Sunrise Course:
Hot Topics in Body MRI
Clinical Intensive Education Option (Tuesday & Wednesday)
Organizers: Talissa Altes, M.D., Elmar Max Merkle, M.D., and Bachir Taouli, M.D.
Tuesday - Friday, 4-7 May 2010
07:00 - 08:00

Tuesday & Wednesday: Advanced Body Diffusion Clinical Intensive Education Option
The first two days of this course will cover current knowledge on diffusion imaging applied to body imaging. Lectures will highlight basic physics and current state-of-the-art protocols and results of DWI in kidneys, prostate and female pelvis, and oncology.

Upon completion of days 1 and 2 participants should be able to:
  • Explain the physics of DWI methods in body imaging;
  • Apply DWI technique in their practice;
  • Design female pelvic and prostate MR protocols including DWI; and
  • Describe current results of DWI in oncology.
Intermediate - Advanced
Thusday: Prostate Ablation
The Friday session was organized in response to the increased interest in local ablation methods in prostate cancer used as alternate methods to surgery and radiation therapy. Available methods will be reviewed by an expert urologist, and the MR methods and results before and after ablation will be reviewed by a radiologist.

Upon completion of days 1 and 2 participants should be able to:
  • List the current available methods for local prostate ablation;
  • Describe the indications and non-indications of these methods;
  • Explain the results of these methods applied to prostate cancer; and
  • Describe the MR results before and after local ablation of prostate cancer.
Intermediate - Advanced
Friday: NSF Update
On Thursday, the course will review current information and recommendations on NSF, and the current state of the art in non-contrast protocols (excluding MRA) and their diagnostic performance, based on clinical scenarios.

Upon completion of day 3 participants should be able to:
  • Describe the current knowledge on NSF;
  • Explain current guidelines and regulations involving the use of Gadolinium contrast agents;
  • Evaluate the impact of NSF on body MR practice; and
  • Describe the results of non contrast sequences applied to body imaging.


Tuesday Advanced Body Diffusion 1  
  Moderators: Bachir Taouli, M.D., and Harriet C. Thoeny, M.D.
07:00 Advanced Diffusion Physics Applied to Body Imaging Thomas L. Chenevert, Ph.D.
07:30 Diffusion Imaging of Focal & Diffuse Renal Diseases - not available Harriet C. Thoeny, M.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
Wednesday Advanced Body Diffusion 2  
  Moderators: Dow-Mu Koh, M.D., M.R.C.P., and Harriet C. Thoeny, M.D.
07:00 Oncologic Applications of DWI (Including WBDWI) Ihab Kamel, M.D.
07:30 DWI: Applications in the Pelvis Nandita M. de Souza, M.D., F.R.C.R.
08:00 Adjournment  
Thursday Prostate Ablation  
  Moderators: Clare Allen, F.R.C.R., and Anwar R. Padhani, M.R.C.P., F.R.C.R.
07:00 Prostate Ablation Methods: Overview Hashim Uddin Ahmed, M.D.
07:30 MRI Pre- & Post-Ablation of Prostate Cancer Clare Allen, F.R.C.R.
08:00 Adjournment  
Friday NSF Update  
  Moderators: Elmar Max Merkle, M.D., and  Talissa Altes, M.D.
07:00  NSF Update & Impact on Your Practice Jeffrey C. Weinreb, M.D.
07:30 Non Contrast MRI of the Abdomen: Does It Work? Christoph J. Zech, M.D.
08:00 Adjournment  


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