Cardiovascular MRI - Basic Techniques and Applications

Skill Level: Basic - Intermediate
Organizers: Han Wen, Ph.D., Orlando P. Simonetti, Ph.D., Christopher Kramer, M.D.

Sunday, 4 May 2008


This one-day course will provide an overview of the role of CMR within the spectrum of imaging techniques available for diagnosis and evaluation of cardiovascular disease. This will be followed by in-depth introduction of the state-of-the-art cardiac and vascular imaging techniques and the clinical questions they are able to answer, by way of examples. Time will be allotted for personal discussion with the teachers. This course will provide the basic background and overview of technology and applications that will be covered in the weekday categorical courses on cardiovascular MRI.

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Recognize the role of CMR in the context of other cardiac imaging modalities;
  • Design appropriate scanning protocols for angiography, perfusion, function, viability, and velocity imaging;
  • Explain the physical bases of the various techniques used for MRI of the cardiovascular system;
  • Describe the basic clinical indications for cardiac MRI;
  • Identify the pitfalls and challenges of the various CMR techniques; and
  • Compare the pulse sequences used for angiography, perfusion, function, viability, and velocity imaging.

    Audience Description:

    This course is an in-depth introduction for newcomers into the cardiovascular MR field, as well as an overview of the latest developments for those with CMR experience. The material is appropriate for radiologists, cardiologists, and basic researchers interested in cardiovascular imaging.

    8:30 Overview of Today’s Program Orlando P. Simonetti, Ph.D.
    8:35 CMR’s Role in the Context of Other Modalities Raymond Kwong, M.D.
      MR Angiography  
    9:00 Techniques Gerhard Laub, Ph.D.
    9:30 Applications J. Paul Finn, M.D.
    10:00 Break  
    10:00 - 10:15 Meet the Teachers  
      Atherosclerosis Imaging  
    10:30 Techniques Denise Hinton-Yates, Ph.D.
    11:00 Applications Yong Kim, Ph.D.
      Cardiac Function  
    11:30 Techniques Han Wen, Ph.D.
    12:00 Applications Joao Lima, M.D.
    12:30 Break  
    12:30 - 12:40 Meet the Teachers  
      Quantitative Blood Flow  
    13:30 Techniques John Oshinski, Ph.D.
    14:00 Applications Bob Hu, M.D.
      Myocardial Perfusion  
    14:30 Techniques Michael Jerosch-Herold, Ph.D.
    15:00 Applications Joseph Selvanayagam, Ph.D.
    15:30 Break  
    15:30 - 15:45 Meet the Teachers  
      Myocardial Viability  
    16:00 Techniques Orlando P. Simonetti, Ph.D.
    16:30 Applications Raymond Kwong, M.D.
    17:00 Adjournment  
    17:00 - 17:15 Meet the Teachers