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Dear Colleagues & Friends

Cartilage treatment and imaging technology has emerged during the last 50 years. Cartilage repair, biotechnology and cell transplantation, as well as fundamental research in molecular biology and genetics have changed the understanding of how to address the problem of non-healing articular cartilage. In MRI technology and radiology the morphologic assessment of structures has been developed to a more functional and quantitative analysis of tissue structures. Both fields have influenced each other and are depending on each other in indication and follow-up of outcomes of surgical procedures in patients suffering from diseased articular cartilage. What we are seeing on radiology or MRI images is influencing our strategy in treatment, and what we are doing to repair or regenerate tissue defects in the joint is producing outcomes clinically as well as morphologically in our radiological follow-up. These two paradigms of seeing what we can do and doing what has to be done was the background of developing the idea of this focus meeting.  The aim of this Focus Meeting is to discuss the value of semiquantitative morphological and compositional MR in diagnosis, selection of patients for the right treatment and to monitor the efficacy of different cartilage surgery techniques.

Throughout the last 30 years cartilage repair technology and imaging technology has been developed at the Medical University of Vienna. Siegi Trattnig and Stefan Nehrer have been at the forefront of establishing that high standard treatment and diagnosis in Austria. Especially, the establishment of the MRI research centre with a 7 Tesla MR scanner has allowed innovative ways to analyse cartilage repair. So it is a great pleasure to welcome the ICRS society to Vienna to discuss state-of-the-art and further developments on an international platform like ICRS. The historical charm of Vienna and vibrant life of this modern city will be a nice background to enjoy this meeting and foster social activities especially at the beginning of Vienna´s Christmas Season. The Course is limited to 150 participants.


Stefan Nehrer & Siegfried Trattnig
Donau University Krems, Center for Regenerative Medicine
Medical University of Vienna, MR Center, Department of Radiology