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

Advanced Diffusion Acquisition: Targeted Methods
ORGANIZERS: Adam W. Anderson, Ph.D. & David Sosnovik, M.D., F.A.C.C.
Sunday, 21 April 2013
This session will survey the challenges of diffusion MRI in applications beyond conventional studies of the brain. While diffusion imaging provides useful microstructural information on many tissues in the body, it is often limited by motion, field errors, and short T2 relaxation times. In these situations, image quality can benefit significantly from unconventional acquisition strategies. This session will present a wide range of experience adapting diffusion imaging protocols to assess tissue properties under difficult measurement conditions.
Anyone interested in challenges of diffusion MRI and acquisition strategies to solve them (brain and outside the brain).

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

  • Understand the challenges of acquiring diffusion tensor MRI data in the brain and in organs other than the adult brain;
  • Become familiar with the technical approaches to performing successful diffusion MRI in tissues other than the brain;
  • Understand the challenges imposed by bulk motion on DTI acquisitions in particular in the heart and body, and how these can be overcome;
  • Understand the challenges of spinal cord diffusion imaging;
  • Become familiar with the challenges involved in DTI of the brain in highly specialized situations (fetal brain, postmortem imaging);
  • Understand the value and limitations of current diffusion acquisition schemes/formalisms in the heart, body and musculoskeletal system;
  • Become familiar with the indices/metrics used to analyze diffusion datasets in the heart, muscle and body; and
  • Critically assess the advantages and disadvantages of acquisition schemes, in particular 2D and 3D in the brain.



Moderators: Adam W. Anderson, Ph.D. & David Sosnovik, M.D., F.A.C.C.

08:00 Heart Choukri Mekkaoui, Ph.D.
08:25 Skeletal Muscle John S. Thornton, Ph.D.
08:50 Abdomen/Pelvis Thomas L. Chenevert, Ph.D.
09:15 Breast Savannah C. Partridge, Ph.D.
09:40     Break - Meet the Teachers  
10:05 Spinal Cord/Nerve Roots Jürgen Finsterbusch, Ph.D.
10:30 Intervertebral Discs/Cartilage Jose Maria G. Raya, Ph.D.
10:55 Fetal Brain Patricia Ellen Grant, M.D.
11:20 Post Mortem Brain Tim B. Dyrby, Ph.D.
11:55 2D versus 3D Acquisition Strategies Stefan Skare, Ph.D.
12:20     Closing Remarks  
12:30     Adjournment  
      12:30-12:45 Meet the Teachers