27th ISMRM Annual Meeting • 11-16 May 2019 • Montréal, QC, Canada

Weekend Educational Session
MR Image-Guided Therapy

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MR Image-Guided Therapy
Weekend Course

ORGANIZERS: Robert Witte, Kei Yamada

Saturday, 11 May 2019
Room 513A-C  08:00 - 11:30 Moderators:  Robert Witte, Kentaro Akazawa

Skill Level: Basic to Advanced

Session Number: WE-07

This course offers a scope on how MRI is used to guide the treatment on various diseases ranging from epilepsy to spinal tumors. The session will cover techniques including, but not limited to, focused ultrasound, cryotherapy, and laser ablations.

Target Audience
Clinicians, physicists, and engineers who work in the field of medical imaging.

Educational Objectives
As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:
- Describe how MRI is used in clinical settings;
- Discuss the difficulties and challenges of MR imaging at clinical settings; and
- Compare and contrast between various methods used for treatments.


  MRI for Surgical Planning
Priti Balchandani
This talk discusses the role of MRI in neurosurgical planning and guidance. Specific examples included are the application of ultrahigh field MRI and multi-modal MRI to improved surgical treatment of epilepsy and skull base tumors.

  Self Assessment Module (SAM)
Temperature Measurement
Kagayaki Kuroda
Noninvasive thermometry is one of the unique features of MRI compared with the other imaging modalities. In this lecture, the basic principles, as well as the latest techniques of MR thermometry such as acquisition acceleration, motion and field change compensation, fat and bone thermometry are explained.

  Laser Therapy in Epilepsy
Robert Watson
Epilepsy cannot be controlled by medications in 30-40% of patients, and in these patients, resection of the epileptogenic focus may be the only hope for a cure.  Traditionally, epilepsy surgeries involve craniotomies with resection of substantial portions of the brain. MR-guided laser interstitial thermal therapy (MRgLITT) provides a minimally invasive alternative. MRgLITT is based on stereotaxic image-guided placement of a small laser fiber into the target and subsequent monitored heating and ablation of the epileptogenic lesion. The technique and advantages, as well as concerns and ways to mitigate them, will be discussed.

  Break & Meet the Teachers
MR Image-Guided Therapy and Surgery
Jayender Jagadeesan
MR Image-Guided Therapy

  Focused Ultrasound: Basics
David Schlesinger
  MR-Guided Focused Ultrasound Therapy for Brain
Toshio Yamaguchi
This course is designed to provide an introduction of the current status of MRgFUS clinical application in the brain.

  Lunch & Meet the Teachers
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