School of MRI > Courses 2017 > Advanced MR Imaging in Paediatric Radiology
Advanced MR Imaging in Paediatric Radiology

September 7-9, 2017


Course organiser:
Fred Avni

Local organiser:
Fred Avni, Lille/FR

Course venue:
Faculté de Médecine Henri Warembourg
Pôle Formation
59045 Lille-Cedex

F. Avni, S.F. Franchi-Abella, P. Humphries, J. Lefaivre, O. Olsen, L.-S. Ording Muller, M. Panuel, P. Petit, A. Smets, E. Vazquez Mendez

Course duration:
Thursday morning – Saturday noon

Please click here to download the programme of the course.

The aim of this course:

With this course, we intend to familiarise the attendees with MR Imaging in children so that the indications would be better understood and the examinations optimised. The ten topics that have been chosen cover most of nowadays indications. Experienced lecturers have been chosen according to their technical and pedagogic skills.

Participation requirements:

Physicians and MR radiographers/technicians who have good knowledge of MR techniques; minimum of 6 months' experience in Paediatric Radiology.

Learning Objectives

Paediatric MRI - Physics and Technique:

•To identify the main physical principles underpinning practical clinical MRI in children
•To discuss the usefulness of specific sequences, weightings and imaging planes in body imaging

MRI of the Digestive Tract:
•To illustrate basic and advanced MRI applications in the pediatric abdomen focusing on MRI-enterography
•To discuss indications and pitfalls
•To describe the potential and use of specific sequences in the bowel and abdomen

MRI of the Urogenital System:

•To discuss appropriate sequences and techniques for urological and genital imaging
•To discuss where MRI can add value in urogenital imaging
•To highlight difficult areas and pitfalls

Fetal MRI:
•To revisit what we need to know from fetal development, anatomy and physiology
•To discuss the best indications and sequences of fetal MR imaging
•To illustrate anomalies affecting the fetal brain, chest and abdomen

Oncology MRI and Full Body Applications:

•To describe the advantages and disadvantages of MRI compared to CT for oncology imaging
•To discuss the role of MRI in paediatric tumour staging and response assessment
•To discuss the concept of whole body MR imaging in paediatrics

Hepatobiliary MRI:
•To illustrate MR applications in the paediatric liver, including biliary tract evaluation and liver tumour imaging
•To address specific technical challenges for liver and biliary imaging in neonates and infants
•To address limitations of MR and the role of other imaging for hepatobiliary diseases

Neuro MRI 1 (tumours, differential diagnoses and techniques):
•To describe the role of advanced MRI in assessing pediatric tumors of the brain and the spinal cord in children
•To illustrate the most specific MRI findings in each particular tumor and its main differential diagnosis
•To review the role of these advanced MRI techniques in monitoring treatment response and prognosis

Neuro MRI 2 (neonatal imaging and congenital anomalies):
•To learn the increasing role of MRI as an essential tool either in the acute setting of term neonates with hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy and similar conditions, as well as in the research field, for prognosis of neurodevelopmental outcome in preterm neonates.
•To illustrate the technical advances in spectroscopy, diffusion tensor imaging, perfusion imaging, functional MR imaging, as well as the use of higher magnetic field strengths that make MRI an invaluable tool for deeper evaluation of the developing brain.
•To review some logistic challenges and safety concerns specifically related to neonatal MRI (higher magnetic field, transporting, monitoring considerations, etc.)

MSK 1 (infection/inflammation):
•To describe relevant techniques and sequences for the assessment of infectious and inflammatory disorders of the musculoskeletal system
•To discuss the current state of the art in imaging juvenile inflammatory disorders, including potential pitfalls
•To describe the added value in MR imaging compared to conventional imaging for the assessment of infectious musculoskeletal pathologies

MSK 2 (MRI in skeletal trauma and look-alikes in children)
•To discuss the main indications of MR imaging in skeletal trauma
•To provide the audience with the clues for the differential diagnosis and diagnosis "not to miss"
•To discuss technical optimization of MRI in MSK


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