University of Michigan International Workshop on Arterial Spin Labeling MRI:

Technical Updates and Clinical Experience

March 9-10, 2019
Kahn Auditorium, Biomedical Sciences Research Building
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, USA


Arterial Spin Labeling (ASL) has become a mainstream technique to collect quantitative perfusion images since the consensus article in 2015 (Magnetic resonance in medicine, 73(1), 102-116).  Since then, innovative ASL developments have been unrelenting, both in terms of technical consideration and clinical translation.

This weekend workshop is intended for the community of users and developers of ASL MRI techniques to network, share new findings, discuss developments & experience, with the intent of mapping out further technical recommendations for clinical translation.   Among other topics, we will focus on sharing our experience and learning from each other about the following:
  • Clinical experience with ASL:  what are the most useful applications?  Can ASL replace DSC and/or SPECT?
  • How to read ASL scans in the clinic, how to report a single subject scan
  • What are the challenges and pitfalls in ASL scans?
  • Can quantitative results be compared across sites?
  • Fine tuning of the Labeling: how long and what pCASL parameters?
  • Do different types of pathology require custom parameters?
  • Single or multi-time point ASL? Time-encoded or repeated single PLD scanning or Look-Locker?
  • Image acquisition schemes for ASL:  3D, multiband 2D, quantitative functional imaging
  • Alternative labeling schemes: is velocity selective ASL a better option?
  • Quality control and calibration:  perfusion phantoms
  • Are additional support scans (e.g., T1, CBV …etc) necessary?  Practical?
 Intended audience

MRI Engineers/Physicists working on the area of arterial spin labeling and perfusion imaging.
Neuroscientists using ASL methods to examine brain function
Clinicians interested in MRI vascular and perfusion imaging 

Organizing Committee
Luis Hernandez-Garcia, PhD, U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA
Eric Wong, MD, Ph.D, Univ. of California, San Diego, CA, USA
Matthias Guenther, Ph.D., Fraunhofer MEVIS, Bremen, Germany.
Xavier Golay, Ph.D., Univ. College London, London, UK
Danny J.J. Wang, Ph.D., Univ. of Southern California, CA, USA
Matthias van Osch, Leiden Univ. MC, Leiden, Netherlands
Brad MacIntosh, Ph.D., Univ. of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada
Marion Smits, MD, PhD, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

  New:  Short course on ASL processing software
(Friday march 8th)
follow this link

Invited Speakers

The morning sessions will be started by a set of very exciting and relevant talks,
which will be proferred by  experts in the field. (Follow this link for a complete list)


Registration is now open.  The registration fee for the workshop is $125 USD. 

To register, submit your information and credit card payment to the University of Michigan by using this link HERE .
Please enter "ASL 18" for the  "invoice number"
Please enter the attendee's name for the "Description".


We have reserved two blocks of rooms in two separate hotels near the venue.  Follow this link to make a reservation or obtain lodging and tourism information. 


The program for the workshop has now been finalized.  Available here.

NEWThe Abstracts for all the presentations is Available here

Sponsored by:

 The University of Michigan FMRI Laboratory

Endorsed by :

The International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM)

The European Society of Neuroradiology (ESNR)

 The European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology (ESMRMB)


NEW: Abstract submission will be open until Feb 10, 2019 at midnight (EST).

To submit an Abstract:

  1. Create your abstract as a one-page PDF file.  Please do not use fonts smaller than 10 point.
  2. Email the file to:
  3. In the subject line of the email put:   "ASL 19 Abstract"
  4. In the body of the email, please include the following:
    • Name of the corresponding author:
    • Email address of the corresponding author:
    • Institution of the corresponding author:
    • Conflicts of interest:

European Society of Neuro Radiology
International Society of Magnetic Resonance in
European Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
                and Biology (ESMRMB)