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

Weekend Educational Session
Physics for Physicists

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Physics for Physicists
Weekend Course

ORGANIZERS: Christoph Juchem, Herbert Köstler

Saturday, 11 May 2019
  08:00 - 16:30 Moderators:  Tobias Wech, Sebastian Theilenberg

Skill Level: Basic to Advanced

Session Number: WE-01AB

The course comprises the physics of magnetic resonance from the first principles to the latest theoretical and experimental developments, including the mechanisms of spin polarization, the origin and detection of the NMR signal, MR system design and components, echo formation, MR spectroscopy, k-space and image reconstruction, contrast mechanisms, image quality measures, pulse sequence design, tissue-field interactions and safety, artifacts, parallel imaging, RF pulse design, as well as numerical simulations and available MR toolboxes related to the various topics at hand.

Target Audience
The course is intended for everybody in the MR scientific community who wishes to learn MR physics and engineering at an advanced technical level. While primarily designed for Ph.D. candidates and recent Ph.D. post-graduates in physics, engineering and related fields, this course is also suited for established MR scientists and physicians who seek a better quantitative understanding of specific areas of MR physics and technology. Individuals who are working in MR technology research and development and who wish to broaden their knowledge of MR physics will find this course particularly helpful.

Educational Objectives
As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:
- Recognize spin behavior in a magnetic field and the different quantum mechanical interactions of spins;
- Define the physical principles of MR signal generation and detection;
- Describe the principles of interactions between electromagnetic fields and biological tissue, and recognize its relevance for safety;
- Summarize MR system architecture and the underlying physics;
- Explain the spectrum of both basic and advanced MRI sequences and image reconstruction approaches;
- Recognize the importance of image quality and artifact mitigation; and
- Describe the models and numerical tools for the description of MR physics including magnetization dynamics, electromagnetic field behavior and image reconstruction.


  MR Yesterday & Today: An Historic Perspective
Chris Boesch
  MR Toolbox
Martin Krssák
  From Spin Gymnastics to MR
Yi Wang
  The Classical Description & System Overview
Daniel Stäb
  Break & Meet the Teachers
  Fields in MR & the Physics of Tissue-Field Interactions
  MR Toolbox
  The Physics of MR Spectroscopy
Uzay Emir
  Lunch & Meet the Teachers
  Spatial Encoding & k-Space
Gigi Galiana
  MRI Sequences
Jakob Assländer
  RF Pulse Design
Karl Landheer
  Break & Meet the Teachers
  Physics of Contrast Mechanisms
Xiaoyuan Chen
  The Physics of Artifacts
Sonia Nielles-Vallespin
  Numerical Simulation of MR physics
Tony Stoecker
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