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Editor's e-Note
MRI helps physicians better understand all sorts of medical conditions, even when those conditions seem mysterious at first glance. In this month’s newsletter, we’re sharing some MRI news that highlights the modality’s ability to illuminate subtle biological variations.

Although MRI can’t provide all of the answers, it often opens provocative avenues for exploration, as you’ll read below. Let us know on Twitter and/or Facebook what you think about these cases.

— Dave Yeager, editor
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MRI News

MRI Shows Brain Alterations in Personnel Who Developed Neurological Symptoms in Cuba

Brain imaging of 40 US government personnel who experienced a host of neurological symptoms after possible exposure from an unknown source while serving in Cuba revealed significant differences in brain tissue and connectivity when compared with healthy individuals, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. The findings were published in JAMA.

“The areas implicated in the patients’ brains, namely the cerebellum as well as the visuospatial and auditory networks, align with the neurological symptoms that were observed in the patients,” says lead author Ragini Verma, PhD, a professor of radiology and head of the DiCIPHR (Diffusion and Connectomics in Precision Healthcare Research) imaging lab at Penn. “These differences persisted even when people with some history of brain injury were excluded from the analysis.”

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