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Body/Cardiovascular Imaging at 3T
Is it ready for Clinical Prime Time?
Elizabeth M. Hecht, Stefan G. Ruehm, Organizers

Tuesday, 9 May 2006, 10:30 - 12:30
Last updated 20 February 2009

Is body and cardiovascular imaging at 3T superior to 1.5T or is 3T advantageous for only certain indications? Basic principles of 3T technology will be reviewed and the potential benefits and challenges of 3T explored. It will be discussed how 3T imaging may impact patients, radiologists and technologists with regard to safety, workflow, protocols and image quality.
Educational Objectives:
Upon completion of this session, participants should be able to:
• Describe the basic physics of imaging at 3T and its effects on signal to noise, relaxation rates, susceptibility, chemical shift,  power deposition, and patient safety;
• List advantages and disadvantages of Body and cardiovascular imaging at 1.5 and 3T;
• Explain why protocols optimized for 1.5T may not be optimal for 3.0T; and
• Recognize the sequence parameters that may need adjusting to optimize protocols at 3T, and discuss specifically which sequences may or may not improve at 3T.


Tuesday, 9 May
10:30 Introduction to Body Imaging at 3T: Theoretical Advantages and Practical
Neil M. Rofsky
10:45 Musculoskeletal Imaging at 3T Garry E. Gold
11:05 Abdominal and Pelvic Imaging at 3T - not available Elizabeth M. Hecht
11:30 Cardiovascular Imaging at 3T Stefan O. Schoenberg
11:55 Body and Breast at 3T: Where is the Added Value Compared to 1.5T Christiane K. Kuhl
12:15 Questions and Answers
12:30 Adjournment