Magnetic Resonance Imaging at 7T will be available in Bern from beginning of 2019.
Welcome to Bern, welcome to the Translational Symposium on Ultra-High-Field MRI.
In Bern, we are currently setting up the new Swiss Institute for Translational and Entrepreneurial Medicine (sitem-insel), which has the aim of establishing, operating and developing a National Center of Excellence for Translational Medicine and Entrepreneurship. Within this institute, a novel translational imaging center will be established as a so-called enabling facility that will include a clinical whole body 7 Tesla Magnetic Resonance scanner. Its inauguration is planned for the first half of 2019 and, in this context, it is opportune to have world-leading experts present the background, the current state-of-the-art, as well as potentials and challenges of ultra-high-field (UHF) MR for clinical research and clinical applications. The presentations will include a session covering an introduction into the physics and inherent benefits of ultra-high fields for MRI, as well as adapted methods to fully exploit its potential. Further sessions will encompass the current applications and promise of UHF MR in Radiology, but also in other fields, including the Neurosciences, Oncology, Cardiology, as well as Orthopedics. The renowned speakers will be available for questions in ample discussion time, but also for 1:1 inquiries in the breaks. We welcome participation of anybody interested in the prospects of clinical UHF MR in general and for sitem-insel, in particular.