Joint Annual Meeting ISMRM-ESMRMB 2014 10-16 May 2014 Milan, Italy

Nuts & Bolts of Advanced Imaging
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced
ORGANIZERS: Alexey Samsonov, Ph.D. & Jeffrey Tsao, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Thursday, 15 May 2014
This course covers the principles and application of parallel transmission and image reconstruction. For the transmission section, the key topics are the underlying principles, the B1 and E-field behaviors of transmit arrays, techniques for optimizing B1 shimming, and parallel pulse design in the context of local/global SAR. For the reconstruction section, this course bridges theory to practical considerations in implementing high-performance, production-level reconstruction algorithms.
Those with an interest in: 1) practical implementation of production-level image reconstruction algorithms, 2) understanding the physical principles of parallel transmission, B1 shimming and SAR behavior in high-field MRI.

As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the basic theory of B1 shimming, RF pulse design and behavior of B1/E fields;
  • Illustrate the principles of local/global SARs within the context of RF pulse design and B1 shimming;
  • Compare major methods of RF pulse design for parallel transmission;
  • Understand the connection among different parallel imaging reconstruction algorithms;
  • Select appropriate parallel imaging reconstruction algorithms based on the imaging application;
  • Identify practical performance-limiting problems in parallel imaging reconstruction; and
  • Formulate strategies for mitigating parallel imaging performance problems.

1) Tamer S. Ibrahim, Ph.D. The following must be performed by Wed May 14th but preferably before you travel to the meeting.
Please go to
You will have the following folders and files. --- ~750MB (Please download this file, preferably before you travel to the meeting)

How to Unzip the File:

Software should be available to unzip your file. Programs such as WinZip, 7-Zip, etc. can be utilized to run the file. If you do not have any of these programs, you can unzip the file using 7-Zip. The software can be downloaded from

More details are available in the ReadMe.pdf file.

2) William A. Grissom, Ph.D. Please go to to download the handouts
This is a shortened link that directs to a .zip file on a Vanderbilt web page.



Moderators: Alexey Samsonov, Ph.D. & Jeffrey Tsao, Ph.D., M.B.A.

07:00   Introduction of Session Jeffrey Tsao, Ph.D., M.B.A.
07:05 Break-Out Groups to Work on Exercises on Reconstruction or Parallel Transmission William A. Grissom, Ph.D.
Tamer S. Ibrahim, Ph.D.
07:40     Regroup To Go Over Solution Approaches William A. Grissom, Ph.D. &
Tamer S. Ibrahim, Ph.D.
07:50     Adjournment