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SMRT/ISMRM Forum: Imaging of the Mother, Fetus and Newborn
Jeffrey L. Duerk, Bobbi Lewis, Organizers

Monday, 8 May 2006, 14:00 - 16:00
Last updated 31 July 2008

This two-hour forum will consist of an overview of the technical and clinical aspects of performing MRI on the expectant mother, fetus and newborn child. Technologists, radiologists and basic scientists will be the educators who will address the practical challenges faced. Also addressed will be the clinical applications in the fetus, neonate and mother and where MRI can replace other higher-risk modalities, or what role MRI plays in assessing clinical status. Each presentation will focus on the “how to” of optimizing the technical aspects of the exam as well as reviewing the most pertinent clinical applications.

Educational Objectives:
• Recognize basic normal and abnormal fetal or neonatal anatomy;
• Explain issues related to patient preparation, anesthesia and patient handling in order to safely and efficiently expedite neonatal imaging studies;
• Optimize pulse sequence parameters and effectively utilize hardware peripherals in order to perform mother/fetus/neonate MRI;
• Evaluate whether prenatal MRI can supplement or supplant another diagnostic examination.


Monday, 8 May 14:00 - 16:00
14:00 Technical Aspects of Scanning the Pregnant Mother:
A Technologist's Overview and Perspective
Norman T. Farrar, AS, BS
14:30 Fetal MR - Including the CNS (general techniques and uses
with some specific discussion of CNS)
Deborah Levine, MD
15:00 Imaging the Neonatal Brain: Specific Pathologies - Specific
Imaging Protocols
Mary Rutherford, MD
15:30 Imaging the Pediatric Patient: Specific Pathologies - Specific
Imaging Protocols
Pek-Lan Khong, MD, FRCR
16:00 Adjournment