MR Physics for Physicists - Day 2
Michael H. Buonocore, M.D., Ph.D., Peter M. Jakob, Ph.D., and John P. Mugler III, Ph.D., Organizers
Friday, 11 July 2003, 08:00 - 14:50

Last updated 05 May 2009

Course Description
This sixteen hour technical course is intended for new PhDs entering the field of MRI, who wish to learn MR physics and engineering on an advanced level.  Background material will be covered, as well as the latest research results.  The course will encompass a broad range of technical topics, including NMR signal properties, basic signal detection and image reconstruction, mechanisms of spin polarization, spin physics and dynamic equilibrium in imaging, advanced image reconstruction, parallel imaging physics, topics in hardware design and applications with special pulse sequence processing.

Educational Objectives:

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to
Describe the fundamental properties of the NMR signal;
Explain the basic physics, signal processing and instrumentation for signal detection and image reconstruction;
Describe the common and exotic mechanisms for spin polarization;
Describe the spin physics and dynamic equilibrium that are used to create images;
Describe advanced image reconstruction methods, including those used in parallel images;
Identify and describe special hardware used in MRI;
Describe pulse sequence and processing methods for special applications.
Advanced Image Reconstruction
08:00 Image Reconstruction from Limited Data, General Methods Xiaoping Hu
08:25 Image Reconstruction from Limited Data: MRA Techniques Walter Block
Parallel Imaging Physics
08:50 Foundations of Parallel Imaging TBD
09:15 Advanced Methods for Parallel Imaging (Autocalibration, Adaptive Processing) Mark A. Griswold
09:40 Parallel Imaging Applications David J. Larkman
10:05 Break
10:25 Principles of RF Coil Design for Parallel Imaging Patrick J. Ledden
10:50 Gradient Coil Design Richard W. Bowtell
11:15 Technical Considerations in Developing High Field (>3T) Systems J. Thomas Vaughn
Applications with Special Pulse Sequences and Processing
11:40 Arterial Spin Labeling for Perfusion Measurements David Alsop
12:05 Break
13:35 Diffusion Tensor Imaging Peter J. Basser
14:00 Velocity Measurement and Flow Quantification Norbert J. Pelc
14:25 MR Elastography Armando Manduca
14:50 Adjournment