Weekday Educational Course:
MR Physics and Techniques for Clinicians
Organizers: Marcus Alley, Ph.D., and Frank R. Korosec, Ph.D.
Skill Level: Basic - Intermediate
Monday, 20 April through Thursday, 23 April 2009

This eight hour course will be a basic but comprehensive review of MRI physics and techniques. The presentations will be non-mathematical and will be suitable for clinicians and physicists new to the field. The course will cover the basic principles of MR physics (signal generation, encoding, and relaxation), pulse sequence timing diagrams, spin-echo imaging, gradient-echo imaging, and fast spin-echo imaging, and a variety of more advanced techniques including ultra-fast imaging, parallel imaging, high-field imaging, perfusion imaging, diffusion imaging, and functional MR imaging.
Upon completion of this case based session, participants should be able to:
  • Define and describe the fundamental principles of MR imaging, including the definition of spin magnetization, the Larmor relationship, relaxation phenomena, and the process of using the spin magnetization to produce an image;
  • Explain imaging pulse sequences based upon spin and gradient echoes, including fast spin-echo and echo planar techniques;
  • Design MR imaging protocols for diagnostic applications considering image contrast, spatial resolution, acquisition time, signal-to-noise ratio, and artifacts; and
  • Describe the principles of parallel imaging, high-field imaging, perfusion imaging, diffusion imaging, and functional MR imaging.

Monday, 20 April 2009 
16:30 Spin Gymnastics I Donald B. Plewes, Ph.D.
  Spin Gymnastics II Walter Kucharczyk, M.D.
17:50 k-Space Anja C. Brau, Ph.D.
18:30 Adjournment  
Tuesday, 21 April 2009  
16:00 Spin Echo Imaging R. Scott Hinks, Ph.D.
16:40 Gradient Echo Imaging Brian A. Hargreaves, Ph.D.
17:20 Fast Spin Echo Imaging Frank R. Korosec, Ph.D.
18:00 Adjournment  
Wednesday, 22 April 2009  
16:00 Ultrafast Imaging Jeffrey Tsao, Ph.D.
16:40 Parallel Imaging Mark A. Griswold, Ph.D.
17:20 High Field Imaging Klaus Scheffler, Ph.D.
18:00 Adjournment  
Thursday, 23 April 2009  
16:00 Diffusion Christian Beaulieu, Ph.D.
16:40 Perfusion Roland Bammer, Ph.D.
17:20 fMRI Karla L. Miller, Ph.D.
18:00 Adjournment