CLINICAL INTENSIVE COURSE (Monday-Wednesday Courses)
MR Physics & Techniques for Clinicians
ORGANIZERS: Marcus T. Alley, Ph.D. & Michael Markl, Ph.D.
SKILL LEVEL: Basic-Intermediate
Monday-Thursday, 7-10 May 2012

This eight-hour course over four days will be a basic and comprehensive review of MRI physics and techniques. The presentations will be non-mathematical and suitable for clinicians and physicists new to the field. The course will cover the basic principles of MR physics (signal generation, encoding and relaxation), pulse sequence design and timing diagrams, spin-echo imaging, gradient-echo imaging, and fast spin-echo imaging, and a variety of more advanced techniques including ultra-fast imaging, parallel imaging, high-field imaging, perfusion and diffusion imaging, the use of contrast agents and an overview of the types of artifacts that appear in MR imaging.
Upon completion of this course participants should be able to:
Define and describe the fundamental principles of MR imaging, including the definition of spin magnetization, the Larmor relationship, relaxation phenomena and the process of using the spin magnetization to produce an image;
Explain imaging pulse sequences based upon spin and gradient echoes, including fast spin-echo and echo planar techniques;
Design MR imaging protocols for diagnostic applications considering image contrast, spatial resolution, acquisition time, signal-to-noise ratio and artifacts;
Describe the principles of parallel imaging, high-field imaging, perfusion imaging and diffusion imaging; and
Select the appropriate contrast agents to be used to target different anatomical areas and physiological processes during imaging, and explain why.
This course is primarily designed for the clinician who will benefit from an understanding of the "how’s and why’s" of MR imaging. While it requires no prior experience with MR, those with some familiarity and experience will also benefit. Those interested may include: radiologists and clinicians relatively new to MR imaging (including residents and fellows), experienced radiologists and clinicians wanting a refresher course in MR physics, and physicists and engineers wanting an introduction to the field.


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  Moderators: Marcus T. Alley, Ph.D. & Michael Markl, Ph.D.
Monday, 7 May 2012
16:30 Spin Gymnastics 1 Walter Kucharczyk, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
17:10 Spin Gymnastics 2 Donald B. Plewes, Ph.D.
17:50 K-Space Kevin M. Koch, Ph.D.
18:30 Adjournment  
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
16:00 Spin Echo Imaging Bernd A. Jung, Ph.D.
16:40 Gradient Echo Imaging Daniel B. Ennis, Ph.D.
17:20 Fast Spin Echo Imaging Frank R. Korosec, Ph.D.
18:00 Adjournment  
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
16:00 Ultrafast Imaging Pauline W. Worters, Ph.D.
16:40 Parallel Imaging Brian A. Hargreaves, Ph.D.
17:20 Artifacts to Artefacts: Causes & Cures from Clinical Perspective Walter F. Block, Ph.D.
18:00 Adjournment  
Thursday, 10 May 2012
16:00 Diffusion & Perfusion Weighted Imaging Matthias Weigel, Ph.D.
16:40 Contrast Agents Michael V. Knopp, M.D., Ph.D.
17:20 High Field Imaging Gunnar Krueger, Ph.D.
18:00 Adjournment