Weekend Educational Course:
MR Physics for Physicists
Organizers: Michael H. Buonocore, M.D., Ph.D., Michael Markl, Ph.D., and Oliver Speck, Ph.D.
Skill Level: Intermediate - Advanced
Saturday, 1 May 2010

This one-day course will explore the physical methods and mathematical models that underlie nearly all research and development in MRI and MR spectroscopy. Each lecture will be given by a Ph.D. scientist or engineer who has made significant contributions in their topic area. We will cover the general topics of spin physics, magnetization generation, signal detection, generation of contrast, and imaging physics. Discussions will follow each talk.
Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:
  • Derive equations used to describe spin and magnetization dynamics;
  • Describe physical models for spin polarization and relaxation;
  • Describe physical mechanisms responsible for magnetization relaxation;
  • Compare physical models used to understand image contrast generation; and
  • Explain physical models used for MRI risk assessment.

  Spin Physics  
08:30 Origins of the Equations Describing Magnetization Dynamics Michael H. Buonocore, M.D., Ph.D.
09:00 The Spin Density Matrix to Describe Spin Populations & Coherence Transfers Gerald B. Matson, Ph.D.
09:30 Prediction of MR Spectra Using the Spin Density Formalism Thomas Ernst, Ph.D.
10:00 Break  
  10:00 - 10:15 Meet the Teachers  
  Magnetization Creation & Signal Detection
10:30 Physics of Hyperpolarization Methods Jim M. Wild, Ph.D.
11:00 Signal Detection: Virtual Photons & Coherent Spontaneous Emission Stanislav Sykora, Ph.D., Dr. Ing.
11:30 Theory of RF Reciprocity Tamer S. Ibrahim, Ph.D.
12:00 Break  
  12:00 - 12:15 Meet the Teachers  
  Generation of Contrast  
13:30 Mechanisms of Spin Relaxation at the Atomic & Molecular Level Huiming Zhang, Ph.D.
14:00 Cellular & Tissue Structures that Influence Image Contrast Dmitry A. Yablonskiy, Ph.D.
14:30 Physics & Mathematics Challenges of Susceptibility Weighted Imaging Jürgen R. Reichenbach, Ph.D.
15:00 Break  
  15:00 - 15:15 Meet the Teachers  
  Imaging Physics  
15:30 Spin Phase Graphs & the Analysis of Echo Formation Matthias Weigel, Ph.D.
16:00 Derviation of Dynamic Equilibrium Equations for Fast Imaging Oliver Bieri, Ph.D.
16:30 Limits of SNR, Spatial Resolution & Imaging Speed Sebastian Kozerke, Ph.D.
17:00 Physical Models Revealing the Risks of MRI for Human Subjects John A. Nyenhuis, Ph.D.
17:30 Physics of Magnetic Particle Imaging Jürgen Rahmer, Ph.D.
18:00 Adjournment  
  18:00 - 18:15 Meet the Teachers  


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