MR Spectroscopy: Basics and Clinical Applications
Roland Kreis, Ph.D., and Daniel M. Spielman, Ph.D., Organizers
Thursday, 10 July 2003, 08:30 - 18:00

ast updated 05 May 2009

Course Description
This seven-and-one-quarter hour course is the first of two courses on in vivo MR spectroscopy.  It will cover the basics and clinical aspects of MRS, with main technical emphasis on the basics of MRS, data acquisition, processing and evaluation, including quality analysis, followed by overviews and updates of the main clinical applications.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:
 Describe fundamental principles of clinical MR spectroscopy;
Explain the crucial steps in performing and evaluating a MRS examination;
Enumerate potential pitfalls in the clinical application of MR spectroscopy;
Define diagnostic and patient management situations in which there is a clinically significant justification for a MRS examination;
Summarize recent clinical uses of in vivo MRS.

The final five minutes of each presentation will be reserved for questions.

Introduction and Methodology
08:30 Basics of MRS Chris Boesch
09:00 Localization Techniques Markus von Kienlin
09:30 Prescan and Shimming Daniel M. Spielman
10:00 Detectable Metabolites and Their Significance Ognen A.C. Petroff
10:30 Break
10:50 Data Processing + Fitting Brian J. Soher
11:20 Quantitation + Artifacts in Clinical MRS Roland Kreis
11:50 Discussion
12:00 Break
13:30 Tumors and Masses: Brain Franklyn A. Howe
14:00 Tumors and Masses: Prostate and Breast John Kurhanewicz
14:30 Clinical MRS: MS and Inflammation David H. Miller
15:00 Clinical MRS: Epilepsy Kenneth D. Laxer
15:30 Break
15:50 Clinical MRS: Psychiatry Perry F. Renshaw
16:20 Clinical MRS: Pediatrics Petra Pouwels
16:50 Clinical MRS: Ischemia, Hypoxia, Mitochondrial Disease Paul A. Matthews
17:20 Clinical 31P MRS Douglas L. Arnold
17:50 Discussion
18:00 Adjournment