What Went Wrong? A Case-Based Approach to MR Image Quality
ORGANIZERS: Walter F. Block, Ph.D., Derek K. Jones, Ph.D. & Charles A. McKenzie, Ph.D.
Thursday, 12 May 2011

This two-hour course addresses a skill sets gap in identifying and debugging the sources of artifacts in MRI. MRI is a sophisticated technology with a myriad of sources of artifacts, from external interference, and hardware problems, to pulse sequence imperfections and image reconstruction limitations. The course provides an interactive means for rapidly identifying effect and cause of image artifacts.
Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:
« List and describe principle categories of artifacts;
« Explain sources of commonly encountered artifacts and methods to avoid them; and
« Recommend further tests for problem solving and troubleshooting artifacts.

Hosts: Walter F. Block, Ph.D., Derek K. Jones, Ph.D. & Charles A. McKenzie, Ph.D.

In our “Guess That Artifact” game show, contestants will compete in the evaluation of MR artifacts from the mundane to the esoteric over the course of 2 hours. Emphasis will be placed on the physical origin and methods for mitigating the artifact. Winners will receive not-so-valuable prizes! Each round will be followed by a brief (five-minute) explanation by one of our hosts.