ISMRM 21^{st}
Annual Meeting & Exhibition
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2026 April 2013
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Salt Lake City, Utah, USA 
WEEKEND
EDUCATIONAL COURSE 
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 
08:3018:15 


OVERVIEW 
This oneday course
systematically describes basic theories of NMR physics and
electromagnetism and their connections with major aspects of MR. It
will provide a systematic and indepth 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 25minute didactic lecture will be given by
an accomplished PhD scientistteacher and is followed by a 5minute
discussion. As in all weekend courses, informal “Meet the Teachers”
breaks are provided throughout the program. 

TARGET AUDIENCE 
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. 

EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES
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 spinbearing particles and electromagnetic fields;
 Understand the relevance
of electromagnetic fields and their description by Maxwell’s
equation in MRI; and
 Explain models of
relaxation.



PROGRAM 
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 


BlochTorrey Equation & Diffusion Imaging (DWI, DTI,
qSpace Imaging) 
Jennifer A. McNab, Ph.D. 





12:30 


Break 




12:3012:45 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: B_{1}Field NonUniformity & SAR 
Brian K. Rutt, Ph.D. 
17:00 


B_{1}Shimming & Parallel Transmission 
Peter Börnert, Ph.D. 
17:30 


The Reciprocity Principle in NMR Reception 
James Tropp, Ph.D. 





18:00 


Adjournment 




18:0018:15 Meet the Teachers 







