Virtual Meetings Archive

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View more Virtual Meetings from ISMRM study groups in the ISMRM Virtual Meeting Archives.

Joint ISMRM & ISMRT Virtual Meeting:

Preview of 2022 Joint Annual Meeting – London

12 November 2021

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Overview:

ISMRM goes Hybrid!
Steven P. Sourbron, Ph.D.
After 2 years of virtual ISMRM annual meetings, we are now planning the first ever hybrid annual meeting of the ISMRM. While many of the details are still being worked out, we are committed to provide an interactive hybrid format. Those travelling to London will experience an ISMRM meeting much like in pre-pandemic times, with all the benefits of in-person interaction but with an additional option to interact with online attendees. Online attendees will be able to watch live streams of all sessions in London, and recordings will be available for those in more distant time zones, with increased interactivity than in previous online annual meetings. Importantly, online attendees will also be able to present their work to attendees in London and online. In this talk I will update on the current ideas for the meeting, not only on format but also on content including also the educational program and other special sessions under development.

MR education during the ISMRM annual meeting in 2022: What to expect
Nivedita Agarwal, MD
The ISMRM annual meeting in London will offer a total of 218 hours of education distributed from Saturday to Thursday designed by the AMPC. This also includes 28 hours of tutorials organised by eight different education tracks (Neuro, Body, Cross-Organ, MSK, Image acquisition, contrast mechanisms, Physics & Engineering and Transferable Skills). All education is planned onsite and all speakers have been requested to be onsite to allow for maximum interactivity between them and the participants. We also have planned a three day meeting within a meeting or a Special focus meeting (SFM) dedicated to cardiovascular MR research. This is specially designed for attendees (such as clinicians) who may not have time to attend a six-day meeting but want to get the most of the cutting-edge technologies centered around CMR.

First Hybrid SMRT (just renamed to ISMRT!) Annual Meeting
Rhys Slough, MSc.
Similar to ISMRM annual meeting, SMRT (renamed to ISMRT) annual meeting will go hybrid as well! The annual meeting will have a similar schedule as the meetings in pre-pandemic time with an interesting poster session on Friday afternoon, accredited theme-based education sessions for MR radiographers/technologists on both Saturday and Sunday, and accredited ISMRM sessions and ISMRM-ISMRT joint forum on Monday. We will cover different hot topics in the meeting including AI, high and low-field imaging and advanced practices in MR. We will continue the great Master Class tradition we started in the past two years. Attendees traveling to London will be able to have in-person interaction with gorgeous speakers and other attendees (both in-person and online). Attendees online will be able to view live presentations and join the Q & A and discussions virtually. We look forward to seeing you!

2022 ISMRT Annual Meeting will be fun!
Huijun ‘Vicky’ Liao, MR-RT
2022 ISMRT Annual Meeting encourages interaction/discussion since it will be our first chance to see each other in-person after two years! Besides the hot topics mentioned by Rhys, we plan to have Q&A and panel/group discussions in the safety and clinical sessions where both in-person and online attendees can share their opinions and questions. We also encourage you to join our poster-tour on Friday to interact with our MR radiographer/technologist poster presenters and other MR colleagues around the world. There also will be Grab-n-Go Lunch served for ISMRT Business Meeting on Saturday which will give the most updated status of ISMRT and the Abstract/Proffered Papers Awards on Sunday. We will also be planning on our evening welcoming party which has been a tradition in the pre-pandemic times!

Moderators:

Nancy H Beluk (ISMRT Education Chair)

Anne Dorte Blankholm (ISMRT President)

ISMRM goes Hybrid!

