ESMRMB - Newsletter Volume 14, December 2012
 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 our President
 » Call for Membership Application & Renewal 2013
 » ESMRMB Congress 2012 - Review & Picture Gallery
 » ESMRMB Congress 2013 - Toulouse awaits you!
 » ESMRMB educational activities - preview 2013
 » ESMRMB MAGMA - Journal news
 » Update from the Alliance for MRI
 » ESMRMB Certificate of MR Excellence
 » Teach the Teacher in Clinical MRI - NEW!
 » Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
 » Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
 » MR Enterprise section: Bracco
 » MR Enterprise Section: Hitachi
 Welcome by our President
Dear Members, Colleagues, and Friends of the ESMRMB,

It is a great honour and pleasure for me to serve as your new president. I am a neuroradiologist from Uppsala, Sweden, and I have worked with MR scientifically since 1984 and clinically since 1986. The mission of ESMRMB to promote the development and practical application of magnetic resonance in Europe is becoming increasingly important, since MR is growing scientifically as well as clinically. It is my personal opinion that our mission can be accomplished only by close collaboration between physicists, radiologist, radiographers and all others working in the field. The increasing membership of ESMRMB including these categories, now also offering a membership category for radiographers, is therefore close to my heart. This is also a time of increasing collaboration between different scientific societies with partly common interests. ESMRMB is, as you know, institutional member of the European Society of Radiology (ESR), we have a close collaboration with the ISMRM and we have several partner societies among the European/national MR societies. In 2013, we celebrate the 30th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ESMRMB. The first Annual Meeting was held in Geneva in 1984, and that was also the first MR meeting I attended as a young resident in radiology, why this year is special for me as well as for our society. Our 2013 Meeting will take place in Toulouse, France in October, and I cordially invite all of you to submit abstracts and attend the meeting. The chair of the Scientific Programme Committee, Prof. Xavier Golay and his team as well as Prof. Siegfried Trattnig, chairperson of the Education and Workshop Committee are preparing an exciting scientific and educational programme for the meeting. We will also continue our successful educational programmes, including the School of MRI, the Lectures on MR and Hands-On MRI courses, during the coming year. Our journal MAGMA is, thanks to your excellent submitted contributions and to our editor-in-chief Prof. Patrick Cozzone, continuing to convey new scientific results as well as updates on new MR techniques to us all. Molecular imaging will play an increasing role in research as well as for clinical diagnosis, and we will be involved in many ways, e.g. by the emerging PET-MR scanners, where we are happy to collaborate with PET-experts. I hope that we will become a growing European MR society and that we will meet in person at our annual meeting and at teaching activities and also via social media (we are on Facebook and Twitter).

I wish you all Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

With my kindest regards,
Elna-Marie Larsson
ESMRMB President

 Call for Membership Application & Renewal 2013
Renew your membership or become a new member of ESMRMB now!
Login with your existing login data (last name and PersonaliD) to your MyUser Area to renew your membership or enter our online membership application tool MyMembership and start a new application!

In 2013 a new membership category for radiographers is available! For further details on membership types, benefits and fees, please click here.

If you need your login data for the MyMembership section, please contact the ESMRMB Office at
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 ESMRMB Congress 2012 - Review & Picture Gallery
The ESMRMB Congress 2012 was once again a huge success with a record high number of 857 presentations on-site. 1200 participants from 47 countries attended the past Annual Scientific Meeting in Lisbon/PT and contributed to its success!

Visit the picture gallery and download some memories from the past meeting in Lisbon!
 ESMRMB Congress 2013 - Toulouse awaits you!
ESMRMB cordially invites you to its 30th Annual Scientific Meeting of ESMRMB to be held on October 3-5, 2013 in the beautiful city of Toulouse/France. The ESMRMB Meetings are the prime European forum for the interaction between basic scientists and application oriented clinical researchers in the field of MR.
The Scientific Programme Committee, lead by Prof. Xavier Golay, and the Local Organising Committee, lead by Prof. Isabelle Berry, have already been working intensely to prepare an exciting scientific, educational and social programme.

The abstract submission will be open in February. Abstracts can be submitted until the deadline: May 24, 2013 (12:00, CET).

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 ESMRMB educational activities - preview 2013
The ESMRMB is proud of its educational activities being offered to different target groups - in 2013 the following programmes are offered:

School of MRI - education for physicians and technicians/radiographers
13 advanced clinical courses will be offered in 2013 and the course programme is already available: Find out more here.

