CTSI and Center for Magnetic Resonance Research to host national conference
CTSI announces a conference entitled “Toward the Clinical Translation of Ultra-High Field MRI” on Nov. 18-19, 2019.
The event, which is jointly hosted with the University’s Center of Magnetic Resonance Research, brings together clinicians and scientists from across the national CTSA network, which is comprised of more than 50 medical research institutions across the country.
It will appeal to clinical investigators who currently use or anticipate using ultra-high field imaging in their clinical practice, individuals with interests in the clinical application of ultra-high field imaging, and early career investigators with a dual interest in ultra-high field imaging and the management of a particular clinical problem.
The continued development and availability of ultra-high field MRI systems along with recent FDA approval of 7T MRI for head and knee imaging creates the timely opportunity for a discussion among imaging centers about how this technology can positively impact clinical care. Identifying key clinical applications and developing workflows to integrate sometimes complex methods into the mainstream requires a dedicated focus of leading imaging centers currently involved in high field imaging, as well as those individuals interested in exploring and demonstrating its potential to improve patient outcomes.
The goals of the meeting include:
- Identifying the promise of ultra-high field MRI at addressing unmet clinical needs.
- Highlighting the current and future technologies required to fully exploit 7T in addressing these applications.
- Beginning to discuss the cost-benefit question, “Will the availability of 7T improve clinical outcomes?”
This conference and collaboration with the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research are central to one of CTSI’s overarching goals to contribute unique University of Minnesota resources to the national CTSA network. As part of the University of Minnesota’s CTSA award, grant UL1TR002494, CTSI and CMRR are working together to further educate the workforce that uses and supports imaging. They are also collaborating with investigators across the CTSA program to catalyze development use of new imaging tools to solve problems and support the development of new tools and collaborations involving magnetic resonance technology in clinical research to advance diagnosis and/or disease management.