About Sydney, Australia

Sydney, capital of New South Wales and one of Australia's largest cities, is best known for its harbourfront Opera House, with a distinctive sail-like design. Massive Darling Harbour and Circular Quay are hubs of waterside life, with the towering, arched Harbour Bridge and esteemed Royal Botanic Gardens nearby.


Sydney is located on Australia's east coast, the metropolis surrounds the world's largest natural harbour, and sprawls towards the Blue Mountains to the west.  Sydney Tower’s 268m glass viewing platform, the Skywalk, offers 360-degree views of the city, harbour and suburbs.  


Overview of 2017 Workshop

The founders of The International Workshop on Osteoarthritis would like to give thanks to the ISMRM for their coordination, sponsorship and management of this year's workshop.The 2017 Workshop will focus on the rapidly developing magnetic resonance imaging (MR) and other imaging modalities for assessment of osteoarthritis (OA).


MRI is useful for assessment of joint structures such as cartilage, bone, ligaments, menisci, and synovium. It has also shown promise in detection of biochemical changes in these tissues by measurement of MRI parameters (including T2, T1rho). However, at the current time the FDA does not accept MRI as a trial endpoint for drug trials.


The emphasis will be both on the emerging imaging techniques as well as promoting the use of imaging based measures of OA as tools in epidemiological research and clinical trials, understanding OA-pathoetiology and OA-related joint biomechanics, and eventually, in diagnosis and treatment of OA. Presentations will focus on recent advances in designs of pulse sequence, coil designs, and applications to enhance our understanding of the OA disease process.


The format will include both educational and topical scientific presentations describing cutting-edge technical developments for OA imaging, with the aim of enhancing mutual understanding across several technical areas of research and bridging knowledge gaps to areas of clinical and OA applications. Abstracts will be selected as either brief proffered presentations or as posters. Invited presenters will include international researchers in respective areas of OA and MRI research including junior scientists. A pre-conference hands-on session will familiarize researchers with preclinical osteoarthritis models and application of imaging in that context.

Target Audience

This workshop is designed for scientists and clinicians including physicists, engineers, computer scientists, radiologists, rheumatologists and orthopedic surgeons, students working on pulse sequences (rf coil design, image reconstruction, musculoskeletal and body imaging), MRI technologists, clinical investigators and anyone pursing imaging of OA.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:


  • Describe the state-of-the art techniques in imaging of osteoarthritis;

  • List currently available, established and emerging imaging techniques;

  • Identify the challenges and opportunities for measurements of osteoarthritis in all joint tissues, including bone, cartilage, synovium, menisci, and ligaments;

  • Discuss the use of different imaging modalities for clinical research and clinical applications in osteoarthritis;

  • Assess the research needs for moving the field forward on MRI Biomarker Qualification and regulatory acceptance;

  • Illustrate how different imaging modalities can be used to generate biomechanical model of a joint; and

  • Compare the merits of different pre-clinical models of osteoarthritis, as taught in the hands-on session of the workshop.

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