ESMRMB - Newsletter Volume 21, July 2016
 Welcome to the ESMRMB Newsletter, July Edition!
Our ESMRMB e-newsletter will provide you with a brief overview of the most important activities and updates of the society. Please just click on the item of interest below and you will be guided directly to the article! Further information on all activities can also be found on our website at!
 In this issue you will find:
  » Welcome by President
 » ESMRMB Congress 2016 Vienna: highlights of the programme!
 » Late-Breaking Abstract Submission still Open!
 » ESMRMB educational activities: upcoming courses
     School of MRI
     School of MRI e-Learning
     Lectures on MR
     Hands-On MRI

 » Membership - Join ESMRMB now!
 » ESMRMB MAGMA - Journal News
 » MR Enterprise Section: Bracco
 » MR Enterprise Section: Siemens
 Welcome by President
Dear Members, Colleagues, and Friends of the ESMRMB,

While still recovering from the shock of Brexit within the UK, it is a pleasure to welcome you to my last Newsletter, serving as ESMRMB president. After two challenging but very exiting and fruitful years leading my favourite society, I will be pleased to hand over my position to my colleague and successor, Rik Achten from Ghent/BE, in October 2016. I will continue serving to the society as past president, and hope to be welcoming you personally at our Annual Scientific Meeting 2016 in Vienna/AT.
Our programme committee, chaired by Roland Kreis, has assembled an amazing programme and we are sure you will enjoy the meeting, no matter whether your background is in medicine, the basic sciences or the technical and engineering fields. This year, for the first time, we introduce a late breaking abstract submission: two new presentation formats, giving you the extraordinary possibility to submit your abstract by August 9! ESMRMB and the Local Organising Committee, chaired by Siegfried Trattnig, are very much looking forward to meeting you in Austria’s beautiful capital Vienna!
I am furthermore happy to report that the educational programmes of the ESMRMB, such as the School of MRI, the Lectures on MR, and the Hands-on MRI courses, continue to be a success story and in 2016 will be complemented for the very first time with an e-Learning basic course in applied MR techniques. In order to benefit from substantial reductions for all ESMRMB activities, don’t forget to pay your annual membership fee now!
And as always, for any update on your society’s newest offers, continue to like us on Facebook (@ESMRMB) and follow us on Twitter (@ESMRMB).
Enjoy the summer, relax and start full of energy for ESMRMB’s greatest activities!
With my kindest regards,
Xavier Golay
ESMRMB President
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 ESMRMB Congress 2016 Vienna: highlights of the programme!
This year’s ESMRMB Congress in Vienna from September 29 - October 1, 2016 provides three days of educational and scientific programme, especially interesting for MR radiographers, basic scientists, physicians, radiologists, physicists and MR engineers alike.

  • Sir Peter Mansfield Lecture by Prof. K. Prüssmann, Zurich/CH
  • Roundtable Discussion on 'Is our DNA safe in our magnets?'
  • Hot Topic Debate on 'Man versus machine in radiology: the computer will take over'
  • NEW: grant & career session
  • Many other specials
Click here to download the ESMRMB Scientific Programme at a Glance.
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 Late-Breaking Abstract Submission still Open!
Did you miss the deadline to submit your abstract in April? This is your chance! ESMRMB is introducing two new presentation formats at our Annual Meeting this year:

1. NEWS: Late-breaking results
This format will allow presenters to showcase their latest research and give attendees the possibility to learn about the most up-to-date research progress. We believe that learning about new findings from within the last couple of months will add substantial value to our meeting.

2. VIEWS: Opinion and discussion section
The opinion and discussion section is intended as a space for the discussion of any topical issue. We encourage presenters to lay out their views on any disputed issue, e.g. propositions on changes in radiological practice or MR research.

Contributions to both categories will be presented in the form of traditional posters and you can find more detailed information on both formats as well as the submission process on
our website.

The submission deadline - August 9, 2016 (24:00 CEST) - is approaching quickly, so hurry up and send us your contributions now!

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 ESMRMB educational activities: upcoming courses
     School of MRI
     School of MRI e-Learning
     Lectures on MR
     Hands-On MRI
Enjoy the summer, relax and start full of energy for our educational courses being offered to different target groups in 2016:

ESMRMB School of MRI
for physicians and MR technologists/radiographers

The ESMRMB has already started with two School of MRI courses in Brescia and Barcelona. 7 upcoming courses, which will be held all over Europe and providing the opportunity to get prepared for the needs of modern daily MR business, are yet to come. Make sure to reserve your place soon!

