Body MRI by the Experts - Weekend Portion

Skill Level: Intermediate
Caroline Reinhold, M.D., Clare Tempany, M.D., Organizers

Saturday, 19 May, Morning and Sunday, 20 May, Afternoon

With continuation on Tuesday and Wednesday


This one and a half 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, GI tract, GU tract, and breast. The pathologic conditions that are most effectively studied with MR imaging will be detailed. New applications that can currently be adapted to expand and extend a clinical practice will be emphasized throughout the session.

There will be two half-day sessions, on Saturday and Sunday, in addition to two 2-hour sessions, on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course 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 and understand the role of new contrast agents;
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;
List the indications of and describe techniques for performing MR enteroclysis;
Implement optimal technique for evaluating structural and functional abnormalities of the kidneys;
Implement and understand prostate MRI for cancer diagnosis, staging and treatment monitoring;
Optimally evaluate common disease processes of the female pelvis with MR imaging;
Describe and apply new MRI techniques for breast cancer; explain 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 to their practice;
Users involved primarily with neurological or musculoskeletal applications who need to improve their understanding of
  body (breast, abdominal and pelvic) applications.

SATURDAY, 19 MAY - Morning    
Body MRI by the Experts Part I:  Hepatobiliary    
08:30 Techniques for abdominal imaging: What's new? - not available Neil  M. Rofsky, M.D.
09:00 The difficult liver lesion:  Making a specific diagnosis in  Richard C. Semelka, M.D.
the noncirrhotic liver    
09:30 Challenges in imaging the cirrhotic liver - not available Hero K. Hussain, M.D.
10:00 Break - Meet the Teachers  
10:30 New Contrast Agents for Body MRI Matthias Taupitz, M.D.
11:00 Assessing tumor response post therapy Ihab Kamel, M.D.
11:30 Pancreas : From structure to function Diego R. Martin, M.D., Ph.D.
12:00 Update on biliary imaging Ivan Pedrosa, M.D.
12:30 Break    
12:30 - 12:45 - Meet the Teachers    
SUNDAY, 20 MAY - Afternoon    
Body MRI by the Experts Part I:  Gastrointestinal tract    
13:30 MR Enteroclysis of  inflammatory bowel disease - not available Nicholas C. Gourtsoyiannis, M.D.
14:00 Ano-rectal MRI:  Techniques and benign disease - not available Nandita M. Desouza, M.D. 
14:30 Ano-rectal MRI:  Malignant disease Koenraad Mortele, M.D.
15:00 Break - Meet the Teachers    
Body MRI by the Experts Part II:  Breast Imaging    
15:30 Optimizing your breast MRI technique Jessica Leung, M.D.
16:00 MRI criteria to diagnose breast cancer - not available Christiane K. Kuhl, M.D.
16:30 MR screening of high risk women Constance D. Lehman, M.D., Ph.D.
17:00 MR guided breast interventions Lia Bartella, MD
17:30 Adjournment    
17:30 - 17:45 - Meet the Teachers    
Continuation on Tuesday and Wednesday    
Tuesday, 22, May    
Body MRI by the Experts Part III: Prostate, Kidney and Adrenal    
10:30 MR guided prostate cancer diagnosis and therapy Clare Tempany, M.D.
11:00 Prostate carcinoma localization and nodal assessment   Masoom A. Haider, M.D.
11:30 Renal and adrenal imaging Gabriel-Paul Krestin, M.D.
12:00 Functional imaging of the kidney Stefan O. Schoenberg, M.D.
12:30 Adjournment    
Wednesday, 23 May    
Body MRI by the Experts Part IV: Female Pelvis    
10:30 Uterine malignancy Evis Sala, M.D.,Ph.D.
11:00 Benign uterine disease Caroline Reinhold, M.D.
11:30 Characterizing adnexal masses: pearls and pitfalls  Seung Hyup Kim, M.D.
12:00 Malignant adnexal masses staging and management Russel N. Low, M.D.
12:30 Adjournment