27th ISMRM Annual Meeting • 11-16 May 2019 • Montréal, QC, Canada

Educational Course
MR Physics & Techniques for Clinicians (1)

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MR Physics & Techniques for Clinicians
Weekday Course

ORGANIZERS: Bernd Jung, Marcus Alley, Dong-Hyun Kim

Monday, 13 May 2019
Room 710A  16:00 - 18:00 Moderators:  Yoonho Nam, Marcus Alley

Skill Level: Basic to Intermediate

Session Number: M-01

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 image quality.

Target Audience
This course is primarily designed for the clinician who will benefit from an understanding of the "hows" and "whys" 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;
- Explain the Larmor relationship, relaxation phenomena, and the process of using the spin magnetization to produce an image; and
- Describe how changing acquisition parameters impacts on the image quality and understand the parameter relationships.


  Spin Gymnastics
Frank Korosec
This educational lecture will provide a general overview of the basic physics of MRI. A broad range of topics will be covered, including magnetization and signal generation, relaxation of magnetization, the spin echo phenomenon, spatial encoding of signal, and a very brief introduction to the concept of k-space. Several of the topics will be introduced in this lecture and will be further elucidated by other presenters in this course.

  Image Quality
Rafael O'Halloran
In this educational talk we discuss how MRI acquisition parameters affect aspects of image quality using the concept of k-space.

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