Your Coils & You 2012: A Primer for the Busy Clinician & the Curious Scientist
ORGANIZERS: Roland Bammer, Ph.D. & Daniel K. Sodickson, M.D., Ph.D.
Thursday, 10 May 2012


RF transmitter and detector coils are nearly universal requirement 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. This year’s course will build upon a similar course offered last year, and will have an even more explicit focus on informing everyday clinical and research practice. For example, a buyer’s and user’s guide to RF coils will be offered from the complementary perspectives of a radiologist and a physicist, after which case-based learning will be led by another physicist-radiologist team.

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;
Identify common artifacts and explain important rules of thumb associated with RF coil safety, hardware issues, and performance; and
Describe current trends and new developments in RF coil and MR scanner design which may influence future clinical and research practice.
This course is designed for busy clinicians and curious scientists who want to learn more about what RF coils are, how they work, and how to use them.


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  Moderators: Roland Bammer, Ph.D. & Daniel K. Sodickson, M.D., Ph.D.
13:30 A Buyer’s & User’s Guide to RF Coils: Radiologist’s Perspective Robert J. Herfkens, M.D.
14:00 A Buyer’s & User’s Guide to RF Coils: Physicist/Engineer’s Perspective Titus E. Lanz, Ph.D.
14:30 A Case-Based Approach to RF Coils: Tips, Tricks, Myths & Artifacts Charles A. McKenzie, Ph.D. &
Ivan Pedrosa, M.D.
15:00 Coils in 2020: How Changes in Technology Will Change Your Workflow Daniel K. Sodickson, M.D., Ph.D.
15:30 Adjournment