Education

ESMRMB offers a variety of different education programmes

Current ESMRMB Educational Programme

ELEARNING: COMPREHENSIVE COURSE ON PRACTICAL MR PHYSICS FOR CLINICIANS, BIOLOGISTS, RADIOGRAPHERS AND TECHNOLOGISTS

Part I: June 4, June 11, June 18, June 25, 2024
Part II: September 3, September 10, September 17, September 24, 2024

17:00 – 18:00 CEST

This eLearning course is divided into 8 modules, each 60 minutes long (2 parts of 4 modules each). It will equip participants to understand signal generation, image formation, sequences, image quality, quantitative imaging, advanced techniques, image interpretation and safety in MRI.

Course Organisers
Melanie Bauer, Innsbruck/AT & Maria Celeste Bonacci, Catanzaro/IT

Description
Online live course (8 modules – 2 parts with independent registrations).

Confirmation of Attendance
To receive the confirmation of attendance, participants have to join a minimum of 2 modules out of 4 per part.

Certificate of Competency
To receive a certificate of competency, participants have to pass a multiple-choice test after the completion of the course. The multiple-choice test should be taken within one week after the end of the modules.

Recordings
All modules will be recorded and recordings will be provided to registered participants for 4 weeks after the end of the course.

 

REGISTRATION FEES

  Early Fee Part 1
(until May 15)
Early Fee Part 2
(until August 1)
Late Fee Part 1
(from May 16)
Late Fee Part 2
(from August 2)
ESMRMB Regular Member 100.00 € 100.00 € 130.00 € 130.00 €
ESMRMB Junior/Radiographer Member 50.00 € 50.00 € 80.00 € 80.00 €
ESR Member* 150.00 € 150.00 € 180.00 € 180.00 €
ESR Junior/Radiographer Member* 80.00 € 80.00 € 110.00 € 110.00 €
Non-Member 200.00 € 200.00 € 230.00 € 230.00 €
Junior/Radiographer Non-Member 100.00 € 100.00 € 130.00 € 130.00 €

*requires proof of membership and status

Bundle Price available! Receive a € 20 discount, if you book both parts before May 15, 2024 (choose ticket group “Part I + Part II Bundle” at registration)!

ESMRMB Members can benefit from discounted member rates. Please ensure an active and paid ESMRMB 2024 membership before registering. If your membership is pending some documents/proofs for activation might be missing.

Registration
Register Here!

For questions please contact us at office@esmrmb.org

Registration Deadline
Online registration will close on June 3, 20:00 CEST for Part I (& bundle pricing) and on September 2, 20:00 CEST for Part II.

Link to Online Course
The link to join will be send to you (shortly) before the course.

Terms and Conditions
Terms & Conditions 2024

 

TARGET GROUP

Clinicians, biologists, MR radiographers and MR technologists with some physical and mathematical background.

 

AIM

Are you already familiar with spins and k-space? Are you’re eager to delve deeper into these concepts and gain a comprehensive understanding of MRI physics? ESMRMB presents an online eLearning course tailored for clinicians, biologists, radiographers, and technicians who work with MRI or have a keen interest in utilizing MRI for research. The course is designed to accommodate participants with varying levels of experience in MR techniques and MR physics. Whether you’re just starting or looking to enhance your existing knowledge, this course is the perfect fit for you.

The eLearning course consists of 8 modules, each lasting 60 minutes. These modules occur weekly and include a self-assessment test to reinforce your learning. You’ll have the unique opportunity to attend live lectures presented by experts in the field. The course also promotes direct interaction with the speakers during the lectures and dedicated question-and-answer sessions at the end of each module.

For added flexibility, the course is divided into two parts, allowing for independent registrations. All lectures are recorded and accessible on demand. A minimum number of attendance is required for a certificate of attendance and a successful passing of the self-assessment test for a certificate of competence.

 

GOALS

Attendance of the course on practical MR physics for clinicians, biologists, radiographers and technicians will enable you to understand:

  • signal and contrast generation in MR images at different conditions (morphological, biophysical and technical)
  • image formation and reconstruction
  • basic and advanced MR sequences for your clinical questions and avoid pitfalls
  • how to assess and enhance image quality by optimizing sequence and imaging parameters
  • quantitative imaging and the use of contrast agents
  • advanced MRI techniques such as diffusion imaging, perfusion sequences, functional MRI and PET/MRI
  • how MR images can be interpreted back to tissue components and functional activities
  • safe applications of MRI by knowing the involved hardware components and basic safety risks

 

General overview of the lectures

Part I: Basic MRI Principles

  1. The Physical Basis of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Jan Hövener (Germany)
  2. Image Formation and Reconstruction, Rita Nunes (Portugal)
  3. Basic Sequences and Image Quality, Jochen Leupold (Germany)
  4. Machine learning in MRI, Marleen de Bruijne and Dirk Poot (Denmark and Netherlands)

 

