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This page captures the Training Activities in the NCIGT U41.

Year 4 Time Period (June 1, 2008-May 30, 2009)

(these items need to be ordered reverse chronologically)

  1. NCIGT faculty (led by Drs. Panych and Madore) continue to hold weekly 2-hr pulse programming workshop for MR physics researchers.
  2. May 2008, Symposium with Insightec on FUS in moving organs. Larry Panych gave a talk on new temperature mapping approaches, Bruno Madore gave a talk on issues involved in using parallel imaging for temperature mapping, and Gary Zientara gave a talk on using optical flow for monitoring thermal therapies
  3. June 2008, Bob Mulkern, MGH Resident Lecture Series, Boston, Basic Physics of Making an MR Image – and Dealing with that term bandwidth
  4. June 2008, Bruno Madore, BWH Physics Course for Neuroradiology Residents, Lecture on MR angiography/venography
  5. June 2008 and April 2009, Bruno Madore, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Lecture on ultrasound imaging
  6. July.08, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Radiology residents and fellows, Course on MRI Physics. The following NCIGT investigators presented: Larry Panych on the Basic Principles of MRI from a Physics Perspective, Bruno Madore on Fast Imaging and Bob Mulkern on Contrast Mechanisms.
  7. August 2008, Bob Mulkern, Board Review Preparation lectures, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA, Basic MR Physics I, II, and III
  8. September 2008, Bob Mulkern, SMRT Southeast Regional Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, Basic Physics of Making an MR Image – and Dealing with that term bandwidth
  9. November 2008, Scott Hoge, BWH Radiology Fellows Seminar Series, Parallel Imaging Tutorial
  10. November 2008, Larry Panych, SMRT New England Regional Meeting, Boston, talk on Basic Principles of MRI
  11. Harvard Medical School, Course: Core Radiology Clerkship RD500M.23. December 2008, Seung-Schik Yoo gave a talk on Basics of functional MRI and February 2009, Larry Panych gave a talk on MR physics and applications as part of the course.
  12. (Dates needed) Slicer tutorial over phone for the graduate students at Shanghai Jiaotong University, China.
  13. (Dates needed) Slicer tutorial for the researchers at Nagoya Institute of Technology, Japan and helped integrate Slicer onto their research platforms.
  14. Oct 17, 2008, Nobuhiko Hata, Role of Image Processing, Navigation and Robots in MRI-guided Intervention, Robarts Institute, University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada [Seminar]
  15. Oct 15-16, Nobuhiko Hata, Hands on Workshop for NA-MIC tool kit Robarts Institute, University of Western Ontario, Ontario, Canada
  16. Oct 22, 2008, Nobuhiko Hata, Role of Image Processing, Navigation and Robots in MRI-guided Intervention, Bioimaging Sciences Division, Department of Radiology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Heaven, CT [Seminar]
  17. March 19, William Wells, Lecture in MIT course HST-582: Medical Image Modalities.
  18. March 5, 2009, William Wells, Lecture at BU: Modeling and Representation in Medical Image Analysis
  19. November 20, 2008, Annual NCIGT Retreat

Year 3 (June 1, 2007-May 30, 2008)

Since its inception, the Center has provided partial funding for 23 postdoctoral fellows. They are mentored by the Core PIs through regular meetings, research discussions, and participation in scientific conferences and have the opportunity to attend various training courses and seminars offered regularly at the BWH. In addition to those funded directly by the Center, our group has provided training to 78 research fellows and students who are not directly supported by the Center.

  • Spring 2008: NCIGT Faculty to teach/outreach at HST Course on Imaging Biophysiscs and Clinical Applications Dr. Wells lectured as part of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), course entitled Biomedical Signal and Image Processing (http://web.mit.edu/6.555/www/)
  • CME Course: MRI Lecture Series, Held Third Thursday of the Month, 2-3pm, Abrahams Conference Room. Co-Directors: Janice Fairhurst, B.S.,R.T.(R)(MR), Hiroto Hatabu, M.D., Ph.D.
  • CME Course on Medscape: UF005 paper, Clare Tempany, Nathan McDannold.
  • March 2008: Drs. Hata, Kikinis, and Tempany lectured as part of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST), course entitled Imaging Biophysics and Clinical Applications. (http://stellar.mit.edu/S/course/HST/sp08/HST.563/)
  • March 2008: Dr. Hata provided 3D Slicer IGT training through phone and Skype to researchers at Shanghai Jiaotong University, China.
  • March 2008: Drs. Hata and Tokuda conducted a web-based tutorial on a device communication library, NaviTrack, for Johns Hopkins and Acoustic Med Systems
  • May 2007: Dr. Hata presented Navigational Aids for MR Image-guided Interventions Education Course on MR Interventions: A Hands-on Approach at the International Society on MR in Medicine, Berlin, Germany.