Steven P. Sourbron, Ph.D. (ISMRM AMPC Chair)
The University of Sheffield
Sheffield, UK

MR education during the ISMRM annual meeting in 2022: What to expect

Nivedita Agarwal, M.D. (ISMRM AMPC Vice Chair)
Pediatric Hospital in Lecco
Milan, Italy

First Hybrid SMRT (just renamed to ISMRT!) Annual Meeting

Rhys Slough, M.Sc. (ISMRT AMPC Chair)
Cambridge University Hospitals
Cambridge, UK

2022 ISMRT Annual Meeting will be fun!

Huijun Vicky Liao, B.Sc., ARMRIT (ISMRT AMPC Vice Chair)
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA, USA

Joint ISMRM Interventional MR Study Group & SMRT Virtual Meeting:
Interventional MR Gallery:
MR-Guided Therapeutic Ultrasound for Essential Tremor, MR-Guided Cardiac Interventions, MR-Linac & MR Safety in Multimodality Operation Room

14 October 2021

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MRI safety in a Multidisciplinary OR environment – Janice Fairhurst, R.T. (R) MR
The MRI Safety challenges are inherent in a Multi-Modality Image Guided Operation Room. This talk will describe the potential hazards that exist in a multimodality imaging suite as it relates specifically to MRI safety and identify the key safety strategies that are used within the multidisciplinary iMRI environment to ensure safety.

Transcranial MR-guided Focused Ultrasound for Essential Tremor – Rachelle Bitton, Ph.D.
MR guided Focused ultrasound is a noninvasive, therapeutic technology with the potential to improve the quality of life and decrease the cost of care for patients with essential tremor. This novel technology focuses multiple beams of ultrasound energy precisely and accurately on targets deep in the brain without damaging surrounding normal tissue. MR imaging is used for treatment planning and inter-procedural monitoring, providing images to pinpoint the area to treat and real time MR thermometry to monitor treatment progress. In this talk we explore the mechanism behind the technology, explore treatment protocols, show 3 year follow up results in patients, and talk about next steps for the technology.

Cardiac interventional MRI: current status and remaining technical challenges – Olivier Jaubert, Ph.D.
This talk will give a brief overview of the cardiovascular applications of interventional MRI (iMRI). We will give a description of the clinical MRI scans routinely performed at our institution in pulmonary hypertension patients. Finally we will give some future directions being investigated to resolve the remaining challenges for better translation of cardiovascular iMRI in clinical practice.

Initial experience with the clinical implementation of quantitative MRI biomarkers in a 1.5T MR-Linac – Ergys Subashi, Ph.D.
MR-guided systems, particularly the integrated MR-linac, provide a novel platform for the delivery of precision radiotherapy and may enable improvements in therapeutic response by increasing dose to the target while sparing organs at risk. The clinical implementation of these systems necessitates a review of current commissioning and quality assurance (QA) methods and, if needed, revisions to address differences with conventional MRI and radiotherapy machines. Integrated MR-linacs present with challenges that are not encountered when each component is considered separately. In this talk we will discuss our initial experience with the clinical implementation of quantitative MRI biomarkers in a 1.5T MR-Linac.

Moderators:
Elena Kaye, Ph.D., Chair & Jurgen J. Fütterer, M.D., Ph.D., Vice Chair, Interventional MR Study Group

Accreditation:

The SMRT has designated this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 Category A Credit.

The ISMRM designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Objectives:

  • Appreciate the academic and clinical potential of technologies in the field of iMRI;
  • Identify the unique demands of iMRI; and
  • Development iMRI technologies with this knowledge to better inform referring clinicians and the patients and/or their carers.

MRI safety in a Multidisciplinary OR environment

Janice Fairhurst, B.Sc.,R.T.(R)(MR)
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA, United States

Transcranial MR-guided Focused Ultrasound for Essential Tremor

Rachel R. Bitton, Ph.D.
Stanford University
Palo Alto, CA, United States

Cardiac interventional MRI: current status and remaining technical challenges

Olivier Jaubert, Ph.D.
University College London
London, United Kingdom

Initial experience with the clinical implementation of quantitative MRI biomarkers in a 1.5T MR-Linac

Ergys David Subashi, Ph.D.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY, United States

SMRT Virtual Meeting:
From Birth to Death: Non-Oncological Applications of MR Spectroscopy in the Brain

09 September 2021

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Overview:

Dr. Stefan Bluml will describe MRS acquisition and technical aspects in a clinical environment, metabolic maturation from birth to adolescence, birth asphyxia and localized temperature measurement.

