Weekday Educational Course:
Hot Topics: MRI & the Arrhythmic Patient
Organizers: Claudia M. Hillenbrand, Ph.D., and Orlando P. Simonetti, Ph.D.
Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Thursday, 6 May 2010
10:30 - 12:30

This two-hour course will include lectures and a panel discussion covering the latest developments in cardiovascular MRI for detection of arrhythmia, and MR planning and guidance of therapy. Specific topics will include:
  • MRI detection of arrhythmic substrate;
  • MRI planning of RF ablation therapy;
  • MR-guided RF ablation; and
  • MRI of patients with implanted pacemakers and defibrillators.
Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:
  • Select optimal cardiovascular MRI methods to define which patients need defibrillators, CRT, pacemakers;
  • Explain the basic steps and concepts associated with MRI planning of RF ablation therapy;
  • Evaluate the progress in interventional CVMR and predict future directions in MR-guided RF ablation therapy; and
  • Describe the safety risks of imaging patients with pacemakers, and explain recent progress on MRI-compatible pacemakers and defibrillators.

10:30 MRI Detection of Arrhythmic Substrate Katherine C. Wu, M.D.
10:55 Role of MRI in Patient Selection for CRT John N. Oshinski, Ph.D.
11:20 MR-guided RF Ablation - not available Tobias R. Schaeffter, Ph.D.
11:45 MRI of Patients with Pacemakers and Defibrillators - not available Torsten Sommer, M.D.
12:10 Panel Discussion  
12:30 Adjournment  


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