School of MRI > Courses 2017 > Advanced Neuro Imaging: Diffusion, Perfusion, Spectroscopy
Advanced Neuro Imaging: Diffusion, Perfusion, Spectroscopy

August 31-September 2, 2017

The course has been confirmed.

Course organiser:
Johan Wikström

Local organiser:
Sven Haller, Commugny/CH

Course venue:
Campus Biotech 
Chemin des Mines 9
1202 Geneva


A. Ahlgren, A. Bjornerud, S. Brockstedt, E.R. Danielsen, P. Due-Tönnesen, S. Haller, M. Koch, R. Kreis, E.M. Larsson, J. Wikström

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 convey in-depth knowledge about advanced functional MR techniques for imaging of the central nervous system. The combination of MR physics (at a level for radiologists) and clinical applications in this course provides an excellent opportunity to improve the understanding as well as the clinical interpretation of diffusion- and perfusion-MRI and MR spectroscopy. During the last decade, these techniques have matured and are now frequently incorporated into daily clinical work. Furthermore, significant progress in the development of refined techniques, such as diffusion tensor imaging, has been made during the last few years. The course will offer an overview of present methodology with clinical applications in neuroradiology, as well as promising new methods, using a mixture of lectures and small group exercises. We are happy to welcome you to this course in Geneva where European experts in the field will share their knowledge with you.

Participation requirements:

Radiologists, neuroradiologists, physicians, physicists, radiographers, MRI nurses and others who have good knowledge in MR techniques; minimum of 6 months' experience in applied MRI and/or Neuro Imaging.

Learning Objectives

Diffusion (dMRI: DWI and DTI)

•Basic mechanisms
•Isotropic diffusion
•Anisotropic diffusion
•The ADC concept
•Pulse sequences and acquisition techniques
•Diffusion tensor imaging
•Diffusion kurtosis imaging
•Introduction to axonal fibre tracking and q-space imaging
•Pitfalls, practical issues, implementation

Perfusion (pMRI or PWI)
•Basic Physiology
•Dynamic Susceptibility Contrast (DSC) methods
•Pulse sequences
•Modelling, implementation and pitfalls
•Convolution and deconvolution
•Advanced modelling, heterogeneity, leakage correction
•Arterial spin labelling (ASL)

Clinical Applications of dMRI and pMRI
•Brain tumours
•Metabolic diseases

MR Spectroscopy (MRS)
•Basic principles
•Sequences for proton spectroscopy
•Metabolite quantification
•Quality control and artefacts
•Clinical aspects

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