Imaging CNS Autoimmune Diseases

Organizers: John D. Port, M.D., Ph.D., Mark A. van Buchem, M.D., Ph.D.
Skill Level: Basic

Wednesday, 7 May 2008


In this two-hour course, each speaker will provide a broad overview as well as focus on the use of MRI to diagnose and monitor treatment in patients with CNS autoimmune diseases. Four immunologially-mediated diseases with CNS manifestations will be discussed: auto-immune vasculidities, such as systemic lupus erythematosus; auto-immune leukoencephalopathies, such as multiple sclerosis, acute demyelinating encephalomyelitis, and subacute sclerosing panenecphalitis; sarcoidosis; and paraneoplastic syndrome.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the common autoimmune etiologies and pathogenesis of these diverse and clinically challenging disease entities;
  • List the different imaging findings present for each entity;
  • Recognize the challenges, limitations, and pitfalls of current imaging techniques with respect to these diverse disease entities; and
  • Discuss future potential MR imaging techniques for the diagnosis of these entities.
  • Audience Description:

    The clinical categorical courses are designed for clinical radiologists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, cardiologists, oncologists, practicing clinicians and scientists, from beginning to advanced experience levels working in MR.

    10:30 State-of-the-Art Imaging of the Autoimmune Vasculidities Pia C. Maly Sundgren, M.D., Ph.D.
    10:55 Primary Demyelinating Diseases Vincent Dousset, M.D.
    11:20 State-of-the-Art Imaging of Neurosarcoidosis J. Keith Smith, M.D., Ph.D.
    11:45 Paraneoplastic Diseases of the Brain Marco Essig, M.D., Ph.D.
    12:10 Discussion  
    12:30 Adjournment