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The infraNET Project,
Lawson Health Research Institute and
Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research

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Standardized MR Imaging of the Brain:
A Global Approach to Study Disease 


E. Mark Haacke, Ph.D.

Director, The MRI Institute for Biomedical Research, Detroit
Director, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Facility, Detroit
Professor, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University
Associate Chair, School of Medicine, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Wayne State University

Wednesday, September 24, 2008
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Davis Centre, Room 1302
University of Waterloo

Seminar Series Sponsors
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
McKesson Information Solutions
Healthcare Information Management and Communications Canada

Presentation Archive 2008

Magnetic resonance imaging is a wonderful tool for non-invasively investigating the anatomy and function of the human body in vivo. In a sense, with MRI We can listen to the music that our body plays while we are getting scanned. In this presentation, we will give an overview of how MRI works and some examples of MRI throughout the body, but we will focus on imaging the brain.  Specifically, we will look at a new method called susceptibility weighted imaging (SWI). This 3D phase enhanced imaging method shows increased sensitivity in the detection of venous blood and blood products, such as clots or hemorrhages and iron in the form of ferritin. SWI has a variety of clinical applications including: aging, multiple sclerosis, stroke, trauma and tumors. We will also discuss the adoption of a standardized SWI based neuroimaging protocol. This international project is being run through NICE (Neurovascular Imaging Center of Excellence) and offers those involved an opportunity to contribute to a disease specific database. Sites so far are in China, India, United States and hopefully soon in Canada.

About the Speaker
E. Mark Haacke, PhD, is a world renowned physicist and a pioneer in MR angiography, fast imaging and cardiovascular imaging. He has focused on unified scientific and educational efforts in the field both from a research perspective (as the author of MRI: Physical Principals and Sequence Design and an editor of the first text in MR Angiography with Dr. James Potchen) and clinical applications perspective (as the editor of Current Protocols in MRI). He is the Director of the Imaging Program in the School for Biomedical Engineering, them Director of the MRI Institute for Biomedical Research, the Director of the MR Research Facility at Wayne State University, a Professor of Radiology and Biomedical Engineering at Wayne State University and Adjunct Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, McMaster University. Prof. Haacke was awarded the Gold Medal of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine in 2004. Training people in the field is critical. Prof. Haacke has personally trained over 50 students, post-docs, engineers, clinical fellows and research fellows.

For more information
Shirley Fenton
Managing Director, WIHIR
University of Waterloo
(519) 888-4074

Seminar Hosts
This seminar is hosted by the Waterloo Institute for Health Informatics Research (WIHIR) and The infraNET Project, University of Waterloo.

The infraNET Project, initiated by the University of Waterloo in 1996, is a partnership to advance Web and Internet technologies. Its founding partners were: LivePage (now part of Oracle), MKS, Open Text, RIM, Sybase (Waterloo) and Waterloo Maple.

We also gratefully acknowledge the assistance of the Institute for Computer Research, University of Waterloo.