four-hour course is intended to address recent developments in technique implementation
and clinical application of methods for evaluation of anatomic abnormalities within the
body, and functional assessment of normal physiology and various kinds of pathology.
Areas that will be presented include the development of techniques such as BOLD
imaging, fast T2-weighted sequences, and new contrast agents. Clinical
applications will focus on the liver and biliary system, kidneys and prostate, breast, and
bowel imaging. Functional emphasis will include the development of liver and breast
dynamic enhancement studies for the detection and characterization of malignancy, MR
elastography in the breast and prostate, measurements of renal function using MRI, and
recent advances in MR of the large and small bowel.
Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:
and implement recent technical advances in body MRI including BOLD and perfusion
techniques, fastT2-weighted imaging methods, and new contrast agents;
Describe recent advances in the
assessment of liver and breast for tumor, structural and functional studies of the biliary
system, and MR measurements of renal functions;
Identify applications of MR to the
evaluation of large and small bowel disease;
Compare the information provided
by MR elastography in the assessment of organ pathologies, such as in the breast and
prostate, against conventional MR imaging techniques.