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King's College London Course on Simultaneous PET-MR: Science and Practice 2017


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COURSE DESCRIPTION
First day (participants separated according to background)
Either
• MR basic physics, sequences, reconstruction, analysis; applications for brain, heart and cancer
Or:
• PET basic chemistry, physics/acquisition, reconstruction, analysis; applications for brain, heart and cancer

Second and third days: PET-MR
• Visits to either a PET or MR scanner, and then a PET-MR scanner
• History, current state-of-the-art instrumentation
• PET-MR specific MR sequences
• Practicalities
• Data correction (attenuation, motion)
• PET-MR specific image reconstruction and processing
• Reading of clinical scans with the experts
• Full quantification of dynamic data
• PET-MR of heart, brain, and cancer
• Active learning and workshops



HOW IS COURSE TAUGHT?
There will be lectures, one practical session with scanner visits, three interactive Active Learning sessions, a workshop, and a session on reading scans together with clinicians.


OTHER RELATED COURSES

If you are more interested in PET as such, rather than PET-MR, there is a three-day course “PET: Technology and Applications” run by Tony Gee, usually in April. This covers the whole process of PET, and for example goes much more into detail about cyclotrons and radiochemistry in addition to the application domains.
           
If you are interested in principles and practice of quantitative (kinetic) PETanalysis, there is a three-day course “Experimental design and practical data analysis in Positron Emission Tomography”, run by Federico Turkheimer, usually in March and November. This is the right course to learn all about kinetic modeling and full quantitation, a theme we only touch upon.
         
For those interested in PET-MR of the brain, more in-depth knowledge of anatomy may be useful. Alexander Hammers runs a one-day course on “Neuroanatomy for imagers” twice a year, usually in February and November.
      
Other courses at King’s cover for example cardiac MRI – check the Short Courses web page.



WHAT WILL I GET OUT OF IT?
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to demonstrate understanding for PET or MR (whichever the modality they were not familiar with before), the principles of PET-MR, its clinical and scientific uses, with knowledge of opportunities and limitations.

WHO IS IT FOR?

The course is designed with the goal of conveying advances in this technique to all interested professionals. While currently there is a rapid growth of interest in PET-MR, with industrial and government investment, there is a skills shortage in terms of those sufficiently familiar with both modalities (PET and MR) and therefore able to exploit the truly novel aspects of these simultaneous scanners.
        
   
This course will be suitable for professionals already within industry, academic, and healthcare sectors who want to enhance their knowledge, increase their skill set, and mix with other industrialists and academics.
             
There will be ample opportunity to start building up networks of contacts, information and knowledge, and the course will be particularly relevant to scientists, clinicians, and industry representatives, working on the forefront of medical imaging science and with an interest to learn more about PET-MR.