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

Monday, 17 May 2004, 16:30 - 18:30
Tuesday, 18 May - Thursday, 20 May 2004, 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.
Audience Description:
This course is primarily designed for the clinician who will benefit from an understanding of the "how's and why's" of MR imaging,  It requires no prior experience with MR.  However, those with some familiarity and experience will also benefit.  Those interested may include:
Radiologists and clinicians relatively new to MR imaging, including residents and fellows;
Experienced radiologists and clinicians wanting a refresher course in MR physics;
Physicists and engineers wanting an introduction to the field.
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.


Monday, 17 May
16:30 Spin Gymnastics I Walter Kucharczyk and Donald B. Plewes
17:10 Spin Gymnastics II Walter Kucharczyk and Donald B. Plewes
17:50 Hardware Richard G.S. Spencer
18:30 Adjournment
Tuesday, 18 May
16:00 Spin Echo Imaging Bruce Pike
16:40 Gradient Echo Imaging Michael Markl
17:20 Fast Spin Echo Imaging Joseph C. McGowan
18:00 Adjournment
Wednesday, 19 May
16:00 Imaging Features Frank R. Korosec
16:40 Ultrafast Imaging Marcus Alley
17:20 Diffusion Imaging Konstantinos Arfanakis
18:00 Adjournment
Thursday, 20 May
16:00 Vascular Imaging Matt A. Bernstein
16:40 Cardiac Imaging Debiao Li
17:20 fMRI James J. Pekar
18:00 Adjournment