Dr. Alex Lin will present MRS diagnosis of metabolic disorders and anoxia in the ER, traumatic brain injury, psychiatric disorders and neurodegenerative diseases.

Objectives:

  • Understand the requirements for the use of MRS in a clinical environment;
  • Appreciate the evolving metabolic features of the brain and the need for standardized acquisition methods and appropriate control data;
  • Recognize main features of neonatal hypoxic/ischemic brain injury;
  • Understand the usefulness of MRS for measuring regional brain temperatures in newborns undergoing therapeutic hypothermia treatment;
  • Learn how MRS can be used to impact patient management;
  • Compare and contrast the spectroscopic changes that occur from acute to chronic and severe to subconcussive brain injury;
  • Describe the metabolic changes that occur in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression; and
  • Understand how spectroscopy can be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment.

Moderators:

Huijun ‘Vicky’ Liao, B.Sc., ARMRIT
George Bouzalis, (MR)

Accreditation:

The SMRT has designated this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 Category A Credit.

The ISMRM designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MR Spectroscopy of Pediatric Brain Diseases

Stefan Bluml, Ph.D.
Children’s Hospital LA
Los Angeles, CA, United States

MR Spectroscopy of Adult Brain Diseases

Alexander Lin, Ph.D.
Brigham & Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA, United States

Joint ISMRM PET-MRI Study Group & SMRT Virtual Meeting:
PET-MRI Acquisition/Reconstruction Harmonization

26 August 2021

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Overview:

Presentation 1: Dementia Platform UK PET-MR Harmonisation Study
In the UK a network of 8 PET-MR scanners has been set up for dementia scanning, 3 Siemens mMR and 5 GE Signa scanners. However for future clinical trials, it is important to reduce variability of measurements through the harmonisation of scanning protocols, and to characterise the repeatability and reproducibility of these measurements. Following the design of harmonised protocols, a travelling volunteer test-retest study is currently being conducted using the amyloid radiotracers, [18F]flutemetamol and [18F]florbetaben. The presentation will describe the study design, the many challenges that had to be met, and hopefully some preliminary results from the [18F]flutemetamol arm of the study which finished on the 26th July 2021.

Presentation 2: Harmonization of PET in simultaneous PET/MR and Path to Qualification
The talk will present in one part an approach and its results to perform Harmonization of PET in simultaneous PET/MR in which we use NEMA phantom data acquired in a standard and controlled manner at two sites equipped with a Siemens mMR and a GE Signa PET/MR scanner. PET data were reconstructed by systematically varying image reconstruction parameters of number of iteration and filtration level and the best agreement between the reconstruction were found by evaluating the root mean square difference (RMSD) in contrast recovery coefficients (CRC). In a second part of the talk, an approach will be presented as a possible path to site qualifications of PET/MR scanners for multicenter brain imaging studies without the use of phantom to validate the accuracy of attenuation correction.

Moderators:

Udunna Anazodo, Ph.D.
Kylie Walters, B.Appl.Sc.,M.H.Sc.(MRS)(MRI)

Objectives:

  • Appreciate the academic and clinical potential of acquisition and data harmonization in PET-MRI;
  • Identify the unique demands of PET-MRI acquisition and reconstruction harmonization; and
  • Develop PET-MR protocols or processes with this knowledge to better inform referring clinicians and the patients and/or their carers.

Dementia Platform UK PET-MR Harmonisation Study

Julian Matthews, Ph.D.
University of Manchester
Manchester, United Kingdom

Harmonization of PET in Simultaneous PET/MR and Path to Qualification

Richard Laforest, Ph.D.
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO, United States

MR Safety Week Virtual Meeting:
MR Safety in Physics, Physiology and Practice Plus Practical Advice on Active Implants

29 June 2021

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Overview:

In the presentation of ‘Understanding MRI safety: Physics, Physiology and Practice’, the interaction between the physical principles of the three types of magnetic fields in the MRI environment, viz., the static magnetic field, time-varying spatial field gradient, and radio-frequency magnetic fields, and their interactions with the biologic tissue will be highlighted. This understanding can guide the development of policies and procedures that can help create a safe MR environment for patients, staff, and support personnel. From this presentation, the audience will understand the characteristics of the three main magnetic fields in the MR environment and a framework for creating MRI safe policies and procedures.

