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

Advanced Diffusion Acquisition
ORGANIZERS: Andrew L. Alexander, Ph.D. & Adam W. Anderson, Ph.D.
Saturday, 10 May 2014 (13:00 - 17:30)
This course will provide an overview of recent state-of-the-art developments in the acquisition methods for diffusion-weighted MRI for DTI and beyond. In particular, the lectures will focus on leading-edge methods for improving the spatial fidelity, spatial resolution (multishot, 3D, and reduced FOV) and speed (multiband and compressed sensing) of diffusion-weighted imaging and novel mechanisms (double pulsed field gradient and oscillating gradient) of diffusion-weighting.
Scientists and Researchers who are familiar with basic diffusion MRI methodology and want to learn about state-of-the-art technical developments.

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

  • Understand potential options for improved acquisition of diffusion-weighted MRI;
  • Develop strategies for improved acquisition of diffusion-weighted MRI;
  • Compare methods for making diffusion-weighted MRI faster and higher spatial resolution;
  • Develop the understanding to reduce artifacts from susceptibility and eddy currents; and
  • Assess new diffusion-weighted imaging methodologies including double wave encoding and oscillating gradient acquisitions.


Moderators: Andrew L. Alexander, Ph.D. & Adam W. Anderson, Ph.D.

13:00 Compressed Sensing for Fast Acquisition Bennett A. Landman, Ph.D.
13:25 Multiband Excitation David G. Norris, Ph.D.
13:50 Multishot for High Spatial Resolution Stefan Skare, Ph.D.
14:15 3D vs. 2D Acquisition Jennifer A. McNab, Ph.D.
14:40 Reduced FOV Claudia A. Wheeler-Kingshott, Ph.D.
15:05     Break - Meet the Teachers  
15:30 Dealing with Susceptibility (R/L, L/R) Jesper Andersson, Ph.D.
15:55 Mitigating Eddy Current Distortions Timothy G. Reese, Ph.D.
16:20   Double Pulse Encoding - permission withheld Evren Ozarslan, Ph.D.
16:55 Oscillating Gradient Acquisition Ivana Drobnjak, Ph.D.
17:20     Closing Remarks  
17:30     Adjournment  
      17:30-17:45 Meet the Teachers