ISMRM 21st Annual Meeting & Exhibition 20-26 April 2013 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

MR Physics for Physicists
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced
ORGANIZERS: Xiaoping P. Hu, Ph.D., Jürgen R. Reichenbach, Ph.D. & Jianhui Zhong, Ph.D.
Saturday, 20 April 2013
This one-day course systematically describes basic theories of NMR physics and electromagnetism and their connections with major aspects of MR. It will provide a systematic and in-depth understanding of major topics of MR from the basic physics principles, laying the foundation that underlies research and development for MR imaging and spectroscopy, and prepare the audience with the physics and mathematical foundations of MRI and MRS needed to advance to advance both basic science and applied clinical research projects. Lectures cover basic principles of NMR and its implication for relaxation, contrast, RF excitation and diffusion weighted imaging, and Maxwell’s equations and their implication in static fields, gradients and RF coil design and pulse design. Each 25-minute didactic lecture will be given by an accomplished PhD scientist-teacher and is followed by a 5-minute discussion. As in all weekend courses, informal “Meet the Teachers” breaks are provided throughout the program.
The course is designed for Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. graduates in natural sciences, applied mathematics or engineering, as well as established physicians and PhD scientists. Individuals who will likely benefit most from the course are those who have recently completed or will complete a graduate educational program in MR physics, chemistry, applied mathematics or engineering and those practitioners of MR with extensive practical experience but seek to obtain a more systematic physics foundation.

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Gain an unified view of the fundamental physical bases of MR;
  • Explain models to understand the quantum mechanical nature of NMR;
  • Understand the importance of the Bloch equations and classical description of NMR;
  • Identify the interaction between spin-bearing particles and electromagnetic fields;
  • Understand the relevance of electromagnetic fields and their description by Maxwell’s equation in MRI; and
  • Explain models of relaxation.


Moderators: Xiaoping P. Hu, Ph.D., Jürgen R. Reichenbach, Ph.D. & Jianhui Zhong, Ph.D.

      NMR Physics: Firming Up the Foundations  
08:30 Quantum Mechanical Description of NMR - From Wave Function to Bloch Equation Michael H. Buonocore, M.D., Ph.D.
09:00 Application of Quantum Mechanics & Statistical Mechanics: Equilibrium Magnetization, Relaxation & Density Matrix Adam W. Anderson, Ph.D.
09:30 Practical Use of Multiple Quantum Coherences in Spectral Editing & 2D NMR Robin A. de Graaf, Ph.D.
10:00     Break - Meet the Teachers  
10:30 From Bloch Equation to MR contrasts: Relaxation & Physical bases of Tissue Contrast John C. Gore, Ph.D.
11:00 Other Contrast: Polarization Transfer, Chemical Exchange & Magnetization Transfer Penny Anne Gowland, Ph.D.
11:30 Bloch Equation in the Rotating Frame, Multidimensional Excitation V. Andrew Stenger, Ph.D.
12:00 Bloch-Torrey Equation & Diffusion Imaging (DWI, DTI, q-Space Imaging) Jennifer A. McNab, Ph.D.
12:30     Break  
      12:30-12:45 Meet the Teachers  
      Electromagnetic Fields in MRI: From Theory to Practice  
14:00 Maxwell Equations & EM Modeling Frank Engelke, Ph.D.
14:30 Static Magnetic Field: Magnetic Field (in)Homogeneity, Effects of Susceptibility, Demagnetizing Field & Lorentz Sphere José P. Marques, Ph.D.
15:00 Understanding Gradients from an EM Perspective: (Gradient Linearity, Eddy Currents, Maxwell Terms & Peripheral Nerve Stimulation) Peter Dietz
15:30     Break - Meet the Teachers  
16:00 RF Field Generation, Coupling, Standing Wave Transmission David O. Brunner, Ph.D.
16:30  RF Field Transmission: B1-Field Non-Uniformity & SAR Brian K. Rutt, Ph.D.
17:00  B1-Shimming & Parallel Transmission Peter Börnert, Ph.D.
17:30 The Reciprocity Principle in NMR Reception James Tropp, Ph.D.
18:00     Adjournment  
      18:00-18:15 Meet the Teachers