School of MRI

eLearning Courses

Advanced Course: Practical MR physics for clinicians, biologists and MR Radiographers/ MR Technicians

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 deepening 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. Thus, the course extends over a period of 6 weeks (with 2 weeks break due to the ESMRMB Congress). 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 Modules will also be available online after each Module.

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.

General Information:

  • The Webinar consists of 6 Modules, each Module ist 50 mintes + 10 minutes time for questions.
  • The webinar itself will be provided on demand 2-3 days after the modules, the link will be send out after the first module. The Webinars can be watched again until 2 weeks after the last module on the ESMRMB eLearning platform.
  • To obtain a Certificate of Attendance a minumum of 3 out 6 live sessions must be attended and the Quiz at the end must be taken. This course is not CME accredited.

Dates:

  • Tuesday, September 8 – 5pm (CEST)
  • Tuesday, September 15 – 5pm (CEST)
  • Tuesday, September 22 – 5pm (CEST)
  • Tuesday, October 13 – 5pm (CEST)
  • Tuesday, October 20 – 5pm (CEST)
  • Tuesday, October 27 – 5pm (CET)

No course on September 29 & October 6 due to the ESMRMB Congress

Registration

You can download the form here.
Early Registration until: August 30, 2020

Terms and Conditions
Please click here to see the Terms and Conditions of the ESMRMB e-Learning Courses.

Goals of the Course

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

  • enhance the understanding of signal and contrast generation in MR image
  • 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 and spectroscopy
  • ensure safe application of MRI by knowing and assessing advanced safety risks
Learning Objectives

Module 1: Repetition: the physical basis of nuclear magnetic resonance

TBD

  • Medical MRI/MRS vs. high resolution NMR
  • The NMR effect: classical and quantum mechanics description
  • Gyromagnetic ratio, Larmor equation, resonance
  • Different nuclei, sensitivity
  • Magnetic field
  • RF field: pulses, rotating frame
  • Free induction decay, Fourier transform
  • Magnetic field variations: chemical shift vs. gradients
  • Spin echoes
  • Relaxation, T1, T2 and contrast

 

Module 2: Repetition image formation & advanced reconstruction techniques

Sebastian Kozerke

  • Magnetic field gradients
  • Frequency encoding / phase encoding
  • Image reconstruction
  • Sampling techniques
  • Parallel imaging
  • Compressed sensing

 

Module 3: Repetition basic clinical sequences, tissue contrast and image quality & practical image optimization

TBD

  • 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

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

 

Module 5: Advanced sequences & applications

Cornelius Faber

  • Diffusion
  • Perfusion
  • Functional MRI
  • Spectroscopy (MRS)

 

Module 6: Advanced safety issues

Jacques Felblinger

  • 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
Registration Fees

Regular fee

  Early Fee* Late Fee
ESMRMB Members** € 100 € 130
ESR Members** € 150 € 180
Non-Members € 200 € 230

*until 8 weeks prior to the course

Reduced fee***
Juniors, Radiographers, Seniors

  Early Fee* Late Fee
ESMRMB Members** € 50 € 80
ESR Members** € 80 € 110
Non-Members € 100 € 130

*until 8 weeks prior to the course

European Course on Advanced Imaging Techniques in Neuroradiology

ESMRMB is happy to announce its collaboration with the 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. Reduced registration fees for ESMRMB Memebers will be offered.

 

Course organising committee:
ESMRMB:
Marion Smits, Edwin Oei, Alexander Leemans
ESNR: Sven Haller, Tarek Yousry, Johan van Goethem

Course venue:

Hilton Malta
Vjal Portomaso St Julian’s PTM, 01,
Malta

Faculty:
The course faculty consists of clinical and technical experts on fMRI data acquisition, analysis, and interpretation.

Please click here to see the preliminary Programme.
More information and registration: https://www.esnr.org/en/european-course-on-advanced-imaging-techniques-in-neuroradiology-1st-cycle-module-1-on-clinical-fm/registration/

The aim of the course

The aim of this course is to convey in-depth knowledge about functional MR imaging (fMRI) with a focus on clinical practice. This advanced MR neuroimaging technique is increasingly applied to the assessment of the healthy and diseased human brain and provides information about the brain’s activity. The course will offer an overview of present methodologies, functional neuroanatomy, and clinical as well as some research applications. These topics are taught using a mixture of lectures, practical data analysis sessions, and small group case discussions. Special attention is given to the interpretation of clinical cases, including results from both task-based presurgical fMRI examinations and more advanced resting-state fMRI studies.

