Weekend Educational Course:
Diffusion & Perfusion I

Diffusion Imaging Acquisition Methodology for Physicists & Engineers
Organizers: Jeffry R. Alger, Ph.D., and Joelle E. Sarlls, Ph.D.
Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Sunday, 2 May 2010

The purpose of this half-day course is to describe diffusion-weighted imaging acquisition methods, with a focus on pulse sequences. The knowledge obtained in the course should allow the participant to pursue new strategies for acquiring non-traditional diffusion-weighted imaging data and potential applications. The participant will gain knowledge of the benefits and limitations of these advanced methods.
Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:
  • List the limitations of the traditional single shot echo planar imaging acquisition in diffusion imaging;
  • Describe the latest technical advances in diffusion-weighted pulse sequences and acquisition methods;
  • Compare the benefits and limitations of different families of pulse sequences as they pertain to diffusion imaging; and
  • Recognize the utility of non-traditional diffusion-weighted MRI acquisition methods and list relevant applications.

08:00 Overall Design Criteria: Diffusion Sensitization & Image Acquisition Joelle E. Sarlls, Ph.D.
08:30 Diffusion-Weighted EPI with Parallel Imaging: Improving Resolution, Reducing Artifacts Roland Bammer, Ph.D.
09:00 Diffusion-Weighted Fast Spin Echo Imaging Ted Trouard, Ph.D.
09:30 Diffusion-Weighted Steady State Free Precession Jennifer A. McNab, Ph.D.
10:00 Break  
  10:00 - 10:15 Meet the Teachers  
10:30  Assembling Multiple B-Values and Directions with Diffusion-Weighted Spin & Stimulated Echo Imaging Sharon Peled, Ph.D.
11:00 Diffusion Imaging Approaches for Fixed Tissues & Small Animals Alexander C. Wright, Ph.D.
11:30 Diffusion Imaging of Hyperpolarized Gases John P. Mugler,III, Ph.D.
12:00 Adjournment  
  12:00 - 12:15 - Meet the Teachers  


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