Weekend Educational Course:
Imaging Strategies
Organizers: Walter Block, Ph.D., Jean H. Brittain, Ph.D. and Brian A. Hargreaves, Ph.D.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Sunday, 19 April 2009
08:30 - 17:00

This one day course will cover methods important for people who want to design or understand imaging pulse sequences and reconstruction methods. It is meant to be a companion course to "MR Physics for Physicists”, which will be held the previous day. This course is composed of four sessions: General Pulse Sequence Strategies, Pulse Sequence Tools, and Tools for Rapid Imaging I & II.
It will encompass data collection strategies and their uses; design of pulse sequences to achieve the desired contrast; addressing patient and physiologic motion; methods for rapid spectroscopic imaging; methods of acceleration; and the basic principles of parallel transmit methods.
Upon completion of this case based session, participants should be able to:
  • Provide examples of different data collection strategies, and their uses;
  • Design pulse sequences for a given application, to achieve the desired contrast;
  • Understand approaches to address patient and physiologic motion;
  • Explain methods for rapid spectroscopic imaging, and how they differ from conventional CSI;
  • Explain some of the different methods of acceleration, and their advantages and disadvantages; and
  • Explain the basic principles of parallel transmit methods.

Sunday, 19 April 2009
  General Pulse Sequences Strategies  
08:30 Echo-Train Sequences: EPI, RARE, GRASE John P. Mugler III, Ph.D.
09:00  Steady-State Sequences: From Spoiled to Balanced Klaus Scheffler, Ph.D.
09:30 Image Contrast Strategies Jeffrey L. Duerk, Ph.D.
10:00 Break - Meet the Teachers  
  Pulse Sequence Tools  
10:30 RF Pulse Design Charles H. Cunningham, Ph.D.
11:00 Motion-Sensitizing Gradients: ASL, Diffusion and Phase Contrast Eric C. Wong, M.D., Ph.D.
11:30 Motion Compensation Strategies Anja C. Brau, Ph.D.
12:00 Break - Meet the Teachers  
  Tools for Rapid Imaging - 1  
13:30 Acceleration Possibilities with Alternative Trajectories Dwight G. Nishimura, Ph.D.
14:00 Temporal Undersampling Strategies Jeffrey Tsao, Ph.D.
14:30 Spectroscopic Imaging: Implementation and Acceleration Ulrike Dydak, Ph.D.
15:00 Break - Meet the Teachers  
  Tools for Rapid Imaging - 2  
15:30 Parallel Imaging: Principles and Implementation Philip J. Beatty, Ph.D.
16:00 Constrained Reconstruction Methods Zhi-Pei Liang, Ph.D.
16:30 Parallel Transmit: Methods & Applications V. Andrew Stenger, Ph.D.
17:00 Adjournment - Meet the Teachers