal recessive disorder with a mutations in the ‘extracellular Continue reading >>

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23rd Zurich Course on Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology

The Department of Neuroradiology of the University Hospital of Zurich is sponsoring its
23rd Zurich Course on Diagnostic and Interventional Neuroradiology on August 31 –
September 5, 2015.

The diagnostic part of the course will cover selected topics on fundamental and advanced
clinical neuroimaging of the brain, including neuroanatomy, neurooncology, neuroimmunology and neurovascular disease with emphasis on hemorrhagic and ischemic

The interventional part of the course will cover almost the entire spectrum of endovascular
interventional neuroradiology including acute ischemic stroke, intra- and extracranial
atherosclerotic disease, vascular lesions of the head and neck, hypervascular skull base
and intracranial tumors, dural … Continue reading >>

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