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Functional Body MRI: From Morphology to Function
Riccardo Manfredi, M.D., and Carlo Bartolozzi, M.D., Organizers

Last updated 05 May 2009

Course Description
This four-hour course will cover the development of technical protocols for performing body MRI for comprehensive or focused diagnosis.  The course will also cover the application of the new technical developments and pulse sequences in giving functional information on different organs from morphological data.  The appropriate pulse sequences and protocols will be analyzed for the liver-biliary ducts-pancreas, kidneys, uterus, bowel, breast, and the possibility to employ MR imaging in screening the whole body of oncologic patients as a primary method.
Audience Description:
This course is designed for physicians involved in interpreting and supervising clinical body MRI; MR specialists who want to incorporate new, innovative applications; MRI scientists and physicians with an interest in acquiring the skills necessary to use MR imaging in the diagnosis of various diseases and in gathering data on the function of different organs.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

Evaluate new pulse sequences based on knowledge of current MR technique, allowing continuous improvement of body MR images;
Incorporate recent developments for MR imaging such as MRCP for the pancreas and biliary tract, and MR diffusion and perfusion techniques for the kidneys;
Apply new contrast agents in different hepatic diseases;
Evaluate the possibility of MR imaging in bowel imaging and in screening oncologic patients for metastatic disease;
Achieve functional information reflecting physiologic processes.


Tuesday, 18 May
07:00 Perfusion and Diffusion Techniques in Body Imaging Joseph C. McGowan
07:30 Body Imaging at 3T Kimberly Amrami
Wednesday, 19 May
07:00 Liver and Liver-Specific Contrast Agents Thomas Helmberger
07:30 Biliary and Pancreatic Ducts Alice Gillams
Thursday, 20 May
07:00 Kidneys David L. Buckley
07:20 Uterus/Female Pelvis Kaori Togashi
07:40 Whole Body MRI Thomas Lauenstein
Friday, 21 May
07:00 Bowel David J. Lomas
07:30 Breast Francesco Sardanelli