ISMRM 24th Annual Meeting & Exhibition • 07-13 May 2016 • Singapore

Sunrise Educational Session: High-Throughput: The 5 Minute MR Scan

Skill Level: Intermediate

Organizers: Garry E. Gold, M.D. & Joshua D. Trzasko, Ph.D.

Thursday 12 May 2016

MRI is a powerful and flexible imaging modality. However, long scan duration and protocol lists limit the amount of information than can be collected in a clinically reasonable time window. In this course, clinicians and scientists will discuss their visions for a 5-minute comprehensive MRI exam. Each lecture will focus on a different MRI application, identify what information is critical for diagnosis (and what isn’t), and overview technical strategies for obtaining this information as rapidly as possible.

Target Audience
This educational session targets both scientists and clinicians interested in the development and application of rapid comprehensive MRI techniques. The discussion about both technical and clinical aspects of different areas of MRI is intended to provide a broad perspective about rapid MRI, and promote translations of concepts and strategies between areas. Although no specific MRI area expertise is required, a general understanding of the different requirements and goals of different MRI areas, and appreciation of MRI physics and technology, will maximize the benefit from this course.

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

  • Understand the needs for rapid imaging in different clinical applications;
  • Identify what types of information are most important for diagnosis;
  • Identify the potential for reducing the number of protocols in an exam;
  • Understand technical challenges with, and solutions to, rapid imaging; and
  • Appreciate the potential compromises in developing application-specific rapid protocols.

Moderators: Joshua Trzasko
Breast Imaging - Permission Withheld
Christiane Kuhl
. We proposed an abbreviated, short MRI-protocol that is limited to the early post-contrast period, then to use standard image reconstruction tools (maximum intensity projection, MIP) to allow a very fast overview of the imaging volume, and finally to have expert radiologists interpret this limited protocol.  Aim was to substantially reduce image acquisition and reading time of screening-MRI. Long term goal is to increase the access to screening breast-MRI.

High-Throughput: The 5 Minute MR Scan: Musculoskeletal
Edwin Oei1
1Radiology & Nuclear Medicine, Erasmus MC Rotterdam, Rotterdam, Netherlands
In this lecture the feasibility of a “comprehensive” 5-minute MR examination for musculoskeletal applications will be discussed. Common clinical questions for musculoskeletal MR imaging will be discussed along with the utility of particular MR pulse sequences to answer these questions. Recent advances in MR data acquisition technology and protocol optimization for a variety of musculoskeletal MRI application will be presented that could facilitate high-throughput.

Adjournment & Meet the Teachers

The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for
Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.