The presentation of ‘Active Implant MRI Safety’ will provide a review of the process to clear active implants, with a focus on pacemakers. The audience will have an understanding of how to analyze the vendor documentation to identify what is relevant for the technologist to ensure that examinations are performed safely.

Moderators:

Sonja K. Boiteaux, MS, RT(R)(MR), MRSO, CHC
Brandy Willis, MBA, RT(R)(MR)

Presentations:

Understanding MRI Safety: Physics, Physiology and Practice

Raja Muthupillai, PhD, DABR, DABMP, MRSE
Live Healthy Imaging
Bellaire, TX, United States

Active Implant MRI Safety

Seferino Romo, AAS, RT(R)(MR)(ARRT)
Memorial Hermann Hospital – Texas Medical Center
Houston, TX, United States

SMRT Virtual Meeting in Collaboration with the ISMRM Pediatric MR Study Group:
Pediatric Diffusion Weighted MRI: Applications and Opportunities

17 June 2021

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Overview:

From an academic perspective, Diffusion Weighted Imaging (DWI) MR is being used to inform and develop some neonatal human connectome projects, but DWI of the connectivity within the brain is itself is a growing and evolving field. Multi-disciplinary teams are therefore required to develop the acquire, process, analyze and interpret the data, because of the many and varied challenges in this field such as subject size, safety, and motion. The development, and importantly the application of the knowledge from this field is leading to refined clinical diagnosis, but this is dependent on applied parameters and radiological knowledge. This virtual meeting will discuss the development and use of advanced academic applications, through to the clinical applications and real world use of DWI MR today and into the near future.

Objectives:

  • Appreciate the academic and clinical potential of DWI in mapping human cerebral connectivity.
  • Identify the unique demands of the pediatric or neonatal DWI image acquisition, analysis, and application.
  • Development clinical DWI imaging protocols or processes with this knowledge to better inform referring clinicians and the patients and/or their carers.

Moderators:

Michael Kean, R.T. FSMRT
Minhui Ouyang, Ph.D.

Accreditation:

The SMRT has designated this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 Category A Credit.

The ISMRM designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Clinical Applications of Pediatric Brain Diffusion Weighted Imaging

Yi Li, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, United States

Challenges and Opportunities in Perinatal Diffusion MRI

Jacques-Donald Tournier, Ph.D.
King’s College London
London, England, United Kingdom

SMRT Virtual Meeting:
A “How-To” Guide to Presenting & Moderating at a Scientific Meeting

22 April 2021

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Overview:
Every year, the ISMRM and SMRT have a scientific meeting which is almost certain to metamorphize into a varied format of “face to face” blended with “virtual” forms of address, presentation, and moderation. The techniques of presenting are strongly aligned with techniques of education and teaching, and these techniques are best developed with both meeting formats in mind, with a foundation in quality educational material and delivery. A skilled educator and presenter is ideal to give members a lecture on goals to be aimed for and hopefully achieved during their time on the real or virtual stage. Similarly, moderating in this mixed format environment is a skill to be used to guide the meeting, and extract the most information from the presentation and presenters. Moderating in its own way, can go someway towards making or breaking a meeting.

A large number of ISMRM and SMRT members are presenting at the upcoming meeting, and another significant member cohort will be moderating the sessions during this meeting. This virtual meeting will come 3-4 weeks before the ISMRM/SMRT annual meeting and the timing of this virtual meeting would be perfect to address this much needed skillset.

Moderator:
Shawna Farquharson, Ph.D.

Accreditation:
Credits are not available for this event.

This virtual meeting is a general instruction session and is not intended for a specific meeting or event, but could be helpful to moderators and speakers of the 2021 ISMRM & SMRT Virtual Meeting & Exhibition.

