Welcome to this new joint course in collaboration with ESMRMB – European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology!

The course will be organized in cycles repeating every 2 years. Each cycle consists of 4 modules of 2 to 3 days each.

This module 2 will be on fMRI and will be held as a live onsite meeting on 3-5 November 2022.

The aim of this course is to convey in-depth knowledge about functional fMRI (both task-related and resting fMRI). Both variants are used extensively in clinical practice, but at the same time are highly dependent on acquisition and post-processing which affects interpretation. Additionally, clinical situations such as peritumoral edema, may interfere with fMRI signal. This course module is organized along the main diseases in which these techniques are used most frequently: presurgical tumor mapping, epilepsy, neurodegeneration. In this way, technical and clinical aspects are addressed jointly, providing a profound insight on how to best tailor imaging protocols to specific clinical questions, and how to interpret findings in the context of a specific imaging technique. These topics are taught using a mixture of lectures, case-based workshops, and panel discussions.

Learning Objectives:

  • to know the technical background of the different fMRI techniques (task-related fMRI, resting fMRI)
  • to know the differences between the various types of resting fMRI (seed based, ICA, atlas based, etc)
  • to know the differences between static and dynamic resting fMRI
  • to interpret fMRI results in the clinical setting
  • to know how clinical situations (e.g. perifocal brain edema) may affect fMRI, and to know how this can be addressed (e.g. vascular reserve mapping)
  • to understand clinical fMRI in common clinical settings (pre-operative tumor mapping, epilepsy surgery evaluation)

Course Directors:

ESNR: Sven Haller
ESMRMB: Marion Smits

Participation Requirements:

The course is taught at the advanced level and builds on the ECNR as well as the ESMRMB School of MRI programmes. Participants are physicians with good knowledge of MRI techniques in a clinical neuroradiological context as well as technicians, radiographers and scientist with clinical interest.