Parallel Imaging
Neil M. Rofsky, M.D., and Daniel K. Sodickson, Ph.D., Organizers

Last updated 05 May 2009

Course Description
This four-hour course will review basic principles of and recent developments in parallel MR imaging.  Topics will include image reconstruction (SENSE, SMASH, etc.), RF coil array design, and established or emerging applications.  A special session will be devoted to the nuts-and-bolts features of MR vendors' existing parallel imaging implementations.

Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:

Explain the basic principles of parallel imaging, including elements both of RF coil array design and image reconstruction;
Survey promising applications of parallel MRI in cardiovascular imaging and body imaging;
Describe new developments in image reconstruction and coil array design, and outline emerging parallel imaging applications;
Identify the key steps in a practical parallel imaging examination, and compare the nuts-and-bolts features of various MR vendors' existing implementations.

Sunday, 13 July


07:00 Introduction Daniel K. Sodickson
07:05 Coil Arrays (The Technological Tools) Michael Ohliger
07:30 Image Reconstruction (The Mathematical Tools) Klaas Prüssmann
07:55 Discussion

Monday, 14 July


07:00 Recap of Basics Daniel K. Sodickson
07:05 Cardiovascular Imaging Peter Boesiger
07:30 Body Imaging Neil M. Rofsky
07:55 Discussion

Tuesday, 15 July

New Developments

07:00 Recap of Basics and Applications Daniel K. Sodickson
07:10 New Developments in Image Reconstruction and Sequence Design Charles A. McKenzie
07:35 New Developments in Array Design and New Applications David J. Larkman

Wednesday, 16 July

Vendor Implementations

07:00 Recap of Basics, Applications & New Developments Daniel K. Sodickson
07:10 Philips Medical Systems Scott D. Flamm
07:25 G.E. Medical Systems Robert R. Edelman
07:40 Siemens Medical Solutions Stefan O. Schoenberg
07:55 Discussion and Conclusion