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

Sunrise Educational Session: Advanced Quantitative MSK Imaging Techniques

Skill Level: Advanced

Organizers: Jenny T. Bencardino, M.D., Eric Y. Chang, M.D., Christine Chung, M.D., Ravinder R. Regatte, Ph.D., Philip Robinson, M.D. & Siegfried Trattnig, M.D.

Tuesday 10 May 2016

This Sunrise Session will address relaxation mechnanisms, generated MR contrast  related to collagen rich MSK systems (tendons, ligaments, menisci and cartilage) as well as their interfaces.

Target Audience
Radiologists and physicists who perform clinical imaging and/or research using advanced techniques.

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

  • Understand biochemical composition and structure of collagen rich systems;
  • Identify technical aspects of mapping methods for quantitative assessment of collagen structure and function; and
  • Recognize the emerging roles of advanced MR techniques for evaluation of collagen rich MSK systems.

Moderators: Eric Chang, Ashley Williams
Relaxation Mechanisms in Collagen Rich MSK Systems
Emily McWalter1
1University of Saskatchewan
Collagen plays a key role in the structural behaviour of MSK tissues; however, it creates challenges when imaging with MR. In this session, attendees will learn about the structure and function of collagen rich MSK tissues, considerations when carrying out quantitative MRI imaging (including short T2 relaxation times and the Magic Angle Effect) and approaches to image post-processing.

Clinical Applicatons & Technical Challenges (Tendons, Ligaments, Menisci, Cartilage) - Permission Withheld
Richard Kijowski
Osteoarthritis is one of the most common chronic diseases in the United States.  Osteoarthritis is characterized by a decrease in the proteoglycan content and disruption of the highly organized collagen fiber network of articular cartilage.  Various quantitative magnetic resonance imaging techniques have been developed for noninvasive assessment of the proteoglycan and collagen components of cartilage.  These techniques have been extensively used in clinical practice to detect early cartilage degeneration and in osteoarthritis research studies to monitor disease-related and treatment-related changes in cartilage over time.  This article will review the role of quantitative magnetic resonance imaging in evaluating the composition and ultra-structure of the articular cartilage of the knee joint. 

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.