ISMRM Workshop Series • 15-17 September 2017

ISMRM Workshop on Advanced Musculoskeletal MRI: Arthritis & Beyond
Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou, China


This workshop, organized by ISMRM in affiliation with the Chinese Society of Musculoskeletal Radiology (CSMR), will focus on the technical development and clinical applications of advanced MR imaging for osteoarthritis (OA), inflammatory arthritis, as well as other related joint diseases. The purpose of this workshop is to engage the Chinese and Asian community in OA imaging studies and facilitate potential collaborations; in particular, multi-center trials, including the Asian population, which is currently under-engaged in the international collaboration and communication. This workshop is also endorsed by the Overseas Chinese Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (OCSMRM).

The sessions will include advanced technical development on quantitative MRI techniques at multi-scales (ex vivo to in vivo) and for multiple tissues (cartilage, meniscus, ligament, tendon, bone, and muscle), as well as clinical applications of semi-quantitative (grading) and quantitative techniques. The technical aspects for both data acquisition and image post-processing will be discussed. New techniques such as PET/MRI will also be presented. Other focuses of the workshop include what we have learned from previous clinical trials and challenges of new trial design; post-traumatic OA after acute joint injury; the relationship between imaging and biomechanics; and imaging beyond the knee joints. A unique aspect of this workshop will be discussion on potential treatment of OA by Chinese medicine.

The workshop will feature a mixture of invited keynote lectures, selected abstracts for oral and poster presentation and panel discussions. Young Investigator Awards will be presented to students and early stage post-doctoral or physicians who will be selected from the oral paper presentations.

Target Audience

The workshop is designed to engage musculoskeletal imaging scientists, engineers, and MR physicists, including students and postdoctoral students; musculoskeletal radiologists and radiology residents and fellows; orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists, and other clinicians who are interested in using imaging measures; and epidemiologists and statisticians who are interested in OA clinical trials.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss various semi-quantitative and quantitative MRI – including data acquisition and image post processing – for cartilage, bone, and other tissues in the joint;
  • Analyze the advantages, limitations, and challenges of each technique;
  • Summarize prior and ongoing efforts in clinical applications of semi-quantitative and quantitative MRI for evaluating tissue degeneration in arthritis and other joint diseases;
  • Illustrate the relationship between imaging measures and biomechanics;
  • Explain prior and ongoing large clinical trials in OA imaging;
  • Describe the key aspects of clinical trial design; and
  • Describe the potential treatment of arthritis by Chinese medicine.


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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.
This workshop does not offer CME credits.