ISMRM 23rd Annual Meeting & Exhibition • 30 May - 05 June 2015 • Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Educational Course

MR Physics & Techniques for Clinicians

SKILL LEVEL: Basic to Intermediate

ORGANIZERS: Marcus T. Alley, Ph.D., Michael Markl, Ph.D., Brian Hargraves, Ph.D., & Nicole Seiberlich, Ph.D.

Monday 1 June 2015

This two-hour course 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) and k-space.

Target Audience 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.

Educational Objectives
As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:
• Define and describe the fundamental principles of MR imaging including the definition of spin magnetization;
• Understand the Larmor relationship, relaxation phenomena, and the process of using the spin magnetization to produce an image; and
• Describe and understand the concept of k-space.

Moderators: Marcus T. Alley, Ph.D., Nicole E. Seiberlich, Ph.D.
16:30 Spin Gymnastics 1
Walter Kucharczyk, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
17:10 Spin Gymnastics 2 - video is combined with Spin Gymnastics 1 above
Walter Kucharczyk, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
17:50 K-Space
Kevin M. Koch, Ph.D.
18:30 Adjournment & Meet the Teachers