The IT'IS Foundation won the best poster award in a joint session on High Field Systems & Applications and MR Safety at the 24th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) in Singapore, 7 – 13 May 2016. The goal of the session was to look at various aspects of B1 assessment and RF exposure related to MRI, a topic of interest to both study groups. A series of two-minute presentations chosen from the exemplary conference abstracts submitted on these topics were presented at the joint session. On behalf of Eugenia Cabot, Earl Zastrow presented a poster entitled "Development of a Set of Generic Numerical Birdcages for Comprehensive Evaluations of Induced RF Fields for Implant Safety." Click here to download a copy of the winning poster.
The poster provides an overview of a library of RF-exposure scenarios currently being developed by the IT'IS Foundation. IT'IS aims to provide a common set of data to be used for safety evaluation of MRI and implant safety in light of RF effects. The library, built from a large number of simulations and still growing, is meant to streamline storage and access to data to support all researchers seeking to assess implant safety. The goal of the library is to promote convergence and uniformity of the exposure conditions used for implant-safety evaluations and to support regulatory and compliance reviews. The future of this big-data approach will include expansion of the population coverage with more body types and postures to facilitate more comprehensive evaluations.
Earl is honored to have received this prize as recognition of the IT'IS Foundation's ongoing contributions to MRI and implant safety.