Lectures on MR - education for MR physicists and other basic or clinical scientists
Educational courses, exercises, and practical demonstrations on MR Physics, Spectroscopy and Engineering; 13 courses are planned in 2013 - click here to see the preliminary course programme!

Hands-On MRI - education for MRI technologists, radiographers and interested physicians
Courses that combine lectures as well as vendor specific hands-on training on the workstation and scanner will again be on the agenda in 2013 - find out more here.

Pre-registration for the School of MRI is already available. The registration for the other educational courses is not yet availabe, but please just send a short mail to to be included to our mailing list and make sure to inform us which course programme you would like to receive all information on!

 ESMRMB MAGMA - Journal news
2012 MAGMA special issues:
"MR Thermometry" with Robert Turner as Guest-editor (published in February 2012)
"Arterial Spin Labeling MRI" with David Alsop as Guest-editor (published in April 2012)

2013 MAGMA special issue:
"MRI and PET together: friends or foes" with Thomas Beyer and Ewald Moser as Guest-editors (to be published in March 2013)
papers already available online on the Springer website: enter via the MyUser Area (access only for acitve members of the ESMRMB with online journal access)

NEW MAGMA special issue:
"X-nucleus magnetic resonance imaging" with Lothar Schad and Simon Konstandin as Guest-editors
>> Call for Papers online (deadline extended until March 1st, 2013)

MAGMA special issue in preparation:
"Hyperpolarized nuclei for MR" with Axel Haase as Guest-editor
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 Update from the Alliance for MRI
Alliance for MRI Welcomes the Employment and Social Affairs Committee Vote
On 06 December, the European Parliament’s Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) Committee held its vote on the proposed draft report by Rapporteur Elisabeth Morin-Chartier (EPP, F) and the compromise amendments put forward by the Council. The EMPL Committee adopted its draft report on the Directive on electromagnetic fields including the derogation for MRI with 39 votes in favour and 2 abstentions. All relevant amendments were adopted.

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 ESMRMB Certificate of MR Excellence
The ESMRMB Certificate of MR Excellence shall honour physicians and scientists, being active members of the ESMRMB, who have contributed to education or clinical or basic science within the field of MR.

Make sure to apply for the ESMRMB Certificate of MR Excellence now to prove your excellence in the field of MR!
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 Teach the Teacher in Clinical MRI - NEW!
The ESMRMB is very proud to inform you on a new joint initiative of the ESMRMB and the ISMRM, currently being introduced.
ESMRMB and ISMRM together offer young academic radiologists from emerging countries the opportunity of a two-month fellowship in one of the leading MRI centres worldwide
to be trained as an ESMRMB/ISMRM certified teacher in a specific field of applied MRI (e.g. musculoskeletal, cardiac, abdominal MRI)

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 Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
Become a fan of the ESMRMB on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to receive regular updates on the society's activities! Post messages, upload pictures and communicate with other ESMRMB fans and followers via our social media platforms!
 Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!
ESMRMB wishes all members, colleagues and friends of the society Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We are looking forward to an exciting and successful year 2013.

If you have any questions, or require further information, please check out our website at and do not hesitate to contact us.
 MR Enterprise section: Bracco
 Among Gd-based MR contrast agents approved for CNS imaging, gadobenate dimeglumine has the highest relaxivity. The impact of relaxivity on signal enhancement and the depiction of small or poorly enhancing lesions has been investigated in several comparative studies1,2,3,4,5 at equal contrast dose. The MERIT study5, is the most recent of them, and it highlights the value of high relaxivity vs contrast concentration; in that study three blinded and fully independent neuroradiologists reported their assessment of lesion delineation, extent of disease, internal morphology, contrast enhancement and diagnostic preference, and their measurement of contrast-to-noise ratio and lesion enhancement.
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 MR Enterprise Section: Hitachi
 Hitachi Medical Systems Europe presently introduces ECHELON OVAL; a 1.5T MRI scanner with a unique wide 74cm oval-shaped bore, allowing for decent patient experiences with outstanding comfort. At RSNA 2012, Hitachi Medical announced an extension of its game-changing oval concept to 3T with a work-in-progress scanner. The concept behind the idea of an oval bore is simple. While closed-bore magnets typically have cylindrical shapes, they hardly match the typical patient body. As a result, cylindrical bores may provoke claustrophobia, a serious patient restriction and major cause behind the large number of incomplete MR scans every year, significantly impacting on health-care costs.
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