Clinical MRI: From Physical Principles to Practical Protocols

Organizers: P. Ellen Grant M.D. and Andrew J Kiruluta Ph.D.
Skill Level: Basic

Saturday, 3 May 2008


This one-day course will begin with a basic overview of MR physics. Over the course of the day, MDs will use physiological principles and case examples to illustrate the impact of protocol choices in real world settings. Physics speakers will build on these examples by explaining the underlying principles of MR physics that explain the protocol choices.  The presentation will be an integrated series of lectures, to illustrate protocol choices and trouble shooting tips.

Educational Objectives:

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

  • Explain basic physical principles of MR, describing routine clinical protocols on a system-by-system basis;
  • List and describe basic imaging protocols for the top MR imaging indications in the routine clinical setting (keeping in mind alternative imaging strategies);
  • Troubleshoot and avoid common pitfalls of these protocols;
  • Describe in an integrated manner the underlying MR physics behind clinical protocols; and
  • Evaluate new impact areas in MR imaging such as high fields and parallel acquisition, and their influence on clinical protocol design issues.

    Audience Description:

    This course is designed for clinicians, clinical trainees, and technologists who are interested in consolidating their fundamental understanding of MR physical principles, as well as issues relating to protocol optimization, multi channel coils and high fields. This course is aimed at those with a basic understanding of MRI but who are not yet at an advanced level.

      Overview of MR Physics: T1, T2  
    08:30 Donald B. Plewes, Ph.D.  
      Musculoskeletal MRI  
    09:00 Gary E. Gold, M.D.  
    09:30 Brian A. Hargreaves, Ph.D.  
    10:00 Questions  
    10:15 Break  
    10:15 - 10:35 Meet the Teachers  
      Body MRI  
    10:35 Mukesh G. Harisinghani, M.D.  
    11:05 Ravi T. Seethamraju, Ph.D.  
    11:35 Questions  
    11:50 Break  
    11:50 - 12:05 Meet the Teachers  
    13:00 Martin R. Prince, M.D., Ph.D.  
    13:30 Yi Wang, Ph.D.  
    14:00 Questions  
    14:15 Graham A. Wright, Ph.D.  
    14:45 Alexander J. Dick, M.D.  
    15:15 Questions  
    15:30 Break  
    15:30 - 15:45 Meet the Teachers  
    15:50 Paul M. Parizel, M.D., Ph.D.  
    16:20 Wim Van Hecke  
    16:50 Questions  
    17:05 Adjournment  
    17:05 - 17:20 Meet the Teachers