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

Weekend Educational Session
MRI Systems Engineering

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MRI Systems Engineering
Weekend Course

ORGANIZERS: Greig Scott, Ileana Hancu

Saturday, 11 May 2019
  08:00 - 17:00

Skill Level: Basic to Intermediate

Session Number: WE-02AB

This one-day educational course is targeted at scientists and clinicians interested in understanding the engineering of magnetic resonance systems on a subsystems level. 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 site preparation and installation of new MR systems will also be discussed. In addition, attendees will be taught about the key elements of MR safety as it relates to peripheral nerve stimulation (low frequency electromagnetic field interactions with the body) as well as energy deposition in the body from high frequency electromagnetic field interactions. The compatibility of medical devices and implants with an MRI scanner will be discussed. 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.

Target Audience
Scientists 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.

Educational Objectives
As a result of attending this course, participants should be able to:
- Discuss the basic subsystems hardware components of an MRI scanner, including how they interact and function;
- Describe issues related to installing a new MR scanner, including space, venting, power, and cooling considerations;
- Recognize practical limitations in the design and construction 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 electromagnetic fields (both low frequency gradient switching and high frequency RF) with the human body; and
- Explain the RF electronic subsystems that interface with RF coils, including interactions between separate transmit and receive coils.


  MR