ISMRM 21st Annual Meeting & Exhibition 20-26 April 2013 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Emerging Technologies for Clinical Neuroimaging
SKILL LEVEL: Basic to Intermediate
ORGANIZER: Kamil Uludag, Ph.D.
Wednesday, 24 April 2013
This course presents novel MRI approaches which have to potential to alter clinical practice and research. Arterial Spin Labeling and DCE Perfusion are MRI methods to assess absolute cerebral blood flow and micro vessel permeability, respectively. Thus, they are alternatives to standard dynamic susceptibility contrast-enhanced (DSC) methods to determine perfusion parameters in the human brain. In the two other talks, the impact of ultra high-field MRI on examining Neuroanatomy and imaging x-nuclei will be discussed (31P, 23Na, 13Na). High-resolution neuroanatomy at 7 Tesla and higher reveal unprecedented anatomic contrast in the cortex and subcortical structures allowing, for example, targeting of small nuclei in the thalamus and brainstem for neurosurgical purposes. In addition, 7 Tesla and higher provide sufficient SNR to detect signal from x-nuclei with high spatial resolution to assess the status of brain physiology.
This course is designed for neuroradiologists, neurologists, neurosurgeons, MR technologists, physicists and engineers associated with neuroimaging. Clinical experience will be helpful.

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

  • Apply arterial spin labeling MRI to measure cerebral blood flow in clinical populations;
  • Utilize Ultra-High field MRI (7 Tesla and beyond) to assess brain anatomical fine structures;
  • Utilize Ultra-High field MRI (7 Tesla and beyond) to measure x-nuclei (in particular 23Na and 17O); and
  • Use DCE Perfusion to measure cerebral blood flow in clinical populations.


Moderators: Noam Harel, Ph.D. & Kamil Uludag, Ph.D.

16:00 Arterial Spin Labeling: Where's the Label Now? David C. Alsop, Ph.D.
16:30 Ultra-High Field MR: High-Resolution Neuroanatomy Mark A. van Buchem, M.D., Ph.D.
17:00 Ultra-High Field MR: Multi-Nuclear Imaging Ian C. Atkinson, Ph.D.
17:30 DCE Perfusion Daniel P. Barboriak, M.D.
18:00     Adjournment