ISMRM 25th Annual Meeting & Exhibition 22-27 April 2017 Honolulu, HI, USA

Sunrise Educational Session: Magnetic Resonance Elastography: Abdominal & Cardiac
Sunrise Session

ORGANIZERS: Guoying Liu, Ph.D. & Joshua D. Trzasko, Ph.D.

Thursday, 27 April 2017
Room 313A  07:00 - 07:50 Moderators: Curtis Johnson, Joshua Trzasko

Skill Level: Basic

Slack Channel: #e_crosscutting
Session Number: STh04

Magnetic Resonance Elastography (MRE) is an emerging MRI technology that enables in vivo quantitative assessment of tissue stiffness for applications ranging from staging of liver cirrhosis to characterizing the onset of Alzheimer's disease. In this course, the history and development of MRE will be overviewed, the key enabling technologies for MRE (e.g., pulse sequences, image processing methods) will be described, and several clinical applications where MRE has proven beneficial will be discussed in detail.

Target Audience
Physicists and Clinicians with a solid basic understanding of MRI who are interested in learning about the history, technical foundations, and clinical applications of MR elastography.

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

-Describe the technical foundations of MR Elastography;
-Identify key clinical applications where MRE can be used; and
-Compare and contrast MRE to other quantitative MRI techniques.

Jin Wang
Magnetic resonance elastography (MRE) is a noninvasive technique capable of quantifying tissue mechanical properties in vivo. The most established clinical application of MRE in the abdomen is in chronic liver disease, this technique represents the most accurate noninvasive technique for the detection and staging of liver fibrosis and has the potential to be an alternative to liver biopsy. Increasing experience and ongoing research is also leading to exploration of applications in other abdominal organs, including pancreas, spleen, kidneys, uterus and prostate. The current research progress of MRE technologies and its potential applications of this technology in these abdominal organs are surveyed. Abdominal MRE may be seamlessly incorporated into a standard multi-parametric MRI examination to provide a rapid, reliable and comprehensive imaging evaluation for solving complex problems at a single patient appointment in the future.

Arunark Kolipaka
Estimating the stiffness of left ventricle and aorta provides important information in diagnosing various cardiovascular diseases. MR elastography (MRE) is a noninvasive technique to estimate the stiffness of soft tissues. This abstract will demonstrate the principle and application of MRE for diagnosing cardiovascular diseases.


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