School of MRI

PRACTICAL MR PHYSICS FOR CLINICIANS, BIOLOGISTS, TECHNICIANS: BASIC COURSE

JUNE 7, JUNE 13, JUNE 21, JUNE 28
JULY 5, JULY 12

17:00 – 18:00 (CEST)

 

The eLearning basic course is divided into 6 modules each 60 minutes long, Learn how to understand the process of image formation and the sequences of basic clinical MR imaging.

Course Organiser
Claudia Lenz, Basel/CH

Description
Online live course (6 modules)

Confirmation of Attendance
To receive the confirmation of attendance participants have to join a minimum of 3 modules out of 6.

Certificate of Competency
To receive a certificate of competency participants have to pass a multiple-choice test (MCQ) 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.

 

REGISTRATION FEES

  Early Fee (until May 10)
Late Fee (from May 11)
ESMRMB Regular Member 100.00 € 130.00 €
ESMRMB Junior/Radiographer Member 50.00 € 80.00 €
ESR Member* 150.00 € 180.00 €
ESR Junior/Radiographer Member* 80.00 € 110.00 €
Non-Member 200.00 € 230.00 €
Junior/Radiographer Non-Member 100.00 € 130.00 €

* requires proof of membership and status

ESMRMB Members can benefit from discounted member rates. Please ensure an active and paid ESMRMB 2022 membership before registering. If your membership is pending some documents/proofs for activation might be missing.

Registration
Registration must be done online at the link below. For questions please contact us at office@esmrmb.org

Registration Deadline
Online registration is closed.

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

Terms and Conditions
Terms & Conditions 2022

 

ISMRM endorsed
This educational event is endorsed by ISMRM – International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

TARGET GROUP

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

 

AIM

This online course is aimed at those of you who have no or little physical and mathematical background, but would like to understand the process of image formation and the sequences of usual clinical MR imaging. The course consists of 6 modules of 60 minutes, which take place once a week and a test. Each module consists of a presentation in form of a live lecture given by experienced teachers and additionally offers the possibility of direct interaction with the speaker with question/answer time at the end of each module. The presentations can be followed from home, work or even while commuting on any computer with internet access.

The course is particularly aimed at clinicians (e.g. residents in radiology), biologists or technicians who work with MRI or have an interest in using MRI for research. Participants do not need previous experience in MR techniques and MR physics.

 

GOALS

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

  • profoundly understand signal and contrast generation in MR images at different conditions (morphological, biophysical and technical)
  • understand basic principles of image contrast and image formation
  • use basic clinical sequences for your questions and enhance tissue contrast by modifying parameters and using contrast agents
  • interpret MR images back to tissue components and functional activities
  • ensure safe application of MRI by knowing the involved hardware components and basic safety risks

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

MODULE 1
The physical basis of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Part I
Jan Hövener, Kiel/DE

  • Spin and magnetic moment
  • Spin precession and Larmor frequency
  • Magnetic properties of nuclei
  • Microscopic magnetism
  • Spin-lattice relaxation
  • Transverse magnetization and transverse relaxation
  • Return to equilibrium and its parameters T1 and T2


MODULE 2

The physical basis of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Part II
Jan Hövener, Kiel/DE

  • Short recapitulation of module 1
  • Radiofrequency pulse
  • The magnetic resonance signal
  • The Fourier transform
  • Information available from NMR
  • Magnetic field, gradients of magnetic field
  • Introduction to magnetic resonance imaging


MODULE 3

Magnetic resonance imaging: formation of the image
Felix Breuer, Würzburg/DE

  • Short recapitulation of modules 1 and 2
  • Spatial encoding
    • Magnetic field gradients
    • Slice / volume selection
    • Frequency encoding
    • Phase encoding
    • 2D / 3D k-space
  • Image reconstruction
    • Image resolution
    • FOV / aliasing


MODULE 4

Basic clinical sequences, tissue contrast and image quality
Fritz Schick, Tübingen/DE

  • Short recapitulation: spins, magnetization, RF excitation, relaxation
  • Contrast: proton density, T1 and T2 weighting
  • Cartesian spatial encoding
  • Gradient echo and spin echo
  • Fast spin echo / fast gradient echo sequences
  • Steady state free precession
  • Image quality issues
  • Main artifacts


MODULE 5

Fat suppression, contrast agents & contrast-enhanced MR angiography
Jessica Bastiaansen, Bern/CH

  • Different fat suppression techniques: STIR, FatSat, SPAIR, water excitation, Dixon imaging
  • Introduction to contrast agents
    • Gadolinium based
    • Special contrast agents
    • Safety of contrast agents
  • Contrast enhanced MR angiography
  • Non-contrast-enhanced techniques


MODULE 6

MR hardware and safety aspects
Jacques Felblinger, Nancy/FR

  • Magnets and cryogeny
  • Gradient coils
  • Radiofrequency coils
  • Metal in a magnetic field
  • Gradient intensity and slew rate
  • Specific Absorption Rate (SAR)
  • Safety limits

PRACTICAL MR PHYSICS FOR CLINICIANS, BIOLOGISTS, MR RADIOGRAPHERS AND MR TECHNOLOGISTS: ADVANCED COURSE

SEPTEMBER 13, SEPTEMBER 20, SEPTEMBER 27
OCTOBER 4, OCTOBER 11, OCTOBER 18

17:00 – 18:00 (CEST)

The eLearning Advanced courses are divided into 6 different modules each 60 minutes long.

