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

Educational Session: Being Vendor Agnostic

Educational Course

ORGANIZERS: Michael S. Hansen, Ph.D. & Joshua D. Trzasko, Ph.D.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017
Room 314  08:15 - 10:15 Moderators: Michael Hansen, Joshua Trzasko

Skill Level: Intermediate

Slack Channel: #e_crosscutting
Session Number: Tu01

The development of new techniques tends to be tied to a specific vendor platform through their pulse programming, reconstruction, and post processing platforms. This can hamper the wide dissemination of new techniques. The purpose of this course is to make the participants aware of vendor agnostic platforms that are available in the research community.

Target Audience
This course is intended for engineers and physicians involved in the development and testing of new techniques.

Educational Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
-Identify vendor agnostic platforms for sequence development;
-Identify vendor agnostic platforms for reconstruction development; and
-Identify vendor agnostic platforms for post processing applications.

Maxim Zaitsev
On the example of PulSeq, an open-source platform independent sequence programming framework, we consider advantages of the hardware-abstraction in pulse sequence programming as well as the associated challenges.

Reconstruction & Raw Data
Nicholas Zwart
This session will highlight some of the open source software resources available to the MR community.  There will also be some tips on what steps an MR developer can take to keep their code open and dogma free.

Image Analysis
Anastasia Yendiki
Combining MRI data collected at multiple sites allows researchers to achieve the large sample sizes required to detect subtle disease effects, although at the expense of increased inhomogeneity in the data due to differences in acquisition hardware and software. This presentation will address what is known about the reproducibility of biomarkers derived from structural, functional, and diffusion MRI data across scanners from different vendors, as well as image analysis strategies that have been proposed to mitigate the effects of scanner-related differences.

Panel Discussion

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