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MRIs and Stem-Cell Tracking: Making Leaps and Bounds

“Intravenous iron can be used to safely and efficiently label stem cell transplants for tracking with MR Imaging in arthritic joints and other target tissues.” What does this mean?

The stem cells being used here are called bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells, or MSCs. They are highly effective in tissue regeneration and cell-based therapy, meaning they can repair damage on joints through the connective tissue, bone, and cartilage.

So what’s the problem?

Stem cells often die or disappear after being transplanted to the recipient.

However, this new iron is a way to highlight and track these cells to make sure everything’s going well in […]

2018-08-01T17:09:36+00:00January 10th, 2014|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Breast Density Notification Laws

“The California law mandates written notification to women, after screening mammography, of their tissue density and the need to discuss screening options with their primary care physicians.” When about 50% of women who have a screening have dense breasts, it’s certainly important to understand how that affects the results of that screening.

Most women respond with: “What do I do now?” or “Does this mean that I am likely to get breast cancer?” The answers, respectively, are: talk with your doctor, and no. The whole idea behind offering patients this information is to start the discussion to create an individualized plan […]