New MRI test advantages discovered

In two separate studies this week, evidence has accumulated suggesting that MRI tests have some real advantages in treating cardiovascular incidents. In one study, conducted by researchers at the NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, researchers concluded that MRIs are more sensitive that CT scans when it comes to emergency diagnosis of acute ischemic stroke. In a separate piece of research, meanwhile, doctors at Mount Sinai Medical Center said they'd found MRI tests could help predict who's at risk for heart attack, by detecting and measuring macrophage levels. Both sets of findings seem to rely on MRI testing's refined capacity for three-dimensional views of tissue at the molecular level.

To learn about the research:
- read this UPI piece on MRI versus CT in stroke diagnosis
- check out this article on using MRIs to predict heart attacks

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