New ESMRMB Working Group
ESMRMB is delighted to announce the launch of a new working group: Committee for Advancement of MRI Education and Research in Africa (CAMERA).
This ESMRMB Working Group aims to develop a sustainable framework for accelerating MRI research and education excellence in Africa, particularly in Sub-Sharan Africa, a region of the world with the lowest density of MRI scanners.
The working group will be lead by Udunna Anazodo (Canada), Johnes Obungoloch (Uganda), Mario Forjaz Secca (Mozambique) Andrew Webb (Netherlands) and Abiodun Fatade (Nigeria).
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The symposium is focused to the field of interventional MRI. Talks and posters will be held on both, basic experimental studies and clinical applications. In this manner it is planned – comparable to former meetings – to provide a forum where scientists and clinicians can contribute their knowledge and experience in this special field.
More Information on the Symposium can be found here.
This event is officially endorsed by the ESMRMB.
ESMRMB Endorsed Workshop: Arterial Spin Labeling MRI:Technical Updates and Clinical Experience. Ann Arbor, Michigan, March 9-10, 2019.
After the highly successful recommendations paper for the use of ASL in dementia, the ASL community gathered 9-10 March in Ann Arbor, hosted by Luis Hernandez-Garcia and endorsed by ESMRMB (as well as ESNR and ISMRM). The workshop attendance was about 100 people, mostly MRI physicists and computer scientists, but also several neuroradiologists. There was also representation from the main vendors (Philips, Siemens, GE).
The scientific programme provided a great overview of the current status of new/advanced ASL techniques. What was very clear from many of the presentations and particularly from the panel discussions, was that there was an under-representation of ‘clinicians’ (Radiologists) and that the clinical uptake of ASL is still fairly limited. Of course, it was a very biased audience, with only enthusiasts about ASL, but even so those people that do use it clinically, do find the technique helpful in clinical practise, i.e. adding real diagnostic value in enough cases to justify the addition of ASL to clinical protocols.
The two panel discussions (one on Saturday and one on Sunday) centered on the one hand around the ‘unmet needs’ and on the other hand on the question whether there should be a new recommendations paper (‘recommendations 2.0’). There were many unmet needs, i.e. open questions, such as whether multi-PLD ASL should be further developed and even recommended, and how to tackle quantification. The recurring theme however was the limited use in clinical practice, and the need for training/education of radiologists and technologists. The focus will thus be primarily on developing teaching programmes for clinicians, to improve the clinical uptake of ASL. This will for example be done by organising a symposium preceding the ESNR in Oslo on 18 September. Also, on the annual meeting the current status of ASL will be highlighted as part of the gadolinium-free focus topic.