Your Coils & You: A Primer for the Busy Clinician & the Curious Scientist
ORGANIZERS: Roland Bammer, Ph.D., Margaret A. Hall-Craggs, M.D., & Daniel K. Sodickson, M.D., Ph.D.
Monday, 9 May 2011

RF transmitter and detector coils are nearly universal requirements for MRI, and their proper selection, placement, and use is a strong determinant of image quality. However, most educational offerings on RF coils are targeted to their designers rather than their users – to emerging or established RF engineers rather than to clinicians or basic scientists who simply wish to make best use of the coils to which they have access. This two-hour course is designed for those without an extensive engineering background, who wish to understand the basic principles, best use, and current and future applications of RF coils. Lecture topics will be:
« What is an RF coil?;
« A buyer’s and user’s guide to RF coils;
« What can coils do?; and
« Coils in 2020.
All lectures will be delivered with an eye towards informing everyday clinical and research practice.
Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:
« Explain in conceptual terms how RF transmitter and detector coils work, and list common coil types;
« Describe how to choose coils, how to place them, and how to use them safely and effectively;
« Explain how RF coils may be used to increase signal to noise ratio, to increase speed, and to tailor excitation profiles; and
« Identify current trends and new developments in RF coil and MR scanner design which may influence future clinical and research practice.

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14:00 What is an RF Coil   Cecil E. Hayes, Ph.D.
14:30 A Buyer's & User's Guide to RF Coils   Graham C. Wiggins, D.Phil.
15:00 What Can Coils Do?   Lawrence L. Wald, Ph.D.
15:30 Coils in 2020   Daniel K. Sodickson, M.D., Ph.D.
16:00 Adjourn