MR Interventions - a Hands-on Approach

Skill level: Basic
Kim Butts Pauly, Ph.D., Claudia Hillenbrand, Ph.D., Clare Tempany, M.D., Organizers

Saturday, 19 May

In this half-day course, basic principles of interventional MRI will be reviewed with a special focus on how to perform the intervention, and how to choose instruments and MR sequences for the given problem. Specifically, catheter devices and sequences for MR-guided vascular interventions will be discussed as well as state-of-the-art vascular procedures. In addition, MR sequences for temperature monitoring during RF and focused ultrasound ablations will be described. The typical work flow for MR-guided focused ultrasound procedures and RF ablation will be presented as well as hot topics in interventional MRI, such as navigation, applications of surgical assistance, robotics and local drug delivery under MR guidance.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
Explain how different types of interventional procedures are performed,
Recognize instruments and equipment suitable for MR guided interventions,
List pulse sequences most suited for interventional application,
Describe clinical uses for MR guided vascular interventions,
Recognize difficulties and pitfalls during interventions; and
Identify emerging interventional fields and the challenges they are facing.

Audience Description

This course is designed for:
Basic scientists and clinicians wishing to enter the field, or just better understand basic principles.
No prior experience is necessary.
13:00 Devices for vascular interventions  Greig C. Scott, Ph.D.
13:30 MR guided vascular interventions Frank K. Wacker, M.D.
14:00 MR Thermometry and how to use it in thermal therapies Nathan J. McDannold, Ph.D.
14:30 Focused Ultrasound: how to use it in clinical applications - not available Yael Inbar, M.D.
15:00 Break - Meet the Teachers    
15:30 MR guided prostate interventions Cynthia Menard, M.D.
16:00 Navigational aids for MR image guided interventions Nobuhiko Hata, Ph.D
16:30 Local Drug Delivery  Chrit T. Moonen, Ph.D.
17:00 Adjournment    
17:00 - 17:15 - Meet the Teachers