A Guide to Presenting at a Scientific Meeting

Thijs Dhollander, Ph.D.
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

A Guide to Moderating at a Scientific Meeting

Sonja Boiteaux M.Sc.
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, TX, USA

Joint SMRT & ISMRM MR of Cancer Study Group Virtual Meeting:
Imaging in Neuro-Oncology

08 April 2021

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Overview:
There is broad recognition that cancer imaging is best performed with standardized quality imaging protocols to enable serialized assessment of disease and treatment progression. That is a worthy goal in itself. However, there is a constant growth and body of work in the research domain which is yet to progress to routine clinical imaging practice. There is a recognized gap in application and translation of contemporary work and research in many imaging fields, including cancer. This meeting will explore current, and some emerging imaging techniques in the field of cancer, as well as the important process of translating contemporary imaging research into routine clinical practice.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the benefits of quality routine imaging practice;
  • Appreciate the process of applying new and emerging techniques into quality routine imaging; and
  • Appreciate and apply the techniques to translating contemporary research into application.

Accreditation:
The Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists (SMRT), A Section of the ISMRM, has designated this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 Category A Credit.
The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Moderators:
Brandy Willis, M.B.A.,R.T.(R)(MR)
Fulvio Zaccagna, M.D.

Imaging Challenges in Neuro-Oncology: Current Clinical Pathways and New Therapies

Adam D. Waldman, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Edinburgh
Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom

Accreditation: 0.50 CE/CPD

Translating Research into Clinical Practise

Rhys A. Slough, M.Sc. (Med. Img. – MRI)
Cambridge University Hospital
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

Accreditation: 0.50 CE/CPD

The SMRT is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) as a Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RCEEM).

SMRT Virtual Meeting:
MRI Safety: Scanning of Active Implants

25 March 2021

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Overview:
This meeting presents information to ensure the safe scanning of patients with active implants, namely, neuromodulation systems. The lectures will provide an explanation of the MRI issues that impact neuromodulation systems and will provide several examples of how best to manage patients with these devices.

Objectives:

  • Understand the MRI issues for active implants;
  • Understand the imaging parameters that are applied to MR Conditional, active implants; and
  • Understand the MRI labeling information for neuromodulation systems.

Accreditation:
The Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists (SMRT), A Section of the ISMRM, has designated this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 Category A Credit.
The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Moderators:
Anne Dorte Blankholm, Ph.D., M.Sc., Radiographer, MRSO
Titti Owman, R.N.(R)(CT)(MR)FSMRT

MRI Issues for Active Implants: Neuromodulation Systems, Part 1

Frank Shellock, Ph.D., FACR, FISMRM, FACC
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Radiology and Medicine
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Playa del Rey, CA, USA

Accreditation: 0.50 CE/CPD

MRI Issues for Active Implants: Neuromodulation Systems, Part 2

Ilse Joubert Patterson, B.Rad.(MR)
Addenbrooke’s Hospital
Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

Accreditation: 0.50 CE/CPD

The SMRT is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) as a Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RCEEM).

SMRT Virtual Meeting:
Fetal MRI: Why, When, Where & How Do We Do It?

11 March 2021

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Overview:
Why Fetal MRI? This is an expanding area of interest and usefulness that has moved from research to clinical practice with no training programs for radiographers or radiologists. All have had to learn on the job with limited guidance to provide a service driven by clinician or patient requests. It’s still limited in availability but due in part to social media and the internet, patients now request it. Providers are playing catch up, made harder in countries that rely on an insurance system for healthcare.

Aligned tightly with fetal MRI is the fetal or neonatal postmortem service which further expands the application of this field into clinical governance and also brings significant learning resources.

Objectives:

  • Identify whether or not their site is an appropriate site for a fetal MRI service;
  • Identify goals and targets for the development of a formalized fetal MRI service; and
  • Identify the clinical and technical needs in building, as well as formalizing that fetal MRI service in what might be a sensitive and difficult context.

Accreditation:
The Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists (SMRT), A Section of the ISMRM, has designated this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 Category A Credit.
The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Moderators:
Martin Sherriff, B.Appl.Sc.,MRT(MR)
Kristina Pelkola, B.Sc.,R.T.(R)(MR)

Fetal MRI: Why, When & Where?

