Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB 2014 10-16 May 2014 Milan, Italy


ISMRM/SMRT Joint Forum

SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced
ORGANIZERS: Christine Chung, M.D., Cindy R. Comeau, B.S., R.T.(N)(MR) & James J. Stuppino, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)
Monday, 12 May 2014
This joint-forum is collaboration between the ISMRM and SMRT, and it is designed to showcase the exceptional contribution each society brings to the clinical field of magnetic resonance and specifically MRI-PET. The Joint Forum is a two-hour course that includes contributions from MD's, scientists, MRI & PET technologists and clinicians working in the field of magnetic resonance imaging and positron emissions tomography.

The overall goal of this session is to provide continuing and up-to-date professional development of MRI-PET technology through the review of established clinical applications as well as new and emerging ones and to provide a clear understanding of reimbursement in the USA & other countries. The format will include presentations, point-counterpoint discussion, and debate from the panel and the floor. The purpose of the course is to educate physicians, technologists and clinical scientists about MRI-PET techniques and methodology with respect to the capabilities of different system configurations. It is expected that the gained knowledge will elevate the application of MRI-PET by improving the competence and performance of physicians, technologists, clinical scientists, and basic researchers.

This course is aimed at:
  • Nuclear Physicians, Radiologists, MRI & PET Technologists, MR Engineers or Physicists, Bioengineers, Physiologists and all fields related to these disciplines.
  • Medical, Biological and Industrial Researchers with an interest in novel high field MRI & PET imaging technology.
  • Nuclear and MR Applications Specialists who strive to gain a deeper insight into the basics of high field MR and positron emissions tomography.
  • Experienced researchers seeking to learn about the current state of hybrid MRI-PET technology, and actively engaged in research in this or related fields.
  • Undergraduate, graduate students, and technologists are highly encouraged to participate.

As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:

  • Identify, discuss and compare novel developments of MRI-PET;
  • Prepare their facility for issues faced by MRI & PET professionals and be able to offer suggestions of possible methods for integration into the normal working environment of a clinical or research department;
  • Compare and contrast major components and subsystems of MRI-PET platforms; and
  • Formulate a plan to develop the proper use of ICD9 & CPT codes to illustrate a solid understanding of the major applications of MRI-PET that qualify for reimbursement.


Moderators: Christine Chung, M.D., Cindy R. Comeau, B.S., R.T.(N)(MR) & James J. Stuppino, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)

14:15 Clinician Applications & Challenges in the USA David A. Bluemke, M.D., Ph.D.
    Clinician Applications & Challenges in Europe - permission withheld Gustav K. von Schulthess, M.D., Ph.D., M.D. Hon.
  PET/MR Technology Challenges & Comparison of Systems David W. Jordan, Ph.D.
  PET/MR Technologists Challenges from a MRI Technologist John Totman, Ph.D.
  PET/MR Technologists Challenges from a Nuclear Medicine Technologist Kimberly Jackson, B.S.
15:55     PET/MR Panel Discussion/Q&A  
 16:15     Adjournment