Outreach involving training is at the foundation of our CMITT program. Click on the sections below to stay up to date on training opportunities.

Postgraduate Training Program in Medical Imaging

The Postgraduate Training Program in Medical Imaging (PTPMI) provides research training in medical imaging, as currently applied to disciplines such as nuclear medicine (PET and SPECT), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computed tomography (CT). The goal of the PTPMI is to provide an avenue for doctoral scientists in physics, engineering, mathematics, statistics, as well as related disciplines to enter and be successful in medical imaging research. This is achieved by providing training in radiological sciences to trainees with a strong quantitative background via structured didactic courses and seminars, enabling graduates to critically evaluate the field and formulate their own research ideas. Trainees participate in leading-edge research, with the opportunity to interact with a world-class faculty in a setting that combines the resources of the Harvard Medical School Joint Program in Nuclear Medicine (HMS-JPNM), the Harvard-affiliated Teaching Hospitals (e.g., Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Children’s Hospital Boston (CHB)), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST). The program stresses the methodology needed to advance medical imaging research specifically (in contrast to research training in imaging probes, animal models, or the study of disease mechanisms). The major foci of the didactic program are: (1) the physics of image formation with radiation, magnetic resonance and computed tomography, (2) the use of image processing to enhance the quantitative diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities of medical imaging, (3) the kinetic modeling of physiological processes needed to test hypotheses with cross-sectional PET, SPECT, CT, MRI and fMRI, as well as proton therapy and to advance quantitative functional imaging and molecular medicine.

Trainees supported by Harvard T32 programs can directly participate in unique training where trainees learn PET/MR theory, techniques, the underlying technical methods, and a wide range of clinical applications.
We will also provide educational and hands-on training to medical students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows and leverage the extended resources of our PET/MR program. In addition, the PET/MR program at MGH has attracted a large number of basic and clinical researchers, visiting scientists, and students from all around the world.

Fellows and Junior Faculty in training
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Local Courses

A listing of local courses available through Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology program can be found on the Gordon Center website: 

http://gordon.mgh.harvard.edu/gc/education-training/courses/

Short Courses

CMITT will host an annual conference and workshop at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging for dissemination of results and new concepts. The program will include speakers from the Center with hands on sessions to introduce new technologies being developed. It will also include speakers from the imaging and industrial research communities that are focused on the technology at hand.

In addition to the annual conference, two to four short courses will be offered each year at MGH detailing the methods developed under CMITT.

The 2020 annual workshop will be on deploying motion correction methodology in research and clinical environments. The workshop will include theoretical training on the PET/MR technology and  hands-on training on the tools.

Short Courses, 2019 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Emerging Technology: PET/MRI Update 2019
Organizer/Moderator: Rathan Subramanian, Georges El Fakhri

Sunday December 5th 2019 / 16:00 – 18:00, Course # RC717F

  • 16:00 – 16:20              PET/MRI 2019: Clinical Practice Implementation
    • Geoffrey B. Johnson, MD, PhD, Rochester MN
  • 16:20 – 16:40              PET/MRI Clinical Applications: Brain and Head and Neck
    • Alexander Drzezga, MD, Cologne, Germany
  • 16:40 – 17:00              PET/MRI Clinical Applications: Body
    • Thomas A. Hope, MD, San Fransisco, CA
  • 17:00 – 17:20              PET/MRI Clinical Applications: Cardiac
    • Pamela K. Woodard, MD, Saint Louis, MO
  • 17:20 – 17:40              PET/MRI Clinical Applications: Pediatrics
    • Lisa States, MD, Philadelphia, PA
  • 17:40 – 18:00              PET/MRI 2019: Physics and Instrumentation
    • Georges El Fakhri, PhD, Boston, MA

Categorical Courses, 2019 Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Advances in Simultaneous PET/MRI Imaging and Clinical Applications
Organizer/Moderator: Georges El Fakhri, Richard Laforest

Sunday June 23, 2019 / 16:30 – 18:30

  • 16:30 – 17:00               PET/MRI: Technology
    • Richard Laforest, PhD
  • 17:00  – 17:30              Application of Machine Learning in PET/MRI
    • Hongyu An, PhD
  • 17:30 – 18:00              Pediatric PET/MRI
    • Lisa J. States, MD
  • 18:00 – 18:30               Cardiovasular PET/MR imaging
    • Georges El Fakhri, PhD, FIEEE, FAAPM, FSNMMI

AI for Data Sciences
Organizer/Moderator: Georges El Fakhri

Tuesday June 25, 2019 / 15:00 – 16:30  

  • 15:00 – 15:30               AI in PET and MR
    • Georges El Fakhri, PhD, MGH, Boston
  • 15:30 – 16:00               Deep Learning in Tomographic Reconstruction
    • Quanzheng Li, PhD, MGH, Boston
  • 16:30 – 9:00                 Promise and Challenes of Data Science
    • Mark Michalski, MD, MGH, Boston

Full Day Course, IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, Manchester, United Kingdom, Oct. 27 – Nov 3.