Elspeth H. Whitby, M.B.,Ch.B.
The University of Sheffield
Sheffield, UK

Accreditation: 0.50 CE/CPD

Fetal MRI: How? A Radiographer’s Guide

Jeff Chen, Grad.Dip. MRI, MRSO
Monash Children’s Hospital
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Accreditation: 0.50 CE/CPD

The SMRT is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) as a Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RCEEM).

SMRT Virtual Meeting in Collaboration with the ISMRM MR in Radiation Therapy Study Group:
MRI and Its Role in Radiation Therapy Planning

04 February 2021

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Overview:
The role of MRI in radiation therapy is not like that of diagnostic medical imaging, medical research, or any other traditional or conventional context. Diagnostic imaging prioritizes morphology and signal enabled tissue typing. While lesion size, shape, and signal are key goals in this typical environment, the exact location of that lesion in space is not. Radiation therapy planning has very different goals in MRI to what most of us are used to. The diagnosis has already been made, and is no longer required. What is required is the ability to accurately, precisely, and repeatedly predict the exact location in space, of the gross tumour volume so as to prescribe a precise external beam of radiation. This ability is enabled only by equally precise distortion correction methods, reproducible patient positioning, and appropriate signal choice and parameters for gross tumour volume identification. This in turn creates a broad but heavy demand for quality assurance not previously seen in the MRI environment, such that MRI guided radiation therapy planning would not succeed without it.

Objectives:

  • Recognize the quality assurance demands in a radiation therapy planning MRI department;
  • Implement processes or people to develop, test, and validate the spatial accuracy of the MRI system for this context; and
  • Identify the sequences and parameters best used to meet the new goals of MRI in the context of radiation therapy planning.

Accreditation:
The Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists (SMRT), A Section of the ISMRM, has designated this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 Category A Credit.
The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Moderators:
Cynthia Eccles D.Phil
Glenn Cahoon, MSc., FSMRT

Quality Assurance for MRI in Radiation Therapy Planning

Maria Schmidt, Ph.D.
Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust
Sutton, United Kingdom

Accreditation: 0.50 CE/CPD

The Goals for MR Imaging in Radiation Therapy Planning

Kate Skehan B. Med. Rad. Sc
Calvary Mater Hospital
Newcastle, NSW, Australia

Accreditation: 0.50 CE/CPD

The SMRT is recognized by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) as a Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RCEEM).

SMRT Virtual Meeting in Collaboration with the ISMRM Diffusion Study Group:
Diffusion MRI of the Spine: What the Clinician Wants & How Optimization Can Deliver It

10 December 2020

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Moderators: Shawna Farquharson, Ph.D., and Kurt Schilling, Ph.D.

Overview:

This virtual meeting will consist of two speakers and experts in the field of Diffusion MRI, particularly Diffusion MRI of the spine. The session will start with Dr Francesca Bagnato, a neurology certified physician from the Vanderbuilt Medical Centre, speaking on Diffusion MRI of the spine, with a focus on what the clinician wants to see.

The second speaker is Mr Ben Kennedy from QScan Radiology Clinics. Ben is the MRI senior radiographer for QScan and has for many years taken a particular interest in sequence optimization. This includes general DWI techniques, and in particular, DWI of the spine.

The session will conclude with a live discussion and question and answer session of around 10-15 minutes, where registrants can ask the experts in a semi-public forum, questions pertaining to DWI clinical demands and utilization, as well as sequence techniques and optimization.

Objectives:

  • Identify imaging objectives when applying Diffusion MRI to the spine;
  • Recognize the unique technical challenges when performing DWI of the spine; and
  • Apply teaching points to their own sequences for greater optimization and utility of DWI in the spine.

