Rene M. Botnar, Ph.D., and Bruce A. Wasserman, M.D., Organizers  
Skill Level: Intermediate  


This two-hour course will provide an overview on state-of-the-art in-vivo coronary and carotid plaque visualization and characterization at 1.5 and 3T.
Special emphasis will be given to the use of target specific contrast agents that are thought to facilitate detection of vulnerable lesions.      

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, attendees should be able to:
  describe the use of MRI to evaluate atherosclerotic disease in the carotid and coronary arteries;
  describe new applications in high field MRI to understand the pathobiology of atherosclerotic disease;  and
  evaluate the role of novel contrast agents and their contribution to understanding the structure and detection of atherosclerosis.

Audience Description

The clinical categorical courses are designed for clinical radiologists, neuroradiologists, neurosurgeons, neurologists, cardiologists,
oncologists, practicing clinicians and scientists, from  beginning to advanced experience levels working in MR.

10:30 MRI of Coronary Atherosclerosis   David Maintz, M.D.
10:50 MRI of Carotid Atherosclerosis Bruce A. Wasserman
11:10 Atherosclerosis imaging at high field strength   Chun Yuan, Ph.D.
Contrast agent imaging:    
11:30 Non targeted contrast agents Matthias Taupitz, M.D.
11:50 Iron-labeled nanoparticles   David Sosnovik, M.D.
12:10 Gd-labeled nanoparticles  Samuel A. Wickline, M.D.
12:30 Adjournment