School of MRI > Courses 2017 > Clinical fMRI & DTI - Theory and Practice
Clinical fMRI & DTI - Theory and Practice

June 15-17, 2017
The course has been confirmed.

Course organiser:
Alexander Leemans

Local organiser:
Antonio Bastos Leite, Porto/PT

Course venue:
Center for Health Technology and Services Research
Piso 2, edifício nascente
Rua Dr. Plácido da Costa, s/n
4200-450 Porto

A. Bastos-Leite, V. Giampietro, D. Jones, A. Leemans, S. Lehéricy, R. Peeters, G. Ridgway, S. Rombouts, M. Smits, S. Wastling, S. Williams

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 functional MR imaging (fMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), with a focus on clinical practice. These advanced MR neuroimaging techniques are increasingly applied to the study of the healthy and diseased human brain and provide information about the brain’s activity and its connections. The course will offer an overview of present methodologies, an update about functional anatomy and an overview of clinical as well as some research applications. These topics are taught using a mixture of lectures and small group exercises. In addition, a practical session on a 3T MR system performing fMRI studies in healthy volunteers complements the taught elements of the course. Finally, special attention is given to the (clinical) interpretation of specific cases, including results from both routine presurgical fMRI examinations and more advanced fMRI (group) studies. We are happy to welcome you to this course in Porto.

Participation requirements:
Physicians and MR radiographers/technicians with good knowledge of MR techniques; minimum of 3 months' experience in applied MR imaging and/or fMRI or DTI.

Learning Objectives

Basics of fMRI

•Physiological principles of fMRI
•Blood oxygen level dependent contrast (BOLD) MR technique and imaging sequences
•Resting state fMRI

Basics of DTI
•Physiological principles of anisotropic diffusion
•DTI technique and imaging sequences
•Concepts of quantification of white matter integrity
•Concepts of fibre tractography

Experimental and Paradigm Design
•Technical set-up for fMRI
•Categorical, factorial, parametric designs
•Blocked versus event-related paradigms
•Paradigms: development, implementation and pitfalls

Data Analysis
•Spatial preprocessing
•Statistical analysis
•Fibre tractography

Functional Anatomy
•Motor system
•Language system
•Visual system
•Auditory system
•Applications and (clinical) interpretation

Presurgical fMRI/DTI
•Risk estimation in brain tumour patients
•Combining fMRI and DTI in brain tumour patients
•Challenges and pitfalls

fMRI/DTI in Psychiatry
•Applications in psychiatric disease
•Pharmacological fMRI

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