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

Everything You Wanted to Know about MR-PET
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced
ORGANIZERS: Roland Bammer, Ph.D. & Marco Essig, M.D., Ph.D.
Sunday, 21 April 2013
This half-day weekend course will first introduce MR scientists and clinicians to the exciting field of Positron Emission Tomography (PET). Specifically, hardware requirements, PET image reconstruction and PET-tracer production will be discussed. Thereafter, attendees will learn how to integrate a PET ring inside an MRI machine, its mutual challenges, and what needs to be done to hardware and reconstruction software to make both systems work independently and without interference. The second half of this course will focus on opportunities of MR-PET in drug research and clinical applications in oncology, neurology and the neurosciences, body imaging and cardio-pulmonary imaging.
Research scientists and clinicians including trainees who either conduct research in hybrid imaging or (plan to) use MR-PET for clinical studies. The course assumes no background in PET and only basic MR physics and technical knowledge.

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

  • Assess the key components of a PET system and PET image reconstruction;
  • Prepare for the challenges for operating both PET and MRI simultaneously;
  • Describe the basic radiochemistry principles and common PET tracers;
  • Assess logistical limitations and new opportunities with a combined PET-MR system; and
  • Evaluate current and future uses of PET-MR in the clinics and research.


Moderators: Roland Bammer, Ph.D. & Marco Essig, M.D., Ph.D.

08:00 PET-Instrumentation 101 William W. Moses, Ph.D.
08:20   PET-Reconstruction 101 Richard M. Leahy, Ph.D.
08:40 Tracer 101 Frederick T. Chin, Ph.D.
09:00 PET-MR Hardware 101 Craig Levin, Ph.D.
09:20   PET-MR Reconstruction Georges El Fakhri, Ph.D.
09:40   PET-MR Logistic Challenges & Opportunities N. Jon Shah, Ph.D.
10:00     Break - Meet the Teachers  
10:20   PET-MR in Drug Research -permission withheld Alexander J. S. de Crespigny, Ph.D.
10:40 PET-MR in Oncology Nina F. Schwenzer, M.D.
11:00 PET-MR in Neuro Ciprian Catana, M.D., Ph.D.
11:20 Body PET-MR Alexander S. R. Guimaraes, M.D., Ph.D.
11:40 Cardio-Pulmonary MR-PET Ron Blankstein, M.D.
12:00     Adjournment  
      12:00-12:15 Meet the Teachers