Imaging Strategies
ORGANIZERS: Peter Börnert, Ph.D., Brian A. Hargreaves, Ph.D. & James G. Pipe, Ph.D.
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate
Sunday, 8 May 2011

This one-day course will cover methods important to 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:
« Name 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, 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.

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  General Pulse Sequences Strategies  
08:30 Echo-Train Sequences: EPI, 2D RARE & 3D Strategies   David C. Alsop, Ph.D.
09:00 Steady-State Sequences: Spoiled & Balanced Methods   Karla L. Miller, Ph.D.
09:30 Magnetization Preparation for Contrast Manipulation & Beyond   Daniel A. Herzka, 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 Sensitized MR: ASL, Diffusion, Phase Contrast & MR Elastography   Derek K. Jones, Ph.D.
11:30 Motion Compensation Strategies   David Atkinson, 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.
14:30 Reconstruction Methods for Undersampled Data   Jeffrey A. Fessler, Ph.D.
15:00 Break  
  15:00 - 15:15 Meet the Teachers  
  Imaging Beyond Morphology  
15:30 Temporal & Parametric Undersampling Strategies   Michael S. Hansen, Ph.D.
16:00 Techniques for MR Parameter Mapping & Quantitative Imaging   Stefanie Remmele, Ph.D.
16:30 Dynamic Contrast Enhanced Perfusion in the Brain & Body   Thomas E. Yankeelov, Ph.D.
17:00 Adjournment  
  17:00-17:15 Meet the Teachers