Advanced Body Imaging
Caroline Reinhold, Clare Tempany, Organizers
Saturday, 6 May, 08:30 - 18:15


This one-day course will review the development of technical protocols for performing body MRI for a variety of indications. A rationale for the selection of appropriate pulse sequences will be provided, including the specific details pertinent to the evaluation of conditions affecting the liver, pancreas, biliary tree, anorectal region, breast, and pelvis. The pathologic conditions that are most effectively studied with MR imaging will be detailed. Throughout the session, new applications that can currently be adapted to expand and extend a clinical practice will be emphasized.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this session participants should be able to:
• Evaluate and recommend pulse sequence strategies that will optimize body MR imaging;
• Evaluate new pulse sequences based on existing knowledge of MRI techniques, allowing continuous improvement of body MRI protocols;
• Describe cost-effective indications for MR imaging throughout the body;
• Incorporate into their practices recent developments for MR imaging of the liver pre- and post-therapy, MR imaging of the pancreas   and biliary tree, including MR cholangiopancreatography;
• Describe the normal anatomy of the anorectal region and be able to describe the indications and imaging findings of common disease processes;
• Implement and understand prostate MRI for cancer diagnosis, staging and treatment monitoring;
• Evaluate optimally common disease processes of the female pelvis with MR imaging; and
• Apply new MRI techniques for breast cancer, and understand MR-guided interventions in the breast.

Audience Description:
This course is designed for physicians involved in supervising and interpreting clinical MRI; specialists in body MRI who seek to incorporate new innovative applications into their practice; and users involved primarily with neurological or musculoskeletal applications who need to improve their understanding of body (breast, abdominal and pelvic) applications.

08:30 Approach to Diagnosis of the Difficult Liver Lesion with MRI Richard C. Semelka, M.D.
09:00 Liver Specific Contrast Agents: An Update GŁnther K. Schneider, M.D., Ph.D.
09:30 Assessing Tumour Response in Liver Therapy Ihab Kamel, M.D.  
10:00 Break - Meet the Teachers      
10:30 Pancreas: From Structure to Function Koenraad Mortele, M.D.
11:00 MRCP and MRI in the Evaluation of Bile Duct Obstruction - not available Caroline Reinhold, M.D.
11:30 MRI of Ano-Rectal Diseases Jaap Stoker, M.D.  
12:00 MRI of Prostate Cancer: Diagnosis, Staging, and Treatment  Clare Tempany, M.D.  
12:30 Lunch      
12:30 - 12:45 - Meet the Teachers      
14:00 The Role of MRI in Evaluating Benign Uterine Disease Deborah Levine, M.D.
14:30 Diagnosing, Staging and Stratifying Patients with Malignant  Hedvig Hricak, M.D., Ph.D.
Uterine Disease      
15:00 Characterizing Adnexal Masses: Pearls and Pitfalls Evan S. Siegelman, M.D.
15:30 Break - Meet the Teachers      
16:00 Optimizing Your Breast MRI Technique Nola Hylton, Ph.D.  
16:30 MRI Criteria to Diagnose Breast Cancer  Christiane K. Kuhl, M.D.
17:00 MRI Screening of High Risk Women Constance D. Lehman, Ph.D.
17:30 MR Guided Breast Interventions Elizabeth A. Morris, M.D.
18:00 - 18:15 - Meet the Teachers