Advanced Neuroimaging 1
ORGANIZERS: Nadine J. Girard, M.D., Rakesh K. Gupta, M.D., Robia G. Pautler, Ph.D. & Maria A. Rocca, M.D.
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate-Advanced
Saturday, 5 May 2012

In this one-day course, speakers will be both physicians and physicists. The topics to be covered are:
Ultra-high field MRI (7T and above) patient safety, RF considerations, portability of imaging protocols and clinical applications;
Neuromodulation electrical, pharmacological and exercise driven;
Spinal cord imaging methods optimization, advanced techniques, post-processing and quantification; and
Analysis methods quantification and standardization (focus on quantitative fMRI, quantitative iron deposition and clinical morphometry).
The overall goal is to familiarize physicians, physicists and technologists with advanced d MR methods. The format will be didactic sessions with time allotted for discussion.
Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:
Explain the advantages and disadvantages, and foresee specific clinical application of ultra-high field MRI;
Describe the state of knowledge regarding neuromodulation by electrical, pharmacological and exercise driven interventions;
Describe recent advances in spinal cord imaging methods of acquisition and analysis, and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages;
Explain the principles of different quantitative MRI methods and the strategies for their standardization; and
Evaluate different methods of performing MR morphometry, and their potential application and validity in the clinical setting.
This course is designed for neuroradiologists, pediatric radiologists, general radiologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, MR technologists, physicists and engineers associated with neuroimaging. It should be of interest to physicians, physicists and basic scientists.


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  Moderators: Marco Essig, M.D., Ph.D. & Nadine J. Girard, M.D.
  Ultra-High Field MRI 7T & Above  
08:30 What is Possible? Mark E. Ladd, Ph.D.
09:05 Specific Clinical Applications Siegfried Trattnig, M.D.
09:40 Safety & Challenges Steffen Sammet, M.D., Ph.D.
10:15 Break - Meet the Teachers  
10:30 Electrical Maxime Guye, M.D., Ph.D.
11:05 Pharmacological Robert L. Janiczek, Ph.D.
11:40 Exercise Driven - The Will to Change Maria A. Rocca, M.D.
12:15 Break  
  12:15-12:30 Meet the Teachers  
  Moderators: Rakesh K. Gupta, M.D. & Maria A. Rocca, M.D.
  Spinal Cord Imaging Methods  
13:45 Optimization  Kei Yamada, M.D.
14:20 Advanced Techniques Seth A. Smith, Ph.D.
14:55 Post-Processing & Quantification Ponnada A. Narayana, Ph.D.
15:30 Break - Meet the Teachers  
  Analysis Methods - Quantification & Standardization  
15:45 Quantitative fMRI Peter van Zijl, Ph.D.
16:20 Quantitative Measurements of Iron E. Mark Haacke, Ph.D.
16:55 Clinical Morphometry Graeme D. Jackson, M.D., F.R.A.C.P.
17:30 Adjournment  
  17:30-17:45 Meet the Teachers