School of MRI > Courses 2018 > Advanced MR Imaging of the Abdomen
Advanced MR Imaging of the Abdomen

September 6-8, 2018

Course organiser:
Nicholas Gourtsoyiannis

Local organiser:
Filipe Caseiro Alves, Coimbra/PT

Course Venue:
Hotel Vila Gale Coimbra
R. Abel Dias Urbano 20
3000-001 Coimbra

L. Curvo-Semedo. M. França, N. Gourtsoyiannis, L. Marti-Bonmati, C. Matos, L.-A. Moulopoulos, N. Papanikolaou, J. C. Vilanova, G. Zamboni


Course duration:
Thursday morning – Saturday noon

The aim of this course:

The course aims to convey an in-depth knowledge about MR imaging of the abdomen. The topics covered include modern
MRI techniques and updated MR applications for diagnosing focal and diffuse liver disease as well as recent developments
in MR imaging of the pancreatic disorders and gynaecological disorders. The course also focuses on MR imaging of the GI tract, the kidneys, adrenal glands and prostate. A team of renowned teachers with expert knowledge in abdominal imaging ensures a high quality teaching programme and looks forward to welcoming you in Coimbra.

Participation requirements:

Physicians who have good knowledge in MR techniques;
minimum of 6 months experience in applied MRI of the Abdomen.

Learning Objectives

From Imaging Biomarkers to Radiomics: Technical
Aspects and Clinical Applications in the Abdomen

  • To be familiar with the principles of quantitative MRI
  • To understand the basic concepts of Imaging Biomarkers and Radiomics
  • To review established and potential clinical applications of Radiomics

MR Imaging of diffuse liver lesions

  • The role of MR imaging biomarkers of hepatic steatosis, iron overload, inflammation and fibrosis, in different diffuse liver diseases
  • To review the different MR imaging techniques to evaluate and to quantify liver steatosis, iron overload and fibrosis
  • Vascular diseases of the liver: pre-sinusoidal and postsinusoidal disorders

MR Imaging of HCC

  • To comment on the different guidelines used today in screening cirrhotic patients
  • To understand the role of MR imaging in the diagnosis and staging of HCC
  • The discuss the role of imaging in HCC grading and phenotyping using imaging biomarkers
  • To learn about the value of imaging and radiomics to assess HCC response in clinical trials

MR Imaging of Pancreatic Lesions
  • Appearance of the normal pancreas and tumours on T1-weighted sequences
  • Appearance of the normal pancreas and tumours on T2-weighted sequences with short TE
  • Enhancement patterns of focal pancreatitis versus pancreatic tumours
  • Staging of pancreatic tumours
  • Contribution of diffusion-weighted imaging

MR Enteroclysis of the Small Bowel

  • To discuss the advantages of volume challenge
  • To describe the examination protocol in detail
  • To explain the comparative merits of the multiple contrast mechanisms
  • To present normal appearances
  • To familiarise with MRE imaging findings
  • To review crohn disease activity

MR Imaging of Kidneys and Adrenal Glands
  • MRI appearance of the normal kidneys and adrenals
  • The enhancement patterns of the renal and adrenal masses
  • Characteristics of the renal tumours, including RCC, oncocytomas, angiomyolipomas etc.
  • Staging of the RCC, including the diameter of the lesions, and extra-renal and vascular extension
  • In- and opposed-phase imaging
  • Benign and malignant adrenal tumours

MRI of the Prostate

  • To learn about the multiparametric MRI of the prostate
  • To understand the role of MRI in the detection of significant prostate cancer
  • To know about image-guided biopsies of the prostate (MR- and MR/US-guided biopsies)
  • To learn about MRI in the staging of prostate cancer
  • To learn about MRI on tumor recurrence and follow-up MR Imaging in Diagnosing and Staging of Ovarian Cancer
  • Chose the appropriate imaging modality for characterising an ovarian mass - what is bad?
  • Learn MRI protocols for imaging ovarian masses.
  • Learn how to stage ovarian cancer - where to look, what to look for.
  • Learn when neoadjuvant chemotherapy is indicated for newly diagnosed ovarian cancer patients.

MR Imaging of Anorectal Cancer

  • To understand the role of MRI for primary staging and restaging of rectal cancer
  • To know the imaging risk factors that influence treatment approach in patients with rectal cancer
  • To learn how to interpret MR for primary staging and to be aware of potential pitfalls in interpretation
  • To know how to interpret MR imaging features that arise following preoperative chemo-radiotherapy, including the
  • main pitfalls
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