Weekend Educational Course:
Imaging Strategies
Organizers: Walter F. Block, Ph.D., Jean H. Brittain, Ph.D., and Brian A. Hargreaves, Ph.D.
Skill Level: Intermediate
Sunday, 2 May 2010

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 complementary course to "MR Physics for Physicists”, which will be held the previous day. Four general topics will be covered: General Pulse Sequence Strategies; Pulse Sequence Tools; Tools for Rapid Imaging; and Imaging Beyond Morphology.
Upon completion of this course 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;
  • Describe approaches to address patient and physiologic motion;
  • Explain some of the different methods of acceleration, and their advantages and disadvantages;
  • Identify the basic differences between conventional and more recent methods of image reconstruction (e.g. constrained reconstruction methods); and
  • Explain how different acquisition and reconstruction methods can be used to acquire quantitative parametric images in addition to morphology.

  General Pulse Sequences Strategies  
08:30 Echo-Train Sequences: EPI, 2D RARE & 3D Strategies John P. Mugler, III, Ph.D.
09:00 Steady-State Sequences: Spoiled & Balanced Methods Karla L. Miller, Ph.D.
09:30 Magnetization Preparation: Contrast Manipulation & Targeted Spin Saturation Graham A. Wright, Ph.D.
10:00 Break  
  10:00 - 10:15 Meet the Teachers  
  Pulse Sequence Tools  
10:30 RF Pulse Toolkit: Different Pulses for Different Needs William A. Grissom, Ph.D.
11:00 Motion-Sensitizing Gradients: ASL, Diffusion, Phase Contrast, & MR Elastography Eric C. Wong, M.D., Ph.D.
11:30 Motion Compensation Strategies Anja C. Brau, Ph.D.
12:00 Break  
  12:00 - 12:15 - Meet the Teachers  
  Tools for Rapid Imaging  
13:30 Acceleration Through Alternate Trajectories James G. Pipe, Ph.D.
14:00 Parallel Imaging: Principles & Implementation Nicole E. Seiberlich, Ph.D., B.Sc.
14:30 Constrained Reconstruction Methods from Sparsely Sampled Data - not available Zhi-Pei Liang, Ph.D.
15:00 Break  
  15:00 - 15:15 Meet the Teachers  
  Imaging Beyond Morphology  
15:30 Temporal & Parametric Undersampling Strategies Jeffrey Tsao, Ph.D.
16:00 Tools for Mapping & Quantitative Imaging Krishna S. Nayak, Ph.D.
16:30 Methods for Dynamic Contrast Enhanced MR Perfusion
in the Brain & Beyond
Timothy P. Roberts, Ph.D.
17:00 Adjournment  
  17:00 - 17:15 - Meet the Teachers  


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