Course Organiser
Claudia Lenz, Basel/CH

Description
Online live courses (6 modules)

Confirmation of Attendance
To receive the confirmation of attendance participants have to join a minimum of 3 modules out of 6:

Certificate of Competency
To receive a certificate of competency participants have to pass a multiple-choice test (MCQ) 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.

 

REGISTRATION FEES

  Early Fee (until July 31)
Late Fee (from August 1)
ESMRMB Regular Member 100.00 € 130.00 €
ESMRMB Junior/Radiographer Member 50.00 € 80.00 €
ESR Member* 150.00 € 180.00 €
ESR Junior/Radiographer Member* 80.00 € 110.00 €
Non-Member 200.00 € 230.00 €
Junior/Radiographer Non-Member 100.00 € 130.00 €

* requires to provide a proof of membership and status

ESMRMB Members can benefit from the discounted member rates. Please ensure an active and paid ESMRMB 2022 membership before registering. If your membership is pending some documents/proofs for activation might be missing.

Registration
Registration must be done online at the link below. For questions please contact us using office@esmrmb.org

Registration Deadline
Online registration will close on September 12, 2022, 20:00 CET.

Online Registration – School of MRI – Advanced Course

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

Terms and Conditions
Terms & Conditions 2022

ISMRM endorsed
This educational event is endorsed by ISMRM – International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

 

TARGET GROUP

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

 

AIM

You are not a physicist or a biomedical engineer, but you have already heard about spins and k-space and you know the basics about relaxation times. However, the more you know the more aspects come up that would be useful for your daily MRI practice. ESMRMB therefore offers you an advanced course on practical MR physics for clinicians, biologists and technicians that helps you deepen your basic knowledge and prepares you for facing problems, questions and pitfalls in your daily MRI routine and research.

The eLearning course consists of 6 modules of 60 minutes which take place once a week and a self-assessment test. Each module consists of a presentation in form of a live lecture given by experienced teachers and additionally offers the possibility of direct interaction with the speaker during the lecture, as well as dedicated question/answer time at the end of each module. The presentations can be followed from home, work or even while commuting on any computer with internet access. A minimum number of attendance is required for a certificate, but all lectures are recorded and available on demand.

The advanced course on practical MR physics is particularly aimed at clinicians (e.g. residents in radiology), biologists or technicians who work with MRI or have an interest in using MRI for research. Participants do not necessarily need extensive experience in MR techniques and MR physics, however the previous attendance of the Basic Course is highly recommended.

 

GOALS

Attendance at the advanced course on practical MR physics will enable you to

  • enhance the understanding of signal and contrast generation in MR image and spectroscopy
  • use basic and advanced MR sequences for your clinical questions and avoid pitfalls
  • assess and enhance image quality by optimizing sequence and imaging parameters
  • understand advanced MRI techniques such as diffusion imaging, perfusion sequences, functional MRI
  • ensure safe application of MRI by knowing and assessing advanced safety risks

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

MODULE 1
Repetition: the physical basis of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging
Francesco Santini, Basel/CH

  • Medical MRI/MRS vs. high resolution NMR
  • Clinical spectroscopy
  • Magnetic field, magnetic field gradients
  • Frequency encoding / phase encoding
  • RF field: pulses, rotating frame
  • Magnetic field variations: chemical shift vs. gradients

MODULE 2
Repetition image reconstruction & advanced reconstruction techniques
Sebastian Kozerke, Zurich/CH

  • Image reconstruction
  • Sampling techniques
  • Parallel imaging
  • Compressed sensing
  • Machine learning / AI for speeding reconstruction

MODULE 3
Repetition basic clinical sequences, tissue contrast and image quality & practical image optimization
Jochen Leupold, Freiburg/DE

  • Spin echo vs. gradient echo imaging
  • Tissue contrast
    • Relaxation times T1 and T2
    • TE, TR and flip angle
    • Additional modifications of image contrast
  • Image quality
    • Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR)
    • FOV / matrix
    • Adjusting (readout) bandwidth

MODULE 4
More clinical sequences and introduction to quantitative imaging
Francesco Santini, Basel/CH

  • Repetition fat suppression techniques
  • More inversion recovery sequences (FLAIR, dark blood)
  • Susceptibility weighted imaging
  • Flow sensitive sequences
  • Quantitative T1 and T2 mapping
  • MR fingerprinting, Quantitative Parameter Mapping
  • More examples and organs of interest for quantitative imaging

MODULE 5
Advanced sequences & applications
Cornelius Faber, Münster/DE

  • Diffusion
  • Perfusion
  • Functional MRI
  • Susceptibility weighted  imaging

MODULE 6
Advanced safety issues
Jacques Felblinger, Nancy/FR

  • Repetition of hardware and basic safety issues
  • Patient / healthy subject safety
    • Passive / active external / implanted devices
    • How to test MR compatibility
  • Worker safety
    • European directive to national regulations
    • How to deal with these regulations
    • New jobs and responsibilities

UNLOCKING APT-CEST IN THE BRAIN

SEPTEMBER 14
17:00 – 18:30 (CEST)

The webinar will introduce the MRI technique of Chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST) to understand physico-chemical principles behind the signal, potential applications and pitfalls. The CEST of amide protons mainly from proteins and peptides of primary and secondary tumours of the brain represent a good model for extending APT-CEST imaging in other body regions.

