UK PET Chemistry Workshop on Radiotracer Dispensing Oct 21, 2022 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM — KCL, London
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SINAPSE experts from around Scotland have developed ten online modules designed to explain medical imaging. They are freely available and are intended for non-specialists. **Unfortunately these do not currently work in browsers**

Edinburgh Imaging Academy at the University of Edinburgh offers the following online programmes through a virtual learning environment:

Neuroimaging for Research MSc/Dip/Cert

Imaging MSc/Dip/Cert

PET-MR Principles & Applications Cert

Applied Medical Image Analysis Cert

Online Short Courses

SINAPSE Image of the Month: May 2022

SINAPSE Image of the Month: May 2022


The University of Aberdeen are piloting the world's only human sized field-cycling MRI scanner in patients with brain tumours.

Unlike clinical MRI which operates at a fixed static field strength of typically 1.5T, the field cycling MRI scanner changes rapidly between 0.001T and 0.2T during a scan. By acquiring images at a range of field strengths and timings, we can measure the variation of T1 relaxation time (time for spins to return to equilibrium after excitation) with magnetic field. It is hoped that this will reveal protein interactions which may better characterise brain tumours.

We are currently recruiting pre-operative meningioma and low-grade glioma patients and comparing their field cycling scans and multi-field T1 maps with the post-operative pathology. The figure shows brain scans from a patient with a low grade glioma (diffuse astrocytoma, grade 2) in the right frontal lobe. The top row of the image shows conventional imaging (CT and 1.5T MRI) and a 200 mT research image showing hypointense signal within the brain tumour area. The bottom row shows maps of T1 relaxation times at five magnetic field strengths with the T1 measured in ms. The tumour exhibits longer T1 relaxation times than the normal brain across fields (shown in yellow).

The research team members are Lionel Broche, Vasiliki Mallikourti, James Ross, Minimol Paulose, Nichola Crouch, Stacey Dawson and Arnab Rana, with David Lurie in an Emeritus role.