Clinical MRI for Physicists
Skill Level: Basic-Intermediate
Han Wen, Ph.D., Organizer

Sunday, 20 May

Course/Session Overview

This four-hour course will provide an overview of the relationship between the pathologies of diseases and the clinical MRI techniques designed to detect and characterize them. It will cover this topic in the major systems of the body and include the anatomic and functional manifestations of diseases.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
Define the pathological changes in the major systems of the body that can be detected with MRI.
Relate the types of pathology with the MRI parameters that best characterize them.
Relate the types of pathology with the MRI pulse sequences that are best suited to detect them.
Describe factors that influence the design of a clinical MRI protocol.

Audience Description

This in-depth course is designed for:
Newcomers in the MR physics field, as well as experienced physicists.
Those interested in the clinical factors that drive the design of MRI pulse sequences and protocols, will find it helpful.
08:30 Pathology and changes of proton spin relaxation Robert J. Herfkens, M.D. 
T1, T2, T2*, MTC and the use of contrast agents  
09:15 MRI of anatomical abnormalities and the use of  Charles A. Cuenod, M.D., Ph.D.
contrast agents  
10:00 Break - Meet the teachers  
10:30 Detecting functional pathology using diffusion,  Pia C.M. Sundgren, MD, PhD.
perfusion, bulk flow and motion  
11:15 Clinical applications of MR spectroscopy Jeffry R. Alger, Ph.D. 
12:00 Adjournment  
12:00 - 12:15 - Meet the teachers