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.

Thursday 4 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 advanced techniques including perfusion and diffusion imaging as well as recent developments in high-field imaging.

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:
• Describe the principles of perfusion imaging and diffusion weighted imaging;
• Select the appropriate contrast agents to be used to target different anatomical areas and physiological processes during imaging, and explain why; and
• Understand current concepts, applications and challenges in high-field MR imaging.

Moderators: Brian A. Hargreaves, Ph.D., Michael Markl, Ph.D.
16:00 Artifacts to Artefacts: Causes & Cures from Clinical Perspective
Vikas Gulani, M.D., Ph.D.
16:40 Contrast Agents
Bernd Jung, Ph.D.
17:20 High Field Imaging
Priti Balchandani, Ph.D.
18:00 Adjournment & Meet the Teachers