ISMRM 23rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition 30 May - 05 June 2015 Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Educational Course

ISMRM/SMRT Joint Forum: Whole Body DWI


ORGANIZERS: Mark A. Griswold, Ph.D. & James J. Stuppino, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)

Monday 1 June 2015

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 Whole Body DWI. The Joint Forum is a two-hour course that includes contributions from MD's, scientists, MRI technologists and clinicians working in the field of magnetic resonance imaging.

The overall goal of this session is to provide continuing and up-to-date professional development of Whole Body DWI through the review of established clinical applications as well as new and emerging ones and to provide a clear understanding of how to perform this exciting technology. 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 Whole Body DWI techniques and methodology with respect to the capabilities of different systems. It is expected that the gained knowledge will elevate the application of whole Body DWI by improving the competence and performance of physicians, technologists, clinical scientists, and basic researchers.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completing this course, participants should be able to:
Evaluate the diagnostic performance of conventional whole-body MRI without and with diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) in evaluation of the extrahepatic Abdomen & Pelvis;
Describe the pertinent DWI concepts to detect and characterize liver and renal lesions; and
recognize the added value of DWI for imaging liver and renal lesions; and
Formulate a solid understanding of the challenges with WB DWI particularly due to motion and off-resonance. Also recognize why diffusion-weighted sequences that are sensitive to microscopic motion of excited spins makes them very susceptible to other forms of motion artifacts.

Target Audience
This course is designed for:
Physicians, Radiologists, MRI 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 MR imaging technology.
MR Applications Specialists who strive to gain a deeper insight into the basics of high field MR and specifically whole body DWI.
Experienced researchers seeking to learn about the current usage for whole body DWI, and is actively engaged in research in this or related fields.
Undergraduate, graduate students, and technologists are highly encouraged to participate

Moderators: Mark A. Griswold, Ph.D., James J. Stuppino, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)
Whole Body DWI
14:15 DWI of the Liver
Ihab Kamel, M.D., Ph.D.
14:40 Diffusion-Weighted Imaging in the Extrahepatic Abdomen & Pelvis
Russell N. Low, M.D.

Sequence and Magnet Optimization, Post Processing & New Applications
Ben Kennedy, B.App.Sc.,Mst(MRI)
15:30 WB DWI lecture - How to do it Bone Metastases and Therapy Response
James Stirling, MSc, DMS, DCR
15:55   Summary Discussion
16:15   Adjournment & Meet the Teachers