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Conventional autopsies are highly specialised surgical procedures to determine the cause of death, but can advances in medical imaging techniques allow coroners to accurately assess the recently deceased without having to cut up a cadaver? Medical Imaging Technology investigates with Professor Guy Rutty of University of Leicester's forensic pathology unit.

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Medical imaging techniques could be used to predict the effectiveness of antibiotic drug regimens being tested to treat tuberculosis patients, according to researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Clifton Barry, chief, Tuberculosis Research Section, LCID, explains how his team is using PET and CT scans to look into the body of people participating in drug trials to see whether a particular treatment is working against the infection.

MRITop

Is obesity a brain disease? Serotonin-mediated mechanisms are thought to have an effect on food intake and play an important role in the pathophysiology of obesity. But what does the MRI evidence show? Professor Swen Hesse from the University of Leipzig in Germany brings us up to speed.

A research team has determined the location where memories are generated in the brain using a particularly accurate type of MRI. The results could have implications for acquiring a better understanding of the effects of Alzheimer's disease. We find out more with Professor Emrah Duzel, director of the Institute of Cognitive Neurology and Dementia Research at the University of Magdeburg in Germany.

X-rayTop

It's long been realised that astronauts lose bone mass in space but studying the process is difficult. The International Space Station has acquired its first medical X-ray machine to examine on-board lab animals, but how can you make such a machine work in space? We talk to Eugene Boland, chief scientist, Techshot, about overcoming the technical challenges and the increasing importance of monitoring this biological occurrence.

Osteoporosis is becoming an increasingly important public health issue and consequently imaging is critical in identifying individuals at risk of fractures. We explore the latest imaging methods with Thomas Link, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California, and Professor Judith Adams, Consultant and Honorary Professor of Diagnostic Radiology at University of Manchester, UK.

MammographyTop

More women are learning that their breasts are so dense that it's more difficult for mammograms to spot cancer, but new research suggests automatically giving them an extra test isn't necessarily the solution. Which methods are best? We talk to Dr Karla Kerlikowske of the University of California, and Regina Hooley, M.D., an assistant professor of diagnostic radiology at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Dose management Top

We chat to Dr Colin Martin, head of the Health Physics Division within NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, about tools and techniques for better management of patient dose in radiology.

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