Sunrise Course:
Cardiovascular Imaging: Disease or Problem Based Teaching, Practical Protocols
Organizers: Victor A. Ferrari, M.D. and Stefan G. Ruehm, M.D., Ph.D.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Tuesday, 21 April 2009 - Friday, 24 April 2009
07:00 - 08:00

This series of four one hour talks will review current cutting-edge topics in cardiovascular MRI that are frequently used to assess patients with cardiovascular diseases. The major emphases of the course will include coronary MRA, right heart failure, ischemic heart disease, and 7T cardiovascular MRI. Course instructors are MD’s, PhD’s (or both), and are recognized experts in their respective fields. Content will include selection of pulse sequences for optimal disease detection, practical and time-optimized imaging protocols, and a thorough review of the potential pitfalls of imaging these patients and disorders. Comparisons and contrasts to other imaging modalities will be presented where appropriate, to provide attendees with an understanding of the strengths and limitations of current MRI methods. The overall goals are to increase the attendee’s knowledge base in these areas, and to inform future clinical imaging decision-making.
Upon completion of this case based session, participants should be able to:
  • Critique the strengths and limitations of current cardiovascular MRI techniques when applied to clinical diagnostic testing;
  • Compare coronary MR and CT angiography at 1.5 and 3T field strengths, and how practical these approaches currently are;
  • Describe the etiologies of right heart failure, and the clinical applications of MR techniques to evaluate these disorders, especially the assessment of right heart function;
  • Compare the current clinical techniques for assessment of ischemic heart disease, and the use of MR methods for assessment of ischemia, perfusion reserve, and viability;
  • Appraise the potential clinical applications of 7T cardiovascular MRI, and the technical challenges that will need to be resolved for wider application of the technique, and
  • Evaluate how the attendee’s current approaches to these diseases may need to be modified based on expert advice.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009
  Coronary MRA  
07:00 Applications and Needs (Including CT) Michael V. McConnell, M.D., MSEE
07:20 1.5T Techniques Matthias Stuber, Ph.D.
07:40 3.0T Techniques Debiao Li, Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
Wednesday, 22 April 2009  
  Right Heart Failure  
07:00 Congenital Heart Disease Jean-Paul Vallée, M.D.
07:15 Pulmonary Hypertension Gautham Reddy, M.D.
07:30 Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular and Other Cardiomyopathies Harikrishna Tandri, M.D.
07:45 Techniques for Right Heart Cardiac Function Daniel B. Ennis, Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
Thursday, 23 April 2009  
  Ischemic Disease  
07:00 Nuclear Medicine Thomas Schindler, M.D.
07:20 Evaluation of Ischemia/Perfusion Reserve Michael Jerosch-Herold, Ph.D.
07:40 Prediction of Functional Recovery (Viability and Perfusion) Christopher M. Kramer, M.D.
08:00 Adjournment  
Friday, 24 April 2009  
  7T Cardiovascular MRI: Is the Pain Worth the Gain?  
07:00 Transmitter Array J. Thomas Vaughan, Ph.D.
07:20 Cardiac Matthew D. Robson, Ph.D.
07:40 Vascular Mark E. Ladd, Ph.D.
08:00 Adjournment