Weekday Educational Course:
The Use of Intravenous Contrast in MRI
Organizers: Marco Essig, M.D., Ph.D. and Pia C. Maly Sundgren, M.D., Ph.D.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Wednesday, 22 April 2009

The first hour of this two hour course will cover MR contrast media, and will include;
  • Suggestions on which dosages to use depending on the clinical question, and where the new contrast agencies can be useful;
  • The use of contrast media dosages at high field, especially current contrast media, which dosages to give and differences in the use of contrast media when working with high field; and
  • NSF and the use of contrast media: an overview of present knowledge, clinical applications, and appropriate guidelines.

The second hour will include:
  • Use of contrast media in pregnant women and infants;
  • Alternative sequences when contrast media cannot be used;
  • Whether there is a real need for contrast media in most clinical questions in infants, with special attention to neuroimaging; and
  • What are the alternatives when contrast cannot be used for different reasons?
Upon completion of this case based session, participants should be able to:
  • Explain NSF and its consequences in relation to contrast media;
  • Describe overall current and future use contrast media;
  • Describe the differences in use of contrast media at high field;
  • Recognize the limited need for contrast media in neuro MR imaging of infants;
  • Recognize the challenges, limitations, and pitfalls of current imaging techniques with respect to the use of contrast media; and
  • Discuss present and future potential MR imaging techniques that can be used as alternatives when contrast media cannot be used.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009
13:30 What is New in Contrast-Enhanced MRI?   Marco Essig, M.D., Ph.D.
13:55 Contrast at High Field   Michael V. Knopp, M.D., Ph.D.
14:20 The Use of High-Dosage Contrast in the Era of NSF   Ruth C. Carlos, M.D.
14:45 Is There a Need for Use of Contrast in the Pregnant Mother and in Small Children?   Pia C. Maly Sundgren, M.D., Ph.D.
15:10 Use of Contrast Agents in Functional Imaging Techniques: Perfusion or Dynamic Contrast-Enhanced MRI vs Non-Enhanced Techniques   Xavier G. Golay, Ph.D.
15:30 Adjournment