Presentation 1:

Diffusion MRI of the Spine: What the Clinician Wants

Francesca Bagnato Ph.D.
Vanderbilt University Medical Centre
Nashville, TN, USA

Presentation 2:

Diffusion MRI of the Spine: Sequence Optimisation

Ben Kennedy, M.Sc., B.Appl.Sc.(MRI)
QScan Radiology Clinics
Brisbane, QLD, Australia

SMRT & ISMRM Virtual Meeting:
Top Tips for your Upcoming Abstract Submissions

19 November 2020

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Moderators: Sheryl L. Foster, M.H.Sc.(MRS)(MRI) & Nick J Palmer, PG.Dip. MRI

 

Overview: This will be an information and question & answer virtual meeting for ISMRM and SMRT members. It will serve as a guide on successfully writing and submitting abstracts for ISMRM and SMRT meetings, whether they be virtual or face to face. Goals will include resolving any ambiguity or misunderstanding of the points the abstract reviewing committee are looking for when assessing, and help eliminate any confusion over the submission requirements as well as the nomenclature of the submission steps.

Tips and Tricks for Creating an SMRT Award Winning Abstract

Petronella Samuels, B.Sc.
University Of Cape Town
Cape Town, South Africa

What SMRT Abstract Reviewers Look For in an Abstract

Erin Gray, M.H.A., R.T.(R)(MR)
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN, USA

What ISMRM Abstract Reviewers Look For in an Abstract

Nicole E. Seiberlich, Ph.D.
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

SMRT Virtual Meeting in Collaboration with the ISMRM MR of Cancer Study Group:
Habitat Imaging With a Particular Emphasis on Validation of MRI Biomarkers for Imaging Tumor Heterogeneity

11 June 2020

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Moderators: Janine M. Lupo, Ph.D. & Rhys A. Slough, M.Sc. (Medical Imaging – MRI)

Overview:

This virtual event will include two 30 minutes live presentations from experts in the field of Oncology Imaging. The session will open with a live presentation from Professor Evis Sala (MD, PhD, FRCR) an academic Radiologist with a special interest in Cancer Imaging. Dr Sala will be presenting on “Habitat imaging for unravelling tumour heterogeneity in ovarian and kidney.”

The second live presentation will be given by Dr Natarajan Raghunand (PhD), an Associate Professor of Radiology and Director of Translational Cancer Imaging in the College of Medicine at the University of Arizona Tucson who will be presenting on “Imaging tumor heterogeneity: tackling the inverse problem”

The live presentations will be followed by time for discussion – to provide the audience of MDs, PhDs, MRI Technologists and Radiographers with the opportunity to “Ask the Experts” questions about the challenges they encounter, techniques they use and the experience they have when using MRI for Cancer imaging.

Objectives:

  • Describe the basis for habitat imaging and its value over current medical imaging models;
  • Review the organ systems currently being validated for biomarkers and methods under investigation; and
  • Explain implementation and its effect on current imaging sequences and post-processing.

Presentation 1:

Habitat Imaging for Unravelling Tumour Heterogeneity in Ovarian and Kidney Cancers
Evis Sala, M.D.,Ph.D.

University of Cambridge
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Overview: The proposed session will highlight the role of MRI based habitat imaging in unravelling tumour heterogeneity in ovarian and kidney cancers and its implications in clinical trials.

Objectives:

  • Understand the importance of tumour heterogeneity on patient outcome;
  • Learn the concept of habitat imaging; and
  • Understand the need for biological validation of tumour habitats.

Presentation 2:

Multispectral Analysis of mpMRI Images to Identify Tumor Sub-Populations
Natarajan Raghunand, Ph.D.

H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
Tampa, FL, United States

Overview: This presentation will discuss some methods for reproducibly generating multispectral clusters on multiparameter MRI images to visualize tumor heterogeneity as a map of tumor sub-populations or “habitats”.

Objectives:

  • Understand the value of acquiring spatially co-registered multiparameter MRI images for imaging tumor habitats;
  • Understand the need for image intensity calibration for reproducible habitat imaging; and
  • Understand some applications of habitat imaging such as tumor response assessment.

SMRT Virtual Meeting in Collaboration with the ISMRM Pediatric MR Study Group:
Pediatric MR Imaging Techniques and Caveats and Insight into Imaging the Neonatal Brain

28 May 2020

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