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EMRF: Fundamentals and Applications of Medical Imaging





plethora of scientific publications: Teaching material,
 books of abstracts, proceedings of conferences, as well as recommendations for the clinical use of MR imag­ing, dictionaries of magnetic resonance terms, col­lect­ed lectures on medical ethics ... and much more ... have ap­pear­ed during the last 30 years.

It all started with printed lecture notes accompanying the early EMRF Workshops and scientific journals issues dedicated to the proceedings of conferences.

The standard language of all these publications is English. Most other editions are translations from the English. However, some books were published in other languages only, e.g., an MR dictionary and a book sum­ma­riz­ing indications for MR imaging for a German-speaking audience.

Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

he textbook Magnetic Resonance in Medicine became the most popular publication. Many thousand copies of this standard textbook were sold worldwide in English, German, Portuguese, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, and Japanese. Readers should be able to acquire a fundamental knowledge that enables them to pursue studies of their own and to cope with some of the most common problems, such as image contrast and artifacts or questions concerning possible hazards to patients. Many organizers of teaching courses and universities the world over found the textbook valuable for their students.

The citations in the box to the left highlight the public reaction to and the reviews in some major scientific journals: All were ex­tre­me­ly positive.

After Paul C. Lauterbur, the in­ven­tor of MR imaging and Nobel Prize recipient, saw the first edi­tion, he commented:"It looks like a fine book, especially for re­si­dents, nurses, and tech­ni­cians." It is even a good book to fall back on for professors of radiology – and physics or chemistry.






Electronic Publications

mong the first electronic publications were teaching videos,and slide-based CD-ROMs also with chapter-by-chapter teaching courses and clinical MR presentations.

The first interactive CD-ROM followed in 2001 in co­opera­tion with Philips Medical Systems, containing some synthetic and clinical MR images produced with the soft­ware "MR Image Expert".

spaceholder red600   In 2010, TRTF, the new mother organization of EMRF, decided to intensify its online efforts, the Virtual Campus Initiative. The sixth edition of the textbook Magnetic Resonance in Medicine was turned into an e-Learning Textbook. More than one year of demanding work resulted in a new website with about 320 pages and several hundred figures and animations. The seventh edition was published in 2012, the completely revised eighth edition in 2014. Meanwhile, this website has become one of the most attractive online learning platforms to learn the fundamentals of a scientific discipline. In 2017, Chinese and Spanish beta-versions will be released together with a revised and updated 10th English edition (version 10.01, April 2017). A translation into Persian is being prepared. Translations into German, French, Italian, and Russian are pending.

MR Image Expert:
Image and Data Simulation Software





his simulation software was developed into a product in the late 1980s and 1990s by Peter A. Rinck and Geir Torheim. Rinck's group had pre­sent­ed the idea of synthetic MR images and si­mu­lat­ing entire MR exams in the early 1980s at a con­fe­ren­ce in the United States. More than 12,000 copies of MR Image Expert were made available, many of them as insertions of the EMRF Text­books. The program simulates MR examinations and can be used for teaching, image processing in research, e.g., contrast agent studies, and for cli­ni­cal imag­ing.

MR imaging is one of the intellectually most demanding and challenging medical technologies. Understanding the mechanisms that influence and change image contrast in MR imaging, in particular the relations between image contrast and pulse sequences and their parameters, is difficult and often requires much intuition and imagination.

Find more about the scientific background and scientific references of this "quantitative" pro­cess­ing of magnetic resonance data (non-invasive tissue characterization, tissue mapping, or "fin­ger­print­ing") in TRTF's e-Learning Textbook:

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spaceholder 960   restrictions of quantitative MR imaging.

While the diagnostic and clinical use of tissue mapping is extremely limited due to its inherent flaws, the method is extremely handy for teaching.

   

The best MRI teacher close to clinical reality is a real- time simulator such as MR Image Expert. Based on precise T1 and T2 relaxation time and proton density values, MR Image Expert creates synthetic magnetic resonance images and can be applied to simulate all steady state pulse sequences. At present, a completely new version is being developed. Animated simulations created with MR Image Expert are included in the new version of the e-Learning Textbook. Check, for instance, more examples on this page of the textbook.

   

For project collaborators only:
The latest Linux-compatible version (2.5) can be downloaded here.

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