ISMRM 25th Annual Meeting & Exhibition • 22-27 April 2017 • Honolulu, HI, USA

Educational Session: MR Physics & Techniques for Clinicians

Educational Course

ORGANIZERS: Marcus T. Alley, Ph.D. & Bernd Jung, Ph.D.

Thursday, 27 April 2017
Room 316BC  08:15 - 10:15 Moderators: Nicole Seiberlich, Matthias Weigel

Skill Level: Basic to Intermediate

Slack Channel: #e_crosscutting
Session Number: Th02

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
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
-Identify common MR imaging artifacts, their causes and implement strategies to mitigate image artifacts;
-Select the appropriate contrast agents to be used to target different anatomical areas and physiological processes during imaging, and explain why; and
-List current concepts, applications and challenges in high-field MR imaging.

Artifacts to Artefacts: Causes & Cures from Clinical Perspective
Vikas Gulani
Contrast Agents - permission withheld
Val Runge
“The gadolinium chelates (the GBCAs) are critical to disease diagnosis by MR, indeed to clinical medicine worldwide, and have proven to be overall a very safe class of contrast media.” This review focuses on the current knowledge regarding accumulation of gadolinium in the brain (dentate nucleus and other structures) and body, with clinical recommendations based on that and other safety data, including the recent European Agency recommendation.

High Field Imaging
Sebastian Schmitter
The MRI main field strenth has been constantly increased over the past decades. Today, scanners with 3T, 7T and even beyond are in use, however ultra-high field (≥7T) systems are mostly used in research centers although the transition into hospitals is expected. The reasons for using (ultra-)high fields are multifold and will be outlined in this presentation. Along with these benefits go a larger range of challenges, which are among the reasons for the rather slow transition of UHF into clinical applications. Solutions to most of these challenges will be presented and applications will be highlighted.


The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for
Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.