Year 2 (June 1, 2006-May 30, 2007)

The Training activities are on track in their progress in Year 2 of the U41 NCIGT. Key training activities in the Center are detailed below.

  • Since its inception, the Center has provided partial funding for 21 postdoctoral fellows. They are mentored by the Core PIs through regular meetings, research discussions, and participation in scientific conferences. They have the opportunity to attend various training courses and seminars offered regularly at the BWH. In addition to those funded directly by the Center, our group has provided training to over 40 research fellows and students who are not directly supported by the Center. U41:Trainees_and_Visitors
  • Tutorial materials were created for Slicer IGT modules and the SIGN and placed as resources for public dissemination on the Center website. (http://www.ncigt.org/resources/index.html). In addition, three training workshops for Slicer were held in Boston and Washington, DC, in conjunction with the NA-MIC and the NAC.
  • In Year 2, the Imaging Core initiated several NCIGT-based training activities. These included: a weekly pulse sequence programming workshop to educate students, fellows and new faculty on MRI PSD programming; a bi-weekly IGT journal club meeting; a regular presentation given by students and fellows on new literature articles related to IGT; and a bi-weekly physics seminar at which local and invited speakers present on research in MR physics.
  • The FUS Core PIs chaired the 5th International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound, and jointly edited the proceedings for the meeting: “Therapeutic Ultrasound: Proceedings of the 5th International Symposium on Therapeutic Ultrasound,” (ISBN : 073540321X) Clement, McDannold, Hynynen, Editors.
  • Several NCIGT Core PIs/investigators took a lead role at the Association of University Radiologists' (AUR) meeting in April 2007 in Denver. Along with Jonathan Lewin, Noby Hata co-hosted the first-ever collaboration with AUR and MICCAI entitled "Radiology and Technology: Opportunities at the Interdisciplinary Edge." Invited faculty included Drs. Clare Tempany and Simon DiMaio.
  • NCIGT investigators also took a lead role in training at the 2007 International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) meeting in Berlin in May 2007. An Interventional MRI hands-on symposium was co-chaired by Drs. Tempany and Claudia Hillenbrand. Invited faculty included Drs. Nathan McDannold and Noby Hata. Dr. Jolesz was invited to give a plenary lecture in the Interventional MRI session entitled "The Future of IGT." Janice Fairhurst, R.T., and Angela Kanan, R.N., played significant roles in the SMRT technologist training session on "MR safety during MR-guided intervention." Janice Fairhurst, R.T., specifically lectured on Imaging and Navigation for Interventional procedures.
  • At RSNA 2007, NCIGT leaders are also invited faculty at important refresher courses. Dr. Tempany will be presenting a lecture titled "Image Guided Thermal Therapy of Uterine Fibroids" as part of the Categorical Course in Diagnostic Radiology Physics entitled Imaging Technologies in Oncology, chaired by Dr. John Hazle. She will also be presenting a lecture titled "MR Intervention for Dummies" as part of the MR Minicourse, Optimize your Body MR Practice-From Safety to Protocol Design: 3T Body MR Imaging and Intervention.
  • Janice Fairhurst, R.T., hosted and will continue to host a monthly MR lecture for CME and CEU credit for BWH Radiology's doctors, residents, fellows, and technicians.

Year 1 (June 1, 2005-May 30, 2006)

The training effort has centered on an R25 grant application for Multidisciplinary Training in IGT (R25 CA 89017). This grant application scored 160 in competing renewal and, if funded, will cover five MDs (Radiologists, Radiation Oncologists, General-and Neuro- Surgeons), and two PhDs (PR physicists, computer scientists, and bioengineers). Under the existing training effort, various courses are available for training along with mentoring from Core PIs and some investigators from the Center.

Plans for Year 2: The plans for the training effort in the second year depend on the funding decision for the R25 mentioned above. If the grant is not funded, a scaled down version of training with current resources will continue.