Weekend Educational Course:
Cardiovascular MRI: Current Applications, Clinical Needs and Technical Developments
Organizers: Subha V. Raman,  M.D., Orlando P. Simonetti, Ph.D., and Han Wen, Ph.D.
Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Saturday, 18 April 2009
08:30 - 18:00

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. State-of-the-art cardiac and vascular imaging techniques will be described in detail by MRI physicists and physician experts will identify and demonstrate current clinical applications. Specific topics will include MR angiography, cardiac function, flow, perfusion imaging, tissue characterization and an overview of coming technologies. This course will provide basic background and an overview of the technology and applications that will be covered in the weekday categorical courses on cardiovascular MRI. Time will be allotted for personal discussion with the teachers.
Upon completion of this case based session, participants should be able to:
  • Recognize the role of CMR in the context of other cardiac imaging modalities;
  • Describe the basic clinical indications for cardiac and vascular MRI;
  • Explain the physical bases of the various techniques used for MRI of the cardiovascular system;
  • Identify the pitfalls and challenges of the various CMR techniques;
  • Design appropriate scanning protocols for angiography, perfusion, function, viability, and velocity imaging; and
  • Apply new technology and predict how future advances will play a role in cardiovascular MRI.

Saturday, 18 April 2009
  Chairmenís Overview  
08:30 Overview of Todayís Program Orlando P. Simonetti, Ph.D.
08:35 CMR in the Context of Other Modalities Christopher M. Kramer, M.D.
  Non-Coronary MR Angiography  
09:00 Clinical Applications and Needs Stefan O. Schoenberg, M.D.
09:30 Contrast-Enhanced Methods Walter F. Block, Ph.D.
10:00 MRA without Contrast Agent Mitsue Miyazaki, Ph.D.
10:30 Break - Meet the Teachers  
  Advanced Cardiac Function  
11:00 Clinical Applications and Needs Subha V. Raman, M.D.
11:30 Techniques Daniel Kim, Ph.D.
12:00 Break - Meet the Teachers  
  Evaluation of Complex Blood Flow  
13:30 Clinical Applications and Needs Robert J. Herfkens, M.D.
14:00 Techniques David N. Firmin, Ph.D.
  Myocardial Perfusion  
14:30 Clinical Applications and Needs Steven D. Wolff, M.D., Ph.D.
15:00 New Techniques (Spin Labeling, BOLD) Rohan Dharmakumar, Ph.D.
15:30 Break - Meet the Teachers  
  Tissue Characterization  
16:00 Clinical Applications and Needs Jeanette Schulz-Menger, M.D.
16:30 Non-Contrast Techniques (T2/T2*, Diffusion) Anothony H. Aletras, Ph.D.
  Advanced Technical Developments for CV Imaging  
17:00 Parallel Imaging, High Fields, RF Coils Mark A. Griswold, Ph.D.
17:30 Adjournment - Meet the Teachers