Weekend Educational Course:
Clinical MRI: From Physical Principles to Practical Protocols
Organizers: Andrew J. Kiruluta, Ph.D. and Joshua S. Shimony, M.D., Ph.D.
Skill Level: Basic
Sunday, 19 April 2009
08:30 - 17:00

This one day program will begin with a basic overview of MR physics. Then, 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.
Upon completion of this case based session, participants should be able to:
  • Describe routine clinical protocols on a system-by-system basis;
  • Compare 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;
  • Demonstrate an integrated understanding of the underlying MR physics behind clinical protocols; and
  • Describe new impact areas in MR imaging, such as high fields and parallel acquisition, and their influence on clinical protocol design issues.

Sunday, 19 April 2009
08:30 Overview of MR Physics: T1, T2 Donald B. Plewes, Ph.D.
08:55 Sequences: GE, SE and Variants Marshall Sussman, Ph.D.
09:20 Advanced MR Imaging concepts: EPI, DTI… Michael Noseworthy, Ph.D.
09:45 Formal Question Period  
10:00 Break - Meet the Teachers  
10:20 Body MRI 1 Mukesh G. Harisinghani, M.D.
  Body MRI 2 Milind Dhamankar, Ph.D.
11:05 Formal Question Period  
11:10 Breast MRI 1 Nola Hylton, Ph.D.
  Breast MRI 2 Bonnie N. Joe, M.D., Ph.D.
11:55 Formal Question Period  
12:00 Break - Meet the Teachers  
13:00 Vascular 1 Martin R. Prince, M.D., Ph.D.
  Vascular 2 Pascal Spincemaille, Ph.D.
13:45 Formal Question Period  
13:50 Cardiac 1 Alexander J. Dick, M.D.
  Cardiac 2 Graham Wright, Ph.D.
14:35 Formal Question Period  
14:40 MSK 1 Garry E. Gold, M.D.
  MSK 2 Brian Hargreaves, Ph.D.
15:25 Formal Question Period  
15:30 Break - Meet the Teachers  
15:50 Neuro 1 Paul Parizel, M.D., Ph.D.
  Neuro 2 Wim Van Hecke, Ph.D.
16:35 Formal Question Period  
16:40 Adjournment - Meet the Teachers