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Progress Towards Standards for Quantitative MRI (qMRI) and Outstanding Needs

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Author(s)

Kathryn E. Keenan, Joshua R. Biller, Michael A. Boss, Adele P. Peskin, Karl F. Stupic, Stephen E. Russek, Jana Delfino, Mark Does, Jeffrey L. Evelhoch, Mark Griswold, Jeffrey Gunter, R Scott Hinks, Stuart Hoffman, Geena Kim, Riccardo Lattanzi, Xiaojuan Li, Luca Marinelli, Pratik Mukherjee, Robert J. Nordstrom, Elena Perez, Berkman Sahiner, Natalie J. Serkova, Amita Shukla-Dave, Michael Steckner, Lisa J. Wilmes, Holden Wu, Huiming Zhang, Edward F. Jackson, Daniel Sullivan

Abstract

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) MRI Standards project held a one-day workshop on August 4, 2017 on campus in Boulder, CO. The goal of the workshop was to evaluate the advances in quantitative MRI (qMRI) since the last NIST workshop in July 2014. The agenda focused on the use of standards through reference objects and protocols. Many of the reference objects (phantoms) discussed at the first workshop have now been commercialized and are being used in the medical imaging community. There was a consensus that while the quantitative MRI project has made a good start in standards for qMRI, it was important to gather all stakeholders to assess progress and future directions. Participants mentioned that the unique combination of attendees all focused on qMRI was a key attraction (the combination of academic, industry and government in a small setting does not occur at other meetings). A key takeaway from the workshop is that broader clinical adoption is needed to broaden NIST’s impact, and clinical adoption requires ease-of- use, including easy reference object set-up, one multi-parametric and possibly multi-modal reference object for many techniques, and software for automatic analysis. Additionally, if there is a killer application identified, the effort will gain traction and speed.
Citation
Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Volume
49
Issue
7

Keywords

Magnetic Resonance Imaging, MRI, standards, quantitative
Created January 24, 2019, Updated July 25, 2019