School of MRI > Courses 2018 > Advanced Head and Neck MR Imaging
Advanced Head and Neck MR Imaging

May 24 -26, 2018

Course Organiser:
David Farina

Local Organiser:
Heidi B. Eggesbo, Oslo/NO

Course Venue:
Oslo University Hospital, Ullevål,

Kirkeveien 166
0450 Oslo

Preliminary Faculty:
T. Beale, C. Czerny, F. de Keyzer, M. de Win D. Farina, T. Ferreira, R. Maroldi, S. Qureshi, B. Schuknecht, B. Verbist

Course duration:
Thursday morning – Saturday noon

Preliminary Programme:
Please click here to download the programme of the course.

The aim of this course:

The aim of this course is to offer an in-depth knowledge of current MR imaging techniques for the diagnosis of head and
neck lesions. The course will provide the participant with an update on fundamental and advanced sequence protocols to
image the different head and neck regions. A comprehensive coverage of the MR signal of the normal tissues will give the
preliminary basis for head and neck anatomy. We will focus on imaging strategies, recent developments and specific MR findings to characterise head and neck congenital, inflammatory, benign and malignant diseases. Special emphasis will be
placed on differential diagnosis and on grading tumour extent.

The course will provide a combination of lectures and case based interactive teaching in small groups.

Participation requirements:
Physicians who have good knowledge in MR techniques; minimum of 6 months experience in applied Head and Neck MRI.

Learning Objectives

Basic and Advanced MR Imaging Techniques
  • DW Imaging: Low b, high b, ADC map low ADC vs high ADC
  • IVIM DW derived perfusion-fraction Imaging (D*)
  • Which sequences on head and neck on 3T?
  • 3T Isotropic and non-isotropic high-res imaging
  • DCE-MR: Which use in the head and neck?
  • Isotropic T1w and T2w imaging at 1.5T

MR Imaging of the Sinonasal Tract
  • Functional anatomy of the sinonasal tract
  • Aggressive inflammatory diseases
  • Benign and malignant neoplastic lesions; feasibility of
  • endonasal surgery. Grading of skull base and orbital
  • invasion.

MR Imaging of the the Skull Base
  • Anatomy of the anterior, middle and posterior skull base.
  • Anatomy of the cavernous sinus and Meckel’s cave
  • Benign and malignant neoplastic lesions: MRI signal and growth pattern

MR Imaging of the Orbit
  • Anatomy and imaging techniques
  • Extra-ocular vascular lesions: cavernous hemangioma, lymphatic malformations, varices, AV malformations
  • Inflammatory pseudotumour, lymphoma and orbital metastasis
  • Thyroid ophthalmopathy: MR Imaging MR Imaging of the Nasopharynx and Parapharyngeal Space
  • Anatomy of the nasopharyngeal walls and parapharyngeal space
  • Staging nasopharyngeal neoplasms
  • Differential diagnosis of submucosal masses
  • MR patterns of pre- and post-styloid masses

MR Imaging of the Oral Cavity and Oropharynx
  • Anatomy of the oral cavity and oropharynx
  • MR examination of the cooperative & uncooperative patient
  • The submucosal mass
  • Patterns of growth of malignant neoplasms
  • Key information and MR most frequent pitfalls

Surface Coil MR Imaging of the Larynx and Hypopharynx
  • How to image the larynx and hypopharynx: tips and tricks
  • Which sequences? Which study planes?
  • New insights on muscles and fat spaces: high-res anatomy
  • How to recognise edema of fat, muscles and cartilage

MR Imaging of Temporal Bone
  • middle ear, mastoid and petrous apex
  • MRI of cholesteatoma: DWI imaging
  • Petrous apex lesions (and leave-me alone lesions)
  • Infections, benign and malignant masses

MR Imaging of Temporal Bone: inner ear and CPA Lesions
  • MR anatomy of VII and VIII cranial nerves. The normal membranous labyrinth. Landmarks for the jugular foramen
  • Imaging temporal bone and CPA lesions. 3D T2 sequences
  • Inner ear malformations: is cochlear implant feasible? Neuro-vascular conflict. Detecting the recurrent cholesteatoma

MR Imaging of Lymph Nodes and Lumps in the Neck
  • Imaging techniques to detect and characterise neck nodes.

Which role for DWI?
  • Retrolatero-pharyngeal and parotid nodes
  • MR of cystic, vascular and solid masses in the neck
  • The unknown primary. Is MR imaging useful?

MR Imaging of Major and Minor Salivary Glands
  • MR anatomy of key landmarks
  • Fat sat sequences, DCE-MR and DWI imaging.

MR Sialography
  • Distinguishing parapharyngeal from parotid gland 'deep lobe' tumours

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