Advanced MR Brain Imaging

Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced
Alberto Bizzi, M.D., and Micheal D. Phillips, M.D., Organizers

Sunday, 20 May


The one-day course will provide a comprehensive overview of advanced brain MR imaging techiques including high field imaging, high resolution cortical imaging, image analysis, parallel imaging, diffusion tensor imaging and fibertracking, functional MRI and functional connectivity. It intends to broaden attendees’ knowledge of state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
• Describe and define the basic concepts, physics and analysis of parallel, volumetric, perfusion, diffusion and functional MR imaging of the brain;
• Recognize the technical requirements and potential pitfalls of advanced MR techniques such as parallel imaging, diffusion tensor imaging,
  perfusion imaging and functional MRI;
• List the strengths and weaknesses of individual advanced brain imaging techniques and compare relative merits of different approaches.
  For example, participants should be able to compare the relative merits of susceptibility-based and arterial spin labeling methods
  for perfusion imaging;
• Recognize physiological MR parameter changes occurring with brain development and aging;
• Select and identify patient management conditions in which advanced MR techniques are clinically useful and appropriate;
  further, participants should be
  able to select the best technique for individual clinical conditions;
• Describe the practical nuts and bolts required to apply these methods in clinical practice or clinical research; and
• Explain the benefits and drawbacks of imaging at very high field strengths such as 3 Tesla and 7 Tesla.

Audience Description

This course is designed for:
Neuroradiologists, neuroimaging physicians including neurologists, neurosurgeons and psychiatrists, neuroscientists, physicists
  and biomedical engineers who are interested in broadening their understanding of the principles and applications of advanced
  brain MR imaging.
The level of the course is intermediate; it is designed for participants with a basic to intermediate knowledge of the topics involved.
08:00   Present and Future of Brain Tumor Imaging Soonmee Cha, M.D.
08:30   Diffusion/Perfusion MRI vs CT/CT Perfusion in Acute Stroke Triage Michael Brant-Zawadzki, M.D.
09:00   MRI and Neuropathology Correlations in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Nadia Colombo, M.D.
09:30   Using MRI to Find Genes for Metabolic Diseases - not available Marjo S. van der Knaap, MD, Ph.D.
10:00   Break - Meet the teachers  
10:30   Advanced imaging of the spine at 3 Tesla Elias R. Melhem, M.D., Ph.D.
11:00   Surgical Planning in Tumors with fMRI and DTI Stefan Sunaert, MD, Ph.D.
11:30   fMRI of Neurodegenerative Disorders Frederik Barkhof, M.D., Ph.D.
12:00   Brain Volumetrics of Aging Marco Bozzali, M.D.
12:30   Break  
    12:30 - 12:45 - Meet the teachers  
  Diffusion Tensor Imaging  
14:00   DTI: Concepts, Quantification and Quality Issues Derek K. Jones, Ph.D.
14:30   DTI of Brain Development Petra S. Hüppi, M.D.
15:00   Fiber Tracking: Concepts and Applications Aaron S. Field, M.D., Ph.D.
15:30   Break - Meet the teachers  
  Challenges at Higher Field  
16:00   Cytoarchitectonic Mapping of the Human Cerebral Cortex Katrin Amunts, M.D., Ph.D.
16:30   Parallel Imaging: Concepts and Brain Applications Lawrence L. Wald, Ph.D.
17:00   Brain Imaging Challenges at 7T Kamil Ugurbil, Ph.D.
17:30   Adjournment  
    17:30 - 17:45 - Meet the teachers