ISMRM WORKSHOP SERIES ~ 17-20 January 2016

ISMRM Workshop on Data Sampling & Image Reconstruction
Sedona, AZ, USA


This workshop is the 4th in a series of Sedona workshops (previously held 2007, 2009, and 2013), and updated to reflect new trends in MRI, but keeping many of the successful elements of the previous workshops.

This workshop will continue to explore the practical boundaries of new and unconventional methods for collecting data (pulse sequences), and for reconstructing images from that data. This will include constrained reconstruction such as compressed sensing and Fingerprinting, as well as Non-Cartesian methodologies and parallel imaging. The workshop will explore the challenges to these methods, how to measure and characterize them, and methods (both available and necessary to develop) to overcome them.

In addition to invited scientific presentations, the program will include proffered papers, poster presentations, and a “recon challenge” in which registrants are given severe constraints under which to collect and reconstruct images, which will be reviewed by a panel of radiologists.

There will be a slightly more clinical theme this year than in past Sedona workshops, mostly expressed in the first day and the last session, on how we, as a more technical side of our field, can look to make sure that what we accomplish has clinical relevance. While there will be plenty of room for technical, "non-clinical" discussions, we will periodically take the discussion back to how this work can help promote and best utilize MRI in the global healthcare regime of the future.

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for researchers and clinicians interested in the latest methods and pulse sequences for acquiring MR data and reconstructing images. This fairly technical workshop will also appeal to those interested in tying the advances in fast and novel imaging methods to real advances in clinical diagnoses and care, as well as to decreasing the cost of clinical MR exams. There will be a real intent to create dialogue between the designers of cutting edge technology and those in clinical practice.

Educational Objectives

  • Those attending this workshop will learn about advanced data collection methods (e.g. spiral MRI), reconstruction methods (e.g. fingerprinting and constrained reconstruction), and quantitative methods;
  • They will understand how advances in scanner hardware, reconstruction methodology, software infrastructure, and metrics for image quality impact the development of these methods;
  • Most importantly, they will gain insight about how fast imaging can improve healthcare and healthcare economics, and the pitfalls of moving methodology from research to the clinic.

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.