Part II: Advanced and Applied MRI Principles

  1. Fat Suppression and Introduction to Quantitative Imaging, Jessica Bastiaansen (Switzerland)
  2. Diffusion and Beyond, Cornelius Faber (Germany)
  3. MR Safety, Francesco Santini (Switzerland)
  4. More Clinical Sequences, Contrast Agents and Hybrid PET/MRI, Maria Eugenia Caligiuri (Italy)

 

PART I-detailed

Module 1: The Physical Basis of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Tuesday, June 4
Lecturer: Jan Hövener, Kiel/DE

  • Spin and magnetic moment
  • Spin precession and Larmor frequency
  • Magnetic properties of nuclei
  • Spin-lattice relaxation
  • Transverse magnetization and transverse relaxation
  • Radiofrequency pulse, return to equilibrium and the magnetic resonance signal
  • Information available from NMR, Clinical spectroscopy

 

Module 2:  Image Formation and Reconstruction

Tuesday, June 11
Lecturer: Rita Nunes, Lisboa/PT

  • Introduction to Fourier Transform
  • Magnetic field gradients
  • Spatial encoding
  • k-space (2D / 3D)
  • Image reconstruction
  • Image resolution
  • FOV / aliasing
  • Advanced imaging techniques (e.g. sampling techniques, parallel imaging, compressed sensing)

 

Module 3: Basic Sequences and Image Quality

Tuesday, June 18
Lecturer: Jochen Leupold, Freiburg/DE

  • Gradient echo and Spin echo
  • Basic contrasts: T1, T2 and proton density
  • Fast imaging: SSFP and RARE
  • Contrast in SSFP and RARE sequences
  • Sequence-independent influences on SNR
  • The impact of readout bandwidth

 

Module 4: Machine learning in MRI

Tuesday, June 25
Lecturer: Marleen de Bruijne and Dirk Poot, Copenhagen/DK & Rotterdam/NL

  • Image reconstruction
  • Data processing
  • Registration
  • Segmentation
  • Classification

 

PART II-detailed

Module 5: Fat Suppression and Introduction to Quantitative Imaging

Tuesday, September 3
Lecturer: Jessica Bastiaansen, Bern/CH

  • Different fat suppression techniques: STIR, FatSat, SPAIR, water excitation, Dixon imaging
  • Quantitative T1 and T2 mapping
  • MR fingerprinting, Quantitative Parameter Mapping
  • More examples and organs of interest for quantitative imaging

 

Module 6: Diffusion and Beyond

Tuesday, September 10
Lecturer: Cornelius Faber, Münster/DE

  • Diffusion
  • Perfusion
  • Functional MRI
  • Susceptibility weighted imaging

 

Module 7: MR Safety

Tuesday, September 17
Lecturer: Francesco Santini, Basel/CH

  • The B0 field: biological effects and ferromagnetic attraction
  • The Gradient fields: biological effects, acoustic noise, and interaction with implants
  • The RF field: SAR, focal heating, and implants
  • The thought processes of an MR safety professional

 

Module 8: More Clinical Sequences, Contrast Agents and hybrid PET/MRI 

Tuesday, September 24
Lecturer: Maria Eugenia Caligiuri, Catanzaro/IT

  • Introduction to contrast agents and radiopharmaceuticals
  • Safety of contrast agents and radiopharmaceuticals
  • PET/MRI: advantages and disadvantages
  • PET/MRI: utility in clinical practice

 

“In-bore” MRI-guided biopsy: practical experience

September 13, 2024, Milan/IT

Location

European Institute of Oncology (IEO), via G. Ripamonti 435, 20141 Milan, Italy

Capacity

10 participants

Scientific Leader

Prof. Giuseppe Petralia

 

Course Rationale

The scientific event aims to optimize the diagnostic pathway of prostate cancer through the reasoned use of multiparametric MRI (MRI-mp) and “in-bore” MRI-guided biopsy. The main professionals involved in the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer (Radiologist, Urologist, Radiotherapist, Uropathologist, Radiographer) will be the lecturers of the course.
All participants will be provided with workstations for Clinical Case review, and will observe an MRI-guided biopsy of live case first-hand.

Specialties for which ECM accreditation is sought: radiology

 

Programme

8:45 – 9:00 AM Registration  
9:00 – 9.10 AM Opening of the course Prof. G. Petralia
9:10 – 9:30 AM When to take the biopsy? Indications for “in-bore” target biopsy Prof. G. Petralia
9:30 – 9.50 AM The Girona experience Dr. K. Vilanova
9.50- 10.10 AM Uropathologist’s point of view Dr. G. Renne
10:10- 10:30 AM Urologist’s point of view Prof. G. Musi
10:30 – 10:50 AM Radiotherapist’s point of view Prof. B. A. Jereczek-Fossa
10:50 – 11:00 AM Clinical case presentations Drs. S. Alessi / Q. Nguyen
11:00 – 11.15 AM Coffee Break  

