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Established and Evolving Applications of MRA
James F.M. Meaney, M.D.,
Martin A. Prince, M.D., Ph.D., and Stefan O. Schoenberg, M.D., Organizers

Last updated 05 May 2009

Course Description:
The purpose of this four-hour course is to inform the attendee of the current status of MRA in the thorax, abdomen, peripheral and coronary.  The attendee will learn an optimized site-specific approach for both non-contrast and contrast-enhanced techniques, including the strengths and limitations.  Time-efficient post-processing algorithms will be demonstrated.  A brief overview of plaque (vessel wall) imaging will also be presented.
Audience Description:
This course is aimed at both experienced practitioners of MR angiography, and those interested in the scope, science and practice of MRA.  Attendees will be a mix of practicing clinicians experienced in MRI, physicians who are considering commencing MRA, beginning graduate as well as postdoctoral students.  Researchers currently actively involved in other fast MR imaging applications but wishing to add MRA to the scope of their research may benefit as well.

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

Define the established indications for MRA;
Recognize the importance of non-contrast and contrast-enhanced approaches in the different vascular territories;
Diagnose common vascular pathology and variants;
Apply the different post-processing algorithms to enhance diagnostic practice;
Perform basic vessel wall imaging.


Tuesday, 18 May
Body MRA
07:00 Thoracic Aorta MRA Mitsue Miyazaki
07:20 Abdominal MRA Thomas M. Grist
07:40 Coronary MRA Scott D. Flamm
Wednesday, 19 May
MRA Post-processing Workstation Demonstrations - Speakers to be announced
07:00 Philips Medical Systems
07:10 GE Medical Systems
07:20 Siemens Medical Solutions
07:30 Vital Images
07:40 Toshiba
07:50 Panel Discussion
Thursday, 20 May
Peripheral MRA
07:00 Upper Extremity MRA Klaus U. Wentz
07:20 Lower Extremity MRA Tim Leiner
07:40 MR Venography Stefan G. Ruehm
Friday, 21 May
Carotid MRA
07:00 Optimization of Non-contrast Techniques Dennis L. Parker
07:20 Contrast-Enhanced MRA John Huston
07:40 Plaque Imaging and Characterization Chun Yuan