Magnetic resonance imaging of obesity and metabolic disorders: Summary from the 2019 ISMRM Workshop

Houchun H. Hu, Rosa Tamara Branca, Diego Hernando, Dimitrios C. Karampinos, Jürgen Machann, Charles A. McKenzie, Holden H. Wu, Takeshi Yokoo, S. Sendhil Velan

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More than 100 attendees from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States convened in Singapore for the 2019 ISMRM-sponsored workshop on MRI of Obesity and Metabolic Disorders. The scientific program brought together a multidisciplinary group of researchers, trainees, and clinicians and included sessions in diabetes and insulin resistance; an update on recent advances in water–fat MRI acquisition and reconstruction methods; with applications in skeletal muscle, bone marrow, and adipose tissue quantification; a summary of recent findings in brown adipose tissue; new developments in imaging fat in the fetus, placenta, and neonates; the utility of liver elastography in obesity studies; and the emerging role of radiomics in population-based “big data” studies. The workshop featured keynote presentations on nutrition, epidemiology, genetics, and exercise physiology. Forty-four proffered scientific abstracts were also presented, covering the topics of brown adipose tissue, quantitative liver analysis from multiparametric data, disease prevalence and population health, technical and methodological developments in data acquisition and reconstruction, newfound applications of machine learning and neural networks, standardization of proton density fat fraction measurements, and X-nuclei applications. The purpose of this article is to summarize the scientific highlights from the workshop and identify future directions of work.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1565-1576
Number of pages12
JournalMagnetic resonance in medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2020


  • adipose tissue and fat quantification
  • diabetes and insulin resistance
  • liver elastography
  • obesity and metabolic disorders
  • proton density fat fraction
  • skeletal muscle, bone marrow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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