Course Organiser
Carlo Cosimo Quattrocchi, Rome/IT

Description
Online live webinar:
Participants will receive a confirmation of attendance

Registration

Ticket Type Fee
ESMRMB Member € 25
ESMRMB Junior/Radiographer Member € 15
ESR Member* € 30
Non-Member € 50

*requires proof of membership & status

ESMRMB Members can benefit from discounted member rates. Please ensure an active and paid ESMRMB 2022 membership before registering. If your membership is pending some documents/proofs for activation might be missing.

Registration Form
Registration will be available soon. For questions please contact us using office@esmrmb.org

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

Terms and Conditions
Terms & Conditions 2022

 

PROGRAMME

5:00-5:20 pm
APT-CEST: Technique and Methodology.
Stefano Casagranda, PhD (Olea Medical)

5:20-5:40 pm
Histological and molecular staging of gliomas.
Sotirios Bisdas, MD, PhD, MSc (UCLH, London, UK)

5:40-6:00 pm
Therapeutic assessment of pre-irradiated brain metastases.
Lucia Nichelli, MD (La Pitié, Paris, FR)

6:00-6:30 pm
Q&A session with speakers

-RADS FROM HEAD TO TOE

NOVEMBER 3-4, 2022 | Girona/SPAIN

OVERVIEW

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.

Target Audience

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.

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

Course Description

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 30 minute training lecture on background and description followed by 60 minutes of definite and conflictual interactive cases. A total of 11 hours of interactive cases is planned through the whole course.

Course Organisers

Kai Vilanova
Carlo C. Quattrocchi

Website with all details and link to the registration

http://www.theoriacongresos.com/school-of-mri/

EUROPEAN COURSE ON ADVANCED IMAGING TECHNIQUES IN NEURORADIOLOGY

NOV. 3-5, 2022 | ST. JULIAN’S, MALTA

Welcome to this new joint course in collaboration with ESNR – European Society of Neuroradiology!

The course will be organized in cycles repeating every 2 years. Each cycle consists of 4 modules of 2 to 3 days each.

This module 2 will be on fMRI and will be held as a live onsite meeting on 3-5 November 2022.

The aim of this course is to convey in-depth knowledge about functional fMRI (both task-related and resting fMRI). Both variants are used extensively in clinical practice, but at the same time are highly dependent on acquisition and post-processing which affects interpretation. Additionally, clinical situations such as peritumoral edema, may interfere with fMRI signal. This course module is organized along the main diseases in which these techniques are used most frequently: presurgical tumor mapping, epilepsy, neurodegeneration. In this way, technical and clinical aspects are addressed jointly, providing a profound insight on how to best tailor imaging protocols to specific clinical questions, and how to interpret findings in the context of a specific imaging technique. These topics are taught using a mixture of lectures, case-based workshops, and panel discussions.

Learning Objectives

  • to know the technical background of the different fMRI techniques (task-related fMRI, resting fMRI)
  • to know the differences between the various types of resting fMRI (seed based, ICA, atlas based, etc)
  • to know the differences between static and dynamic resting fMRI
  • to interpret fMRI results in the clinical setting
  • to know how clinical situations (e.g. perifocal brain edema) may affect fMRI, and to know how this can be addressed (e.g. vascular reserve mapping)
  • to understand clinical fMRI in common clinical settings (pre-operative tumor mapping, epilepsy surgery evaluation)

Course Directors

ESNR: Sven Haller
ESMRMB: Marion Smits

Participation Requirements:

The course is taught at the advanced level and builds on the ECNR as well as the ESMRMB School of MRI programmes. Participants are physicians with good knowledge of MRI techniques in a clinical neuroradiological context as well as technicians, radiographers and scientist with clinical interest.

Website with all details & registration

European Course on Advanced Imaging Techniques in Neuroradiology

ESMRMB Members can benefit from the discounted member rates. Please contact ESMRMB Central Office at office@esmrmb.org to obtain the discount code to complete your registration according to your membership type. Please add the discount code in the discount code field on the last step of the registration process.

ESOR (European School of Radiology)

ESMRMB is happy to announce its collaboration with the European School of Radiology (ESOR) – an institution, fulfilling the mission of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) in the field of education. One of its main goals is to assist in harmonising radiological education in Europe. With its wide range of activities ESOR additionally aims to raise standards in the field of scientific radiology, to extend and coordinate teaching resources worldwide and to help young radiologists to achieve the knowledge and skills to fulfil tomorrow’s requirements.

 

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