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New Horizons in Musculoskeletal MRI: Optimizing MR Imaging with Current Technology
Joshua M. Farber, M.D., and Lawrence M. White, M.D., Organizers

Last updated 05 May 2009

Course Description:
This four-hour course will focus on applying current MR technology to imaging the musculoskeletal system.  State-of-the-art techniques will be reviewed, and their applications to MR musculoskeletal imaging will be demonstrated.  Optimizing protocols with the latest technology will be discussed.  The discussions will deal with high and low field systems.  Articular cartilage imaging, fat suppression and saturation, fast imaging, spatial resolution and signal to noise will be addressed, and these and other issues will be considered as they apply to clinical protocols.
Audience Description:
This course is designed for those with an interest in MRI and musculoskeletal radiology.  On the clinical side, the course will be useful to people with a focus on how current technology can be used to image patients with musculoskeletal disorders.  Primarily, these people include academic musculoskeletal radiologists and radiologists who specialize in musculoskeletal imaging in private practice.  In addition, because of the chronic shortage of musculoskeletal radiologists world wide, the target audience includes physicians without formal musculoskeletal or MR training who attend the course to learn about new MR applications and protocols.  The course is also aimed at physicists who interface, for either research or clinical purposes, with musculoskeletal radiologists.

Educational Objectives:
At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

Describe MR techniques for imaging cartilage at various field strengths and understand the clinical role of MRI in the evaluation of articular cartilage disorders;
Assess the musculoskeletal system using high and low field MR systems;
Explain use of fat suppression MRI techniques in the musculoskeletal system;
Explain and use fast scanning MRI techniques in the musculoskeletal system;
Understand high resolution MR imaging and its trade-off with signal to noise, and apply this knowledge to imaging the musculoskeletal system;
Describe the rationale of protocol approaches and apply this understanding to optimize MRI clinical protocols.


Tuesday, 18 May
07:00 MRI of Cartilage - Technical Considerations Timothy J. Mosher
07:25 MRI of Cartilage - Clinical Applications and Imaging Evaluation Carl S. Winalski
07:50 Discussion
Wednesday, 19 May
07:00 Fat Suppression Techniques in Musculoskeletal MRI John A. Carrino
07:25 Fast Imaging Techniques in Musculoskeletal MRI Joshua M. Farber
07:50 Discussion
Thursday, 20 May
07:00 High Field MRI of the Musculoskeletal System: Techniques, Protocol Optimization and Clinical Applications Johannes Bloem
07:25 Mid-Low Field MRI of the Musculoskeletal System: Techniques, Protocol Optimization and Clinical Applications Hiroshi Yoshioka
07:50 Discussion
Friday, 21 May
07:00 Spatial Resolution and SNR Considerations in MRI of the Musculoskeletal System Garry E. Gold
07:25 Optimizing Clinical Protocols in MRI of the Musculoskeletal System William B. Morrison
07:50 Discussion