MR Physics and Techniques for Clinicians
Frank R. Korosec, Ph.D., and Joseph C. McGowan, Ph.D., Organizers

Saturday, 12 July, 16:30 - 18:30
Sunday, 13 July, through Tuesday, 15 July, 16:00 - 18:00

Last updated 05 May 2009

Course Description
This eight-hour course will be a basic but comprehensive review of magnetic resonance imaging physics and techniques.  The presentations will be non-mathematical and will be suitable for clinicians and physicists new to the field.  The course will cover the basic principles of MR physics, signal encoding, pulse sequence timing diagrams, hardware, spin-echo and gradient-echo imaging, and a variety of techniques including diffusion, cardiac, and functional MR imaging and spectroscopy.

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

Define and describe the fundamental principles of MR imaging, including the definition of spin magnetization, the Larmor relationship, relaxation phenomena, and the process of using the spin magnetization to produce an image;
Explain imaging pulse sequences based upon spin and gradient echoes, including fast spin echo and echo planar techniques;
Design MR imaging protocols for diagnostic applications considering image contrast, spatial resolution, acquisition time, signal-to-noise ratio, and artifacts;
Describe the principles and capabilities of various advanced MR techniques including perfusion, diffusion, cardiac and functional MRI and spectroscopy.

Saturday, 12 July

16:30 Spin Gymnastics I Walter Kucharczyk and Donald B. Plewes
17:10 Spin Gymnastics II Walter Kucharczyk and Donald B. Plewes
17:50 Spectroscopy Kim M. Cecil

Sunday, 13 July

16:00 Spin Echo Imaging James G. Pipe
16:40 Gradient Echo Imaging John P. Mugler III
17:20 Fast Spin Echo Imaging Frank R. Korosec

Monday, 14 July

16:00 Image Quality and Acquisition Speed Norbert J. Pelc
16:40 Ultrafast Imaging Marcus Alley
17:20 Diffusion Imaging Konstantinos Arfanakis

Tuesday, 15 July

16:00 Cardiac MRI Frank R. Korosec
16:40 Functional MRI M. Elizabeth Meyerand
17:20 Hardware Richard G.S. Spencer