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

Advanced Neuroimaging 1: Brain & Spinal Cord
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced
ORGANIZERS: Olga Ciccarelli, Ph.D., Pratik Mukherjee, M.D., Ph.D. & Jay J. Pillai, M.D.
Saturday, 20 April 2013
This session is designed to teach the audience about new advances in MR imaging for presurgical brain mapping as well as for spinal cord imaging. Dr. Stippich will provide an overview of current standards for using task activation BOLD fMRI for preoperative cortical mapping. Dr. Shimony will cover the new technique of resting state fMRI functional connectivity for presurgical brain mapping. Dr. O'Donnell will provide an overview of technical considerations important for performing accurate presurgical white matter mapping using diffusion tractography. Dr. Nimsky will focus on the use of diffusion tractography for preoperative planning and intraoperative neuro-navigation. Dr. Berman will review the advantages and disadvantages of DTI vs. HARDI for presurgical white matter mapping. Dr. Bizzi will emphasize preoperative mapping of white matter tracts important for language function using diffusion tractography. Drs. Cohen-Adad and Sigmund will cover new advances in ultra-high field (7T) MRI of the spinal cord as well as spinal cord diffusion MRI. Dr. Stroman will review functional MRI of the spinal cord. Dr. Reich will focus on applications of diffusion MRI to the study of the spinal cord in multiple sclerosis. Dr. Farrell will show how new MR technologies can help with unmet clinical needs in spinal cord imaging. Dr. Bhagavatheeshwaran will review structural MR imaging of the spinal cord, especially as applied to clinical disorders causing cord atrophy.
MD's and PhD's with an interest in the latest advances in MR imaging applied to presurgical brain mapping, including fMRI activation and connectivity for cortical mapping and diffusion tractography for white matter mapping. Also, MD's and PhD's with an interest in recent progress for spinal cord MR imaging, including structural MRI, diffusion MRI and functional MRI.

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

  • Evaluate the use of BOLD fMRI task activation and functional connectivity for presurgical planning in neurosurgery;
  • Compare different methods for diffusion tractography in presurgical white matter mapping; and
  • Appraise new advances in MR imaging of the spinal cord for clinical applications including multiple sclerosis.


Morning Moderator: Jay J. Pillai, M.D.

      Presurgical Brain Mapping 1  
09:00 Task-Based BOLD fMRI for Presurgical Brain Mapping Christoph Stippich, M.D.
09:30 Resting State Functional Connectivity fMRI for Presurgical Brain Mapping Joshua S. Shimony, M.D., Ph.D.
10:00   Diffusion Tractography: Technical Considerations for White Matter Mapping - video not available Lauren J. O'Donnell, Ph.D.
10:30     Break - Meet the Teachers  
      Presurgical Brain Mapping 2  
11:00 Intraoperative DTI White Matter Mapping: Neurosurgical Perspective Christopher Nimsky, M.D., Ph.D.
11:30 DTI vs. HARDI for Presurgical Fiber Tracking of the Motor Pathways Jeffrey I. Berman, Ph.D.
12:00 Clinical Value of Mapping the Language Network with MR Diffusion Tractography Alberto Bizzi, M.D.
12:30     Break  
      12:30-12:45 Meet the Teachers  

Afternoon Moderator: Olga Ciccarelli, Ph.D.

      Spinal Cord Imaging 1  
13:30 Spinal Cord Imaging: Diffusion & Ultra-High Field Julien Cohen-Adad, Ph.D.
14:00 7T & Diffusion Imaging of the Cervical Spinal Cord Eric E. Sigmund, Ph.D.
14:30 Functional MR Imaging of the Spinal Cord Patrick W. Stroman, Ph.D.
15:00     Break - Meet the Teachers  
      Spinal Cord Imaging 2  
15:30   Spinal Cord DTI: Applications to Multiple Sclerosis -permission withheld Daniel S. Reich, M.D., Ph.D.
16:00 Clinical Spinal Cord Imaging: Connecting Emerging MRI Technologies to Unmet Clinical Needs Jonathan A. D. Farrell, Ph.D.
16:30 Imaging Correlates of Spinal Cord Atrophy Govind Nair, Ph.D.
17:00     Adjournment  
      17:00-17:15 Meet the Teachers