CME 3 Session - EANM'14

Paediatrics & Physics: PET/MR in Paediatric Oncology - Why and How?

Educational objectives:
  1. To understand special patient preparation and PET protocol for hybrid PET/MRI in contrast to separate imaging modalities and/or PET/CT in paediatric oncology
  2. To understand the clinical impact of different MR-sequences in paediatric oncology
  3. To understand the added value of combining PET and MRI
  4. To attain knowledge about the radiation risk for children and adolescents from medical application of ionising radiation
  5. To learn about application of the dose and risk minimisation principle by the use of MRI instead of CT as morphological imaging modality when combined with PET
This session is designed for those Nuclear Medicine specialists and residents wishing to learn about the indications, application, radiation protection, and patient management using PET/MRI in paediatric oncology. In contrast to separated imaging modalities, in hybrid PET/MRI different imaging strategies for PET and MRI are discussed. PET in combination with MRI will be discussed with emphasis on the strengths and weaknesses of each modality.
The first part of the session will deal with special demands for patient preparation and PET-acquisition in hybrid PET/MRI.
In the second part, necessary MR-sequences for attenuation correction and, most important, for determining therapeutic strategy in paediatric oncology are demonstrated and discussed. Furthermore, the added value of combining PET and MRI is pointed out.
In the third part, special radiation protection principles applied to children and adolescents will be highlighted with respect to the use of combined PET/MRI.

Key Words:
Paediatric Oncology, Multimodality Imaging, PET/MRI, Radiation Dose, Effective Dose, Radiation Risk
Teaser Video
A short description by session chair Lise Borgwardt.

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