Learning Objectives

Fundamentals of fMRI
• Physiological principles of fMRI
• Blood oxygen level dependent contrast (BOLD) MRI technique and functional MR imaging sequences
• Task-based versus resting state fMRI

Functional Anatomy
• Motor system
• Language system
• Visual system

Experimental and Paradigm Design
• Technical set-up for clinical fMRI

  • Categorical, factorial, parametric designs
  • Blocked versus event-related paradigms
    • Paradigms: development, implementation and pitfallsData Analysis
    • Spatial preprocessing
    • Statistical analysis for task-based and resting-state fMRI

 Clinical application of fMRI
• Presurgical planning of brain tumour and epilepsy patients
• Applications in psychiatric and neurodegenerative disease

• Challenges and pitfalls of fMRI in clinical practice

Registration Fees
  Early Fee Late Fee
ESNR Junior Members
ESMRMB Junior/Radiographer Members
€ 450 € 550
ESNR Full/Associate Members
ESMRMB Regular Members
€ 600 € 700
ESNR Institutional Members € 790 € 890
Non-members € 800 € 900

* Technicians and radiographers can benefit the same rates as Junior members

ESMRMB Members can benefit from the discounted member rates. Please contact ESPR 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.

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.

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.

ESOR is offering the following MR courses in 2020:

GALEN Course on MR Imaging of the Abdomen
ASKLEPIOS Course on Cardiac MR Imaging
Breast and Pelvis MR Imaging

 

eLearning Courses

Basic Course: Practical MR Physics for Clinicians, Biologists and MR Radiographers/ MR Technicians

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 selfassessment test. Thus, the course extends over a period of 6 weeks. 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.

General Information:

  • The Webinar consists of 6 Modules, each Module ist 50 mintes + 10 minutes time for questions.
  • The webinar itself will be provided on demand 2-3 days after the modules, the link will be send out after the first module. The Webinars can be watched again until 2 weeks after the last module on the ESMRMB eLearning platform.
  • To obtain a Certificate of Attendance a minumum of 3 out 6 live sessions must be attended and the Quiz at the end must be taken. This course is not CME accredited.

Date: June 2 – July 7, 2020, always starting at 17:00 (CEST)
Registration: To register for the ESMRMB Basic e Learning course please fill out and sign the registration form and send it to office@esmrmb.org

Early Registration until: May 25, 23:59 CEST

You can download the form here.

Terms and Conditions
Please click here to see the Terms and Conditions of the ESMRMB e-Learning Courses.

Learning Objectives

Module 1: The physical basis of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Part I

Jürgen Reichenbach

  • 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

Jürgen Reichenbach

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

Bernd Jung

  • 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

Module 6: MR hardware and safety aspects

Jacques Felblinger

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

Attendance at 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 sequence 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
Registration Fees

Regular fee

  Early Fee* Late Fee
ESMRMB Members** € 100 € 130
ESR Members** € 150 € 180
Non-Members € 200 € 230

*until 8 weeks prior to the course

Reduced fee***
Juniors, Radiographers, Seniors

  Early Fee* Late Fee
ESMRMB Members** € 50 € 80
ESR Members** € 80 € 110
Non-Members € 100 € 130

*until 8 weeks prior to the course

Webinars 2020

 

Educational Webinars for Radiologists and MR Radiographers/Technologists

The ESMRMB is delighted to announce the introduction of a series of interactive lectures presented by experts in magnetic resonance imaging with the opportunity to ask questions after the session. These webinars are (primarily) targeted at a clinical audience  and the content will include clinical applications in a variety of body areas. It is planned to have more advanced webinars allied to and following on from the physical ESOR MR courses described above.

The webinars are currently open for everyone. ESMRMB members will be able to view the webinar recording online at the ESMRMB website about 2-3 weeks after the webinar.

Registration for this Webinar is already closed.

Webinar 1 - Basic MR physics - concepts related to MSK / Musculoskeletal Applications

Speaker: Christian Glaser, München/DE
Date: 23.03.2020
Time: 17:00 CET

In day-to-day routine MR Imaging has to compromise between spatial resolution, signal- / contrast-resolution and imaging time. Factors influencing these parameters include patient-related (e.g. position and movement) as well as equipment-related (e.g. field strength, coils) and sequence-related aspects. Ultimately, it is our responsibility as radiologists to guide and oversee – and hence to have a basic understanding of how MR Imaging is performed and optimized to make a sustainable contribution to patient care.

Against this background the objectives of this webinar are:

to review basic principles of the concept of signal-/contrast-to-noise ratio (SNR/CNR), generating image contrast (T1-, T2-, PD-weighting) in (T)SE sequences as well as frequency based spatial encoding and chemical shift,

to reflect on how these MR-physical properties and image characteristics relate to sequence- and technical equipment parameters and how this may provide easy-to-perform options to help match image quality to the clinical question.

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