School of MRI > Courses 2017 > Advanced Head & Neck MR Imaging
Advanced Head & Neck MR Imaging

November 16-18, 2017
St. Julian's/MT

This course has been confirmed.

Course organiser:
Roberto Maroldi

Local organiser:
Edith Vassallo, Msida/MT

Course Venue:
Marina Hotel Corinthia Beach Resort
St. George's Bay
St. Julian's STJ 3301

Preliminary faculty:
T. Beale, M. de Win, C. Czerny, F. de Keyzer, D. Farina, R. Maroldi, B. Schuknecht, A. Trojanowska, B. Verbist

Course duration:
Thursday morning – Saturday noon

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

MR Imaging of the Sinonasal Tract and the Skull Base

• MR anatomy of the anterior skull base floor, orbit, pterygopalatine fossa, cavernous sinus and Meckel’s cave
• MR examination of the sinonasal tract and anterior skull base
• Polypoid masses. Feasibility of endonasal surgery. Grading skull base invasion. MR in predicting orbit preservation

MR Imaging of the Nasopharynx and Parapharyngeal Space
• MR anatomy of the nasopharyngeal walls and parapharyngeal space
• How to study the nasopharynx and parapharyngeal space lesions
• Differential diagnosis of submucosal masses
• MR patterns of pre- and post-styloid masses
• Staging nasopharyngeal neoplasms

MR Imaging of the Oropharynx and Oral Cavity
• MR anatomy of key oral cavity structures
• MR strategies to image flaps and post-treatment changes
• Role of DCE-MR and DWI imaging
• Role of MR in detecting mandible invasion.
  Perineural spread and bone invasion

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

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 Lymph Nodes and Lumps in the Neck
• Imaging techniques to detect and characterise neck nodes. Which role for
• Retrolatero-pharyngeal and parotid nodes
• MR of cystic, vascular and solid masses in the neck
• The unknown primary. Is MR imaging useful?

MR Imaging Techniques and Assessment in the Follow up of Cancer
• The timing of MR follow up and the integration with Molecular Imaging
• How to tune an effective Imaging protocol in the treated patient
• Tissue changes due to therapy and the correspondant patterns on MR
• MR follow up and the assessment of the feasibility of salvage therapy for
   recurrent tumor

MR Imaging of Temporal Bone 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
• DWI imaging
• Inner ear malformations: is cochlear implant feasible? Neuro-vascular
   conflict. Detecting the recurrent cholesteatoma

MR Imaging of the Orbit
• MR 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
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