Case Based Teaching Course:
fMRI & DTI in Clinical Practice
Organizers: Nicola De Stefano, M.D., Ph.D., and Micheal D. Phillips, M.D.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Wednesday, 22 April 2009
16:00 - 18:00

In this two hour interactive course, the first speaker will provide a broad overview on how to use fMRI and DTI for clinical assessments of single cases (“What to know to do it well”). The second speaker will focus on the limitations of using this approach to make clinical decisions (“Limitations”). Emphasis will be on how-to perform studies in the clinical environment, pointing out aspects such as technical procedures, experimental protocols and patient cooperation. Quality assurance procedure will be described.
Upon completion of this case based session, participants should be able to:
  • Describe the main applications of fMRI and DTI on clinical grounds;
  • Describe the technical requirements necessary for implementing robust, accurate and repeatable clinical advanced fMRI/DTI studies in patients with neurological diseases;
  • Implement appropriate fMRI/DTI protocols for clinical assessment of single cases;
  • Recognize challenges, limitations and pitfalls of performing advanced fMRI/DTI protocols to answer clinical questions in neurological patients; and
  • Implement Quality Assurance procedures necessary to run reliable and successful fMRI/DTI protocols in clinic.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009
16:00 What to Know to Do It Well? John L. Ulmer, M.D.
16:45 Questions  
17:00 Limitations Andreas Bartsch, M.D.
17:45 Questions  
18:00  Adjournment