Group A

11:15 – 12:00 AM

Live Case – “in-bore” MRI-guided biopsy Prof. G. Petralia

Group B

11:15 – 12:00 AM

Clinical cases on workstation Drs. S. Alessi / Q. Nguyen / C. Pizzi

Group B

12:00 – 12:45 AM

Live Case – “in-bore” MRI-guided biopsy Prof. G. Petralia

Group A

12:00 – 12:45 AM

Clinical cases on workstation Drs. S. Alessi / Q. Nguyen / C. Sattin
12:45 AM – 2:00 PM Lunch  
2:00 – 2:20 PM “In-bore” MRI-guided biopsy – technical aspects Dr. P. Summers
2:20 – 3:00 PM Discussion of histologic outcome and closure of the course Prof. G. Petralia / Dr. G. Renne

 

Particular attention will be given in the clinical cases, to patients with an indication to perform “in-bore” MRI-guided prostate biopsy:

  • PI-RADS 3-5 lesions with negative standard and/or fusion ultrasound guided biopsy;
  • Reclassification biopsy in patients on active surveillance with suspected clinical-laboratory and/or radiological progression;
  • Patients with suspected MRI lesions <8mm in size or with lesions in “difficult” sites (cranial, anterior).

The clinical cases to be presented as “live cases” will involve patients with lesions classified with PI-RADS category 3-5 in accordance with PI-RADS v2.1.
After a review of the patients’ MRI-mp and clinical history in the morning session, course participants will be divided into two groups to observe the MRI-guided biopsies of the same patients presented in the “live cases” session.
Other cases will be presented and reviewed under the guidance of the tutors. The patient’s entire diagnostic process will be reviewed, covering the procession from the initial request, through clinical findings, radiological examinations, mpMRI, biopsy and final outcome.

 

Registration

More information will be available soon.

 

ESMRMB-GREC Meeting 2024

OCTOBER 2, 2024 | Barcelona/ES

The ESMRMB-GREC meeting is designed as a unique context aimed at sharing ideas and data on MRI contrast agents research and possible gadolinium toxicity after the administration of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs). We believe that joint international efforts will remain essential to optimize diagnostic efficacy and improve patient safety in MR imaging. Since 2016, the ESMRMB-GREC has adapted the contents of the discussion to current hot topics and has evolved in style even in difficult circumstances imposed by the pandemic restrictions.

Programme

More information will be available soon!

Registration

Check back soon for information on registration and fees.

Contact us at office@esmrmb.org for any questions.

MR Safety Course: Reshape Your Skills

OCTOBER 16-19, 2024 | Bolzano/IT

Safety in the MR environment relies on multidisciplinary awareness of risks and solutions. The course will train radiologists, radiographers, MR physicists to build effective teams that are able to cope with MRI risks under standard and emergency circumstances.

Programme

More information will be available soon!

Registration

Check back soon for information on registration and fees.

Contact us at office@esmrmb.org for any questions.

The MRI-RADS in 10 Cases

November 7-8, 2024, Porto/PT

The live training course is organized to allow leaders who have long-time experience in the use of the specific RADS scoring system to give a 90 minute training course of definite and conflictual interactive cases. A total of 18 hours of interactive cases is planned through the whole course.

Since 1993, Reporting and Data Systems (RADS), firstly proposed by the American College of Radiology, have proliferated as a standardized methodology for reporting on imaging findings. Among others, RADS apply to findings in MRI and are meant to reduce the variability in diagnostic reports, to facilitate communication in radiology and to provide a framework for clinical decision and patient management.

Despite the effort that has been done, only few have been implemented into clinical practice while the most are not yet generally used or their impact have been underestimated without any documented evidence on efficacy and efficiency in the MRI workflow.

The implementation of RADS requires standard terminology, probability-based diagnostic approach, image assessment finalized to categorization, structured reporting.

In addition, the fast evolving world of MRI and its nature as a multiparametric modality require constant monitoring of RADS and eventually adaptations for accuracy improvement.

Registration & Programme

More info & registration available here: https://www.theoriacongresos.com/school-of-MRI-2024/

Learning Objectives

As a result of attending the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the state-of-the-art of all currently available RADS in MRI
  • Discover the purpose of the developed MRI RADS and how it affects clinical decision
  • Interact with referring clinicians on challenging cases and uncertainty
  • Discuss on image interpretation and error mitigation approaches
  • Integrate the RADS in the standard MRI reports
  • Recognize the opportunities as well as the limitations and challenges of scoring systems

Target Group

Radiologists, Fellows, Residents who are interested in structured reporting in MRI, Clinical oncologists and Radiology Directors and Mentors who want to discover the full potential of available RADS scoring systems in MRI as well as their limitations and implement RADS scoring systems in their institutions for diagnosis and patient management.

Course Organisers

Kai Vilanova, Girona/ES
Alberto Vieira, Porto/PT

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