Advanced MR Imaging in Paediatric Radiology  
August 25-27, London/UK (course confirmed!)

Advanced Cardiac MR Imaging   
September 1-3, Zagreb/HR (course confirmed!)

Body Diffusion-weighted MRI: From Theory to Practice
September 26-28, Vienna/AT

Advanced Neuro Imaging: Diffusion, Perfusion, Spectroscopy
October 20-22, Barcelona/ES

Advanced Breast & Female Pelvis MR Imaging   
October 20-22, Athens/GR

Advanced MR Imaging of the Musculoskeletal System 
November 10-12, Menton/FR

MR Safety  
November 17-19, Gelsenkirchen/DE

ESMRMB School of MRI e-Learning
The ESMRMB is proud to announce that in 2016, the School of MRI programme offers its first online educational course, aimed at those of you who have no or little physical and mathematical background, but would like to understand the process of image formation and the sequences of usual clinical MR imaging:

Basic course in applied MR techniques
Every Monday from 17.10.2016 - 05.12.2016
From 6.00 PM to 7.30 PM (Central European time)

ESMRMB Lectures on MR
for physicists and other basic or clinical scientists

The Lectures on MR programme includes educational courses, exercises, and practical demonstrations on MR Physics, Spectroscopy and Engineering. Eager to offer you a most various training for experts in the field ESMRMB is proud to list the upcoming courses:

Non-Cartesian MRI: Implementation and application
August 25–27, Würzburg/DE

RF pulses: Design and applications
September 8–10, Krakow/PL

In vivo MR spectroscopy: From basics to advanced methods
September 26–28, Vienna/AT

for MR technologists/radiographers and interested physicians

Courses that combine lectures as well as vendor specific hands-on training on the workstation and scanner are on the agenda in 2016. Two courses already took place in Nijmegen and Krakow. If you are not interested in theory only, take a look at our upcoming Hands-On MRI courses in 2016:

Prostate Image Analysis
October 21-22, Paris/FR
This course is carried out on Olea Sphere Software

Brain MR Image Analysis: Stroke and Tumour
November 17-18, Girona/ES
This course is carried out on Olea Sphere Software
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 Membership - Join ESMRMB now!
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  • reduced fees for ESMRMB´s educational activities
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 ESMRMB MAGMA - Journal News
2015 Impact Factor : 2.638 !
(ranked 35 / 124 journals in the category)

Recent MAGMA Special issues
February 2013
"MRI and PET together: friends or foes"

with Thomas Beyer and Ewald Moser as Guest-editors
2014 Impact Factor : 9  /  2015 Impact Factor : 7
(2 papers have been awarded the "Highly Cited Paper" distinction) 

February 2014
 “X-nuclei magnetic resonance imaging”

with Simon Konstandin and Lothar Schad as Guest-editors
Two New MAGMA Special issues in 2016!
April 2016
"Tissue segmentaton in MRI"
with Fritz Schick as Guest-Editor

 (13 papers, including 6 Review articles, 220 pages)
June 2016
"Ultrahigh Field MR: Cutting Edge Technologies Meet Clinical Practice"
with Thoralf Niendorf, Markus Barth, Frank Kober, Siegfried Trattnig as Guest-Editors
The leading groups have contributed to this special issue a record number of submissions (27 papers, 347 pages)
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 MR Enterprise Section: Bracco
In an article published on-line in February 2016 in Investigative Radiology, Bruce et al. succinctly demonstrate that the incidence of NSF in patients with severe renal dysfunction (eGFR <30 mL/min/1.72 m2) referred for contrast-enhanced MRI is significantly reduced to 0% (0/1423 patient exams spanning 8 years) if gadobenate dimeglumine is used in combination with referring physician education and an effective inpatient screening protocol.
In confirming the findings of other investigators, Bruce et al. postulate that the lower NSF incidence with gadobenate dimeglumine may be related to the biochemical constants and kinetics that govern an agent's stability in vivo, and to the dual kidney and liver excretion route of gadobenate dimeglumine.

For more information please click here!
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 MR Enterprise Section: Siemens
New Strategies for Protocol Optimization
GOBrain is a 5 minute diagnostic brain exam, consisting of five diagnostically-important MR brain protocols acquired with optimized pulse sequences. Integrated with individual anatomical landmark-based AutoAlign technology providing automatic slice positioning, this push-button exam requires minimal interaction from the technologist. The included sequences are a sagittal T1w, axial T2w, axial T2w DarkFluid, axial diffusion-weighted and an axial T2*w contrast.
Download the protocols for 1.5 and 3T at

*Image courtesy of Massachusetts General Hospital and Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging
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