In-depth MRI techniques and analysis in multiple sclerosis

from 29/03/2021 until 31/03/2021

Today the role of MRI in multiple sclerosis (MS) is well established. It is undeniable that MRI
is required for establishing the diagnosis, evaluating prognosis and monitoring treatment
complications. Although competence and knowledge of qualitative neuroradiological
metrics are increasingly growing among neurologists interested in MS, there is still a need
to promote a deeper understanding of the applications, limits and possibilities of this tool
to improve the quality of the care. Additionally, quantitative MRI (i.e. lesion load and brain
volume calculation) approaches, as well as advanced neuroimaging tools, are widely
used in research, but are not diffusely applied in clinical settings, which will improve the
quantification of prognosis and the individualization of treatment approach.

The Scientific Seminars education approach reinforces concepts from different angles,
using a multi-format, multi-discipline and multi-profession approach to progressive
learning and access to a network of experts. The aim of this digital learner-centered
program is to increase knowledge and competence in the field of neuroimaging applied
to MS. This program will address the most recent updates in quantitative and qualitative
MRI techniques and in advanced neuroimaging. A multistep approach will be used,
encompassing web-based and live activities. All activities – in- person and online –
will involve the full interactivity of learners. The hybrid Preceptorship format has been
designed to cover both the theoretical and practical aspects of MRI in MS. This will be
integrated with the discussion of several clinical cases related to different aspects of the
disease. Some of these clinical cases will guide the participants to a proper diagnosis in
patients presenting with a first clinical attack, by integrating clinical, laboratory and MRI
information. Others will help to a timely identification of red-flags, useful for the differential
diagnosis of MS mimickers. Finally, decision making cases in the context of treatment
monitoring and treatment switches will be presented.

By attending this program, participants will be able to:
• Identify the main MRI markers corresponding to specific MS histopathological damage
• Define the main MRI metrics used for estimating prognosis and evaluating treatment
• Enumerate advantages and limits of the imaging techniques currently under
development for investigating MS-related damage

This program is designed for young clinicians and scientists currently involved in MS
management as well as radiologists interested in MS.

  • 29 Mar 2021 until 31 Mar 2021

    In-depth MRI techniques and analysis in multiple sclerosis