Google Tech Talk
September 16, 2010
Breakthroughs in Imaging Neurovascular Diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis: Technical Aspects, Clinical Ramifications, and Understanding the Etiology of the Disease. Presented by Dr. E. Mark Haacke.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging has long been an important diagnostic tool for Multiple Sclerosis. Recent developments linking MS to venous malformations have highlighted the use of advanced techniques for imaging iron deposits and blood flow. We introduce here a number of new technical image acquisition and image processing concepts whose application may well extend into other diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, stroke and traumatic brain injury. Finally, the development and data mining of worldwide data in specific diseases will also be discussed.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
E. Mark Haacke is a world renown MRI researcher at Wayne State University. He won the Gold Medal in Kyoto in 2004 for his work on Susceptibility Weighted Imaging and Education. He is the past president of two MRI societies and has just formed "The International Society for Neurovascular Disease". For the last 30 years, Dr. Haacke has focused on the physics and mathematics associated with the technical development of new imaging methods and their clinical applications.
Mark Haacke literally wrote the book on MRI. After working behind the scenes for some 30 years, Dr. Haacke has recently become a public figure as a result of applying his expertise to the study of venous anomalies in MS patients.
Dr. Haacke has testified before Canadian Parliament, and his MRI protocols for MS have become the glue tying together the studies of CCSVI in North America.
Of the small thousands of MS patients worldwide that have been treated for CCSVI, a growing number have been doing a new dance, The Full Haacke, which is performed in an MRI tube over the course of about 2 hours.
It may be too early to tell if we stand at the beginning of another worldwide eradication, but if we are, Mark Haacke is certainly one of its heros.