Broadening the MRI Spectrum
October 7 – 9


Pre-congress Course

Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping (QSM): Bascis and Beyond

October 6, 2021, online
09:15 – 15:30

Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping (QSM) is a technique to calculate maps of tissue magnetic susceptibility from the phase of the gradient-echo MRI signal. Susceptibility maps reveal clinically useful information about tissue composition including iron, myelin and calcium content. QSM was developed over a decade ago and has become a mature and rapidly growing field. Our understanding of magnetic susceptibility contributions to MRI contrast and how to model them has also recently expanded beyond QSM to encompass susceptibility tensor imaging and other microstructural effects. The aim of this course on Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping: Basics and Beyond is to cover the basic theory underpinning QSM processing pipelines as well as their practical implementation and optimisation. The course is also designed to cover emerging clinical applications of QSM and will introduce susceptibility anisotropy and microstructural effects on the MRI phase.

This course on Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping: Basics and Beyond will focus on:

  • What is magnetic susceptibility and how is it related to MRI phase
  • Theory underpinning QSM
  • Conceptual steps in the QSM reconstruction pipeline
  • Overview of methods for phase processing and background field removal
  • Comparison of methods for susceptibility calculation
  • QSM processing tutorial
  • Practical considerations for accurate QSM
  • Emerging clinical applications of QSM
  • Beyond QSM: effects of tissue microstructure
This course is offered on occasion of the ESMRMB 2021 online congress and requires a registration.

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Educational Levels

Quantitative Susceptibility Mapping: Basics and Beyond
This course is intended for MR physicists, basic scientists, clinicians and PhD students who already have a working knowledge of the basic principles of MRI and who wish to gain knowledge and improve their understanding of QSM and susceptibility-based MRI. Attendees will learn the basic theoretical principles of QSM and at the end of the course they will know how to implement a practical QSM reconstruction pipeline.

Course Organiser

Karin Shmueli, Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, University College London, UK


Emma Biondetti
Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Neuroscience & Imaging, D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy

Kwok-Shing Chan
PhD Student, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University, Netherlands

Christian Langkammer
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, Medical University of Graz, Austria

Chunlei Liu
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, and the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Carlos Milovic
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, University College London, UK

Karin Shmueli
Professor of MRI Physics, Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, University College London, UK

Preliminary Programme

QSM Fundamentals: Theory and Conceptual Steps
Christian Langkammer

Comparing Methods for Susceptibility Calculation
Carlos Milovic

Practical Tips for Accurate QSM
Karin Shmueli

Emerging Clinical Applications of QSM
Emma Biondetti

Lunch Break

Interactive QSM Processing Demonstration / Tutorial
Kwok-Shing Chan

Beyond QSM: Susceptibility Anisotropy and Microstructural Effects
Chunlei Liu