A MedTech West seminar: Microstructure imaging with diffusion MRI

Introduced by professor Stephan Maier, Department of Radiology at Sahlgrenska University hospital

Presented by Torben Schneider, research associate at University College London

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is typically used to identifying the macroscopic damage in spinal cord injury (SCI), but it provides little detail about the microscopically changes associated with the injury. Diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) is sensitive to the microstructural environment of water molecules, and therefore it provides unique insight into the tissue on a micrometer scale. In the first part of this talk I will present how established DWI methods such as DTI can be used to infer microstructural features in the healthy spinal cord and how it can be applied in spinal cord disease such as Multiple Sclerosis or traumatic SCI. In the second part of my talk I will describe the challenges of using new DWI techniques such as ActiveAx and NODDI in the spinal cord, to improve specificity to microstructural parameters of interest e.g. axon diameter, axon density and dispersion.


Date: September 24, 2014
Time: 11:30-12:15 (-13:00 incl lunch)
Room: At the New MedTech West House, Röda stråket 10B, Sahlgrenska University Hospital

Register by sending an email to seminars@medtechwest.se. Last day to register to receive the light lunch is Sep 22. A light lunch will be served afterwards to registered participants. Please write “MTW seminar September 24” in the subject line.