PET/SPECT/MR short course
Coordinator/Course Instructor: Georges El Fakhri,

Monday, 28 October 2019/  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

  • Probes  & Image Formation  (Georges El Fakhri, Ph.D., MGH, Boston)
  • Magnetic Resonance (Chao Ma, PhD, MGH, Boston)
  • Instrumentation and system Design (Hamid Sabet, MGH, Boston)
  • Image Reconstruction and Quantitation (Joyita Dutta, MGH & UML, Boston)
  • Clinical Applications of PET/MR (Ruth Lim, M.D., MGH, Boston)

Short courses at the 2018 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference in Sydney, Australia, Nov 10-17

Sunday, 11 November 2018 / Time 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

  1. Principles of PET/MR and requirements for their integration (Georges El Fakhri, Ph.D., DABR)
  2. MR Basics (Chao Ma, PhD)
  3. Instrumentation and system Design for integration: small animal to human PET/MR (Armin Kolb, PhD)
  4. Challenges and benefits of integration I: Attenuation correction, Motion correction (Quanzheng Li, Ph.D.)
  5. Challenges and benefits of integration II: Dual Probe PET/MR & Imaging of multiple physiological processes (Georges El Fakhri, Ph.D., DABR)
  6. Clinical Applications of PET/MR (Ruth Lim, M.D.)

Categorical Courses, 2018 Society of Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.

Advances in Simultaneous PET/MRI Imaging and Clinical Applications
Organizer/Moderator: Georges El Fakhri, Richard Laforest
Sunday June 22, 2018 / 16:30 –18:30 EDT

  • 4:30 PM -5:00 PM PET/MRI: Technology
    Richard Laforest, PhD
  • 5:00 PM -5:30 PM Application of Machine Learning in PET/MRI 
    Hongyu An, PhD
  • 5:30 PM –6:00 PM Pediatric PET/MRI 
    Lisa J. States, MD
  • 6:00 PM -6:30 PM Cardiovasular PET/MR imaging 
    Georges El Fakhri, PhD, FIEEE, FAAPM, FSNMMI

PET/CT and PET/MR for Adults and Children: Fundamental and Evolving Practices. Instrumentation Update: PET/MR 
Saturday June 23, 2018 / 7:30 AM- 10:00 PM EDT

  • 8:00 AM – 8:20 AM Machine Learning and PET: A Great Combination?
    Vincent Gaudet, PhD, PEng, SMIEEE
  • 8:20 AM – 8:40 AM Instrumentation Update: New Technologies for PET/CT
    Suleman Surti, PhD
  • 8:40 AM – 9:00 AM Instrumentation Update: PET/MR
    Georges N. El Fakhri, PhD
  • 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM A Guide to Dosimetry: PET/CT vs. PET/MR
    Richard Laforest, PhD
  • 9:20 AM – 9:40 AM Image Gently Update
    Frederic H. Fahey, DSc, FSNMMI

Short Courses, 2018 Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL

Emerging Technologies: PET/MRI –Opportunities and Challenges 
Organizer/Moderator: Rathan Subramanian, Georges El Fakhri
Sunday November 28, 2018 / 14:00 –15:30

  • 14:00 –14:10 PET/MRI: The Evolving Imaging Field of Structure & Function
    Rathan M. Subramaniam, MD, PhD
  • 14:10 –14:40 PET/MRI Physics: The Opportunities and Challenges
    Georges El Fakhri, PhD
  • 14:40 –14:55 PET/MRI Clinical Applications: Brain and Head and Neck
    Alexander Drzezga, MD
  • 14:55 –15:10 PET/MRI Clinical Applications: Body
    Thomas A. Hope, MD
  • 15:10 –15:30 PET/MRI Clinical Applications: Cardiac
    Pamela K Woodard, MD

Future workshops, seminars, short courses

  • June 2020: CMITT Symposium at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI)
    Speakers from CMITT will introduce new technologies being developed
    Speakers from industry and imaging research will focus on other new technologies, e.g. fast MR/PET for cardiac and pediatrics, mapping oxidative stress with MR/PET
  • November 2020: PET/MRI workshop at IEEE NSS/MIC in Boston, MA
  • TBD: PET/MR Workshop at Massachusetts General Hospital
    • Recent advances in kinetic modeling of receptor/neurotransmitter systems in non-steady state
    • Deployment of joint estimation and reconstruction for simultaneous PET and MR clinical and preclinical data are another dimension for methodological development
Visiting Scientist Program

A small number of participants will be provided in-depth training in specific PET/MR technology.

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