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

MR Systems Engineering
SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate
ORGANIZERS: Christopher M. Collins, Ph.D.
Saturday, 30 May 2015
This one-day Educational Course is targeted at scientists and clinicians interested in understanding the engineering of magnetic resonance systems. In a series of lectures from experts in MR Systems Engineering, attendees will first be provided with an overview of an MR system, and then learn about the design of magnet, gradients and shim systems, as well as the operation of the radiofrequency (RF) electronic subsystems that interface with RF coils. Issues relating to the siting and installation of new MR systems will also be discussed. In addition attendees will be taught about the basic mechanisms by which medical devices interact with the static magnet field and gradients within an MRI scanner, as well as the interactions of these low frequency electromagnetic fields with the human body. This course is aimed at scientists and clinicians with a technical background and interest in MR systems hardware. It is expected to provide attendees with an understanding of fundamental aspects of MR system operation.
Scientists, medical physicists and clinicians who are starting to work in the field of MRI and would like to have an overview of the engineering of an MR system. More experienced researchers in particular areas of MR Engineering will also benefit from hearing about recent advances in the engineering of MR systems.

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

  • Assess the basic hardware components of an MRI scanner and how they interact;
  • Evaluate issues related to siting a new MR scanner;
  • Recognize practical limitations in the construction and installation of magnets, gradients and shim systems;
  • Identify the basic mechanisms by which medical devices interact with the magnet and gradients within an MRI scanner;
  • Describe the interactions of low frequency electromagnetic fields with the human body; and
  • Explain the RF electronic subsystems that interface with RF coils.


Moderators: Ed B. Boskamp, Ph.D. & Maxim Zaitsev, Ph.D.

08:30 MR System Overview (What is Required to Accomplish MRI?)
Shin-ichi Urayama, M.Sc.
    Magnets & Shims
09:00 Magnet Design, Manufacture & Installation  - permission withheld
Michael W. Mallett Ph.D.
09:30 Shimming: Superconducting, Static & Active
Anke Henning, Ph.D.
10:00   Break & Meet the Teachers
10:30 Gradient Coil Design & Manufacture
William B. Handler, Ph.D.
11:00 Gradient Train: Power Amplification Through Chiller Requirements
Blaine A. Chronik, Ph.D.
11:30 Eddy Current Calibration & Gradient Preemphasis
Thomas Witzel, Ph.D.
12:00   Lunch & Meet the Teachers
    RF & The Console 
13:30 RF Transmit & Receive Chains
Greig C. Scott, Ph.D.
14:00 Control in Execution: Pulse Sequences to Waveforms & Real-Time Controllers
Maxim Zaitsev, Ph.D.
14:30 Signal Processing & Reconstruction: FIDs to Images
Graeme C. McKinnon, Ph.D.
15:00   Lunch & Meet the Teachers
    Safety & Field Interactions
15:30 MR Safety
Alayar Kangarlu, Ph.D.
16:00 SAR & RF Power Monitoring
Ingmar Graesslin, Dipl.-Ing.
16:30 Safety of Devices & Implants in MR
Gregor Schaefers, Dipl.Ing. (FH)
17:00   Adjournment & Meet the Teachers