Weekday Educational Course:
Atherosclerosis Imaging
Organizers: Debiao Li, Ph.D. and Orlando P. Simonetti, Ph.D
Skill Level: Intermediate
Tuesday, 21 April 2009
10:30 - 12:30

This two-hour course will consist of talks by physicians and basic scientists, followed by a panel discussion. The principal topics to be covered will be
  • Plaque biology;
  • Current applications/clinical trials of MR atherosclerosis imaging;
  • Non-contrast MR techniques for atherosclerosis imaging; and
  • Targeted contrast techniques for atherosclerosis imaging.
The overall goal is to provide a comprehensive overview of plaque biology and state-of-the-art MRI techniques for atherosclerosis imaging of the entire body. Attendees will come away with a systematic understanding of the relationships between atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease and between imaging characteristics and plaque components. The audience will also learn the appropriate MRI protocols for atherosclerosis imaging, including conventional methods and targeted contrast-enhanced techniques under testing in animal models.
Upon completion of this case based session, participants should be able to:
  • Describe various plaque components in different stages of the atherosclerosis progression;
  • Recognize the relationship between atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease;
  • Identify imaging characteristics for different plaque components; and
  • Design appropriate imaging protocols for atherosclerosis imaging.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009
10:30 Plaque Biology Sanjay Rajagopalan, Ph.D.
10:55 Current Applications/ Clinical Trials Chun Yuan, Ph.D.
11:20 Non-Contrast Techniques Zahi Adel Fayad, Ph.D.
11:45 Targeted Contrast Techniques Patrick M. Winter, Ph.D.
12:20 Panel Discussion  
12:30 Adjournment