Weekday Educational Course:
MR Physics & Techniques for Clinicians
Clinical Intensive Education Option
Organizers: Marcus T. Alley, Ph.D., and Michael Markl, Ph.D.
Skill Level: Basic - Intermediate
Monday - Thursday, 3-6 May 2010
16:00 18:00

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 design and 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 course 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.

16:30 Spin Gymnastics I Walter Kucharczyk, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
17:10 Spin Gymnastics II Donald B. Plewes, Ph.D.
17:50 K-Space Anja C. Brau, Ph.D.
18:30 Adjournment  
16:00 Spin Echo Imaging Bernd A. Jung, 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  
16:00 Ultrafast Imaging Jeffrey Tsao, Ph.D.
16:40 Parallel Imaging Stefan O. Schoenberg, M.D.
17:20 High Field Imaging Gunnar Krueger, Ph.D.
18:00 Adjournment  
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  


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