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MR Spectroscopy: Basics and Clinical Applications
Roland Kreis, Ph.D., and Daniel M. Spielman, Ph.D., Organizers
Saturday, 15 May 2004, 08:30 - 18:00

ast updated 20 February 2009

Course Description
This 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.
Audience Description:
This course is designed for clinicians, radiologists, technologists, students and basic scientists interested in the clinical application of MR spectroscopy.  Both beginners and continuing users will find it helpful.
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 Discussion
10:15 Meet the Teacher Break
10:45 Detectable Metabolites and Their Significance Robert J. Gillies
11:15 Data Processing + Fitting Andrew A. Maudsley
11:45 Quantification + Artifacts in Clinical MRS Roland Kreis
12:15 Discussion
12:30 Meet the Teacher Break
13:45 Clinical MRS: Tumors and Masses in the Brain Franklyn A. Howe
14:15 Clinical MRS: Tumors and Masses in the Prostate and Breast John Kurhanewicz
14:45 Clinical MRS: MS and Inflammation David H. Miller
15:15 Discussion
15:30 Meet the Teacher Break
16:00 Clinical MRS: Stroke and Hypoxia Peter B. Barker
16:30 Clinical MRS: Epilepsy Kenneth D. Laxer
17:00 Clinical MRS: Psychiatry Perry F. Renshaw
17:30 Discussion
17:45 Meet the Teacher
18:00 Adjournment