Please visit http://www.asnr.org/2014/workshop/ for details. The workshops are intended to provide a hands-on experience that allows participants to translate knowledge learned at the ASNR meeting into direct experience that will enable them to perform these studies when they return to their practices.
See below for the workshop schedule and course descriptions:
Practical fMRI and Diffusion Tractography (Hands-on Workshop)
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Sunday, May 18, 2014, 8:00am – 5:00pm
During most MRI procedures, there is no need for interaction between the administrator of the test and the patient. The situation is quite the opposite in functional MRI (fMRI), where the neurological status of the patient must be assessed; an appropriate paradigm must be selected based on the neurological assessment and prior MRI examinations. Further, the paradigm must be delivered to and successfully performed by the patient while in the MRI machine. In addition, there is a rather complicated analysis of the fMRI and diffusion tractography data, which must be performed and assessed. How to properly perform these tasks is often not addressed during residency and fellowship training or in annual scientific society meetings.
Beginner to Intermediate BOLD Functional MRI (Hands-on Workshop)
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 10:00am – 5:00pm
This workshop will provide a practical step-by-step post-processing of clinical BOLD fMRI pre-surgical brain mapping of eloquent corteses with SPM8 software and data presentation. This activity is intended to educate neuroradiologists, neuroradiology fellows, physicists, clinical psychologists and MR technologists. The workshop is intended for those with beginner to intermediate level of fMRI experience.
Attendees should, at the completion of this workshop, be able to perform the following:
–Preprocessing of BOLD fMRI-Realignment/Coregistration, Spatial Normalization, Smoothing
–Single Subject Analysis-Model Specification, Model Estimation, and Visualization of the BOLD data
Registrations are required to bring to the workshop their own laptop with a minimum 2G of RAM and 10G of hard disk space. The machines should have preloaded SPM8 and MATLAB software prior to the workshop. DICOM BOLD fMRI practice data sets will be available at the workshop. All registrants will be given instructions on downloading SPM8 and the 15-day free MATLAB license prior to the workshop.