Brain and spinal cord MRI are recognised as the most important paraclinical tools for the diagnosis of MS. However, the role of MR imaging in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) goes far beyond the diagnostic process and differential diagnosis. MR imaging can also provide useful prognostic information in terms of long term disability prediction. Moreover, with the introduction of the new generation of immunomodulatory drugs for the treatment of MS, MRI also plays an important role in treatment monitoring. This includes the prediction of treatment response, the assessment of treatment efficacy and treatment safety. This course will present an update on the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of MS and other demyelinating diseases, in the application of diagnostic criteria of MS, and on the value of MRI for monitoring and predicting treatment response. All this information should help radiologists in the standardisation and optimisation of the use of MR imaging in the management of MS in clinical practice.
This mini course will include:
• Lectures on different aspects of the role of MRI (brain and spinal cord) in the diagnosis and monitoring of multiple sclerosis
• Individual reporting with mentoring liaison on an interactive session
• Group case discussion of the reported cases
The maximum number of participants on the Online Mini Fellowship will be 20 fellows.
***Effort: 9-10 hour per week
- 10/06/2019 5pm CET // Kick off session (30 min)
- 10/06/2019 - 14/06/2019 // Diagnosis and differential diagnosis - Reporting on selected cases (7-8 hour learning time)
- 17/06/2019 5pm CET // Live webinar. Lecture + Case discussion (90-120 min webinar)
- 17/06/2019 - 21/06/2019 // Diagnostic criteria MS - Reporting on selected cases (7-8 hour learning time)
- 24/06/2019 5pm CET // Live webinar. Lecture + Case discussion (90-120 min webinar)
- 24/06/2019 - 28/06/2019 // Monitoring MS with MRI and interactive cases - Reporting on selected cases (7-8 hour learning time)
- 01/07/2019 5pm CET // Live webinar. Lecture + Case discussion (90-120 min webinar)
- 01/07/2019 - 05/07/2019 // Spinal cord MRI and differential diagnosis - Reporting on selected cases (7-8 hour learning time)
- 08/07/2019 5pm CET // Live webinar. Lecture + Case discussion + wrap up (120 min webinar)
The reading of the the cases is self managed with no mentoring support. The trainees will be doing all the reporting on the online modules which will only be made available to start reporting on the reporting start date.
All the webinars and interactive sessions will be held at 5pm CET.
- To be aware of the clinical importance of an early and accurate diagnosis in MS, and the role of MRI for that purpose
- To be familiar with the typical/atypical MRI features of brain and spinal cord MS lesions
- To review the current diagnostic criteria for MS
- To understand the role of MRI in the therapeutic management of MS
Level II - General radiologist