ASL has not exploited its full potential, yet. There are tremendous efforts in research to move the technology forward. This process could be sped up by coordinating research among different groups and avoid reinventing the wheel over and over again. The ASL network wants to provide a platform to share knowledge, code and tools to help the ASL field to evolve faster and mature ASL methods. It should also provide the ideal platform for education and training of both physicians and physicists new to the field.
Objectives of the ASL network are to
• investigate what is needed to bring ASL into the clinic and to specify the appropriate clinical studies or trials.
• faster evolve and mature ASL methods
• standardize ASL methods and post-processing to create a reliable clinical tool
• provide MR sequences and post-processing tools (e.g. for quantification) on scanners of different vendors and/or on post-processing workstations of these vendors
• coordinate research on ASL and stimulate collaboration by avoiding reinvention of the wheel
• sharing of research platforms/tools/facilities
• joint management of the knowledge portfolio
• staff mobility and exchanges
• the development of new research tools and platforms for common use
• generating new knowledge to fill gaps in or extend the collective knowledge portfolio
• training researchers and other key staff
• networking activities to help transfer knowledge to outside of the network
• where appropriate, promoting the exploitation of the results generated within the network
• provide guidance and help clinicians getting involved by publication of white papers, presence at clinical conferences and organization of teaching / workshops