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Cardiovascular Imaging
James F.M. Meaney, Qun Chen, Organizers

This four-hour course is aimed at attendees who wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of cardiovascular MR techniques. There is a strong emphasis on how new and evolving technologies can be exploited to improve diagnostic capability, and it is therefore appropriate to clinician and scientist alike. Concepts explored include techniques in widespread clinical use (body/peripheral MRA), techniques that are now evolving into the clinical arena (coronary MRA, non-contrast techniques), benefits of 3T cardiovascular MRI (including parallel cardiovascular MRI at such a field), structural versus functional assessment of the heart, and the application of MRI in non-coronary artery disease.

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

· Implement a robust protocol for clinical evaluation of arteries with both non-contrast and contrast-enhanced techniques;
· Identify the strengths and weaknesses of 3T MRI vs. 1.5T MRI for cardiovascular assessment;
· Recognize the value of parallel imaging for cardiovascular assessment at higher magnetic filed (>1.5 T);
  • Select a comprehensive time-efficient protocol incorporating anatomical and functional cardiac evaluation;
  • Explain the value of MRI for the assessment of non-coronary artery disease; and
· Recognize the strengths, and also the limitations of current techniques.
Audience Description:
This course is designed for both clinicians and scientists who are interested in understanding the strengths and the limitations of current cardiovascular MRI techniques and developing new cardiovascular MRI techniques to overcome the limitations of current techniques.


Tuesday, 9 May
MR Angiography
07:00 Body & Peripheral MRA Thomas M. Grist, M.D.
07:20 Non-contrast MRA Mitsue Miyazaki, Ph.D.
07:40 Coronary MRA René M. Botnar, Ph.D.
Wednesday, 10 May
Cardiovascular MRI at High Field – Is 3T better than 1.5T?
07:00 MRA at 3.0T Neil M. Rofsky, M.D.
07:20 Cardiac MRI at 3.0T J. Paul Finn, M.D.
07:40 Cardiovascular Parallel Imaging at 3.0T Thoralf Niendorf, Ph.D.
Thursday, 11 May
MRI of Myocardial Function, Perfusion and Viability
07:00 MRI of Global and Regional Myocardial Function Leon Axel, Ph.D, M.D.
07:20 MRI of Myocardial Perfusion Steven D. Wolff, M.D., Ph.D.
07:40 MRI of Myocardial Viability Raymond J. Kim, M.D.
Friday, 12 May
MRI of Non-coronary Artery Disease
07:00 Arrthymogenic Conditions David A. Bluemke, M.D., Ph.D.
07:30 Other Cardiomyopathies Jeanette Schulz-Menger, M.D.