School of MRI > Courses 2017 > Advanced MR Imaging of the Abdomen
Advanced MR Imaging of the Abdomen

September 14-16, 2017

Course organiser:
Nicholas Gourtsoyiannis

Local organiser:
Giuseppe Brancatelli, Palermo/IT

Course venue:

Sezione di Scienze Radiologiche
Policlinico Universitario
University of Palermo
Via del Vespro, 127
90127 Palermo

L. Blomqvist, G. Brancatelli, J. Futterer, N. Gourtsoyiannis, C. Matos, N. Papanikolaou, R. Pozzi-Mucelli, M. Ronot, A. Sahdev

Please click here to download the programme of the course.

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 Palermo.

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

Learning Objectives

Diffusion-Weighted Imaging & MR Perfusion Studies: Clinical Applications in the Abdomen
•To be familiar with the principles of diffusion & perfusion MRI
•To be familiar with the technical aspects related to diffusion & perfusion MRI
•To be aware of the additional information these techniques provide in clinical practice

MR Imaging of Focal Lesions in the Non Cirrhotic Liver

•To know the frequent and rare focal liver lesions developed on non-cirrhotic liver
•To understand the role of MRI in diagnostic strategies
•To understand the concept of non-invasive characteriszation of lesion
•Role of in- and opposed phase imaging
•Role of diffusion-weighted sequences
•Role of hepatospecific contrast agents

MR Imaging of Focal Lesions in the Cirrhotic Liver

• to be able to discuss the process of hepatocarcinogenesis
• to understand the vascular changes of nodules undergoing malignant transformation
• to present current knowledge to characterise nodules    
• to recall the most frequent lesions occurring in the cirrhotic liver other than hepatocellular carcinoma

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

MR Imaging in Diagnosing and Staging of Ovarian Cancer
•To be able to describe radiological findings of OC
•To be able to differentiate the most common pathologies mimicking cancer
•To be able to describe tips and pitfalls in imaging
•To be able to stage ovarian cancer
•To identify findings associated with in-operability

MR Imaging of Rectal Cancer
•To understand the role of MRI for staging and restaging of rectal cancer
•To learn about the imaging features relevant for clinical decision making
•To understand potential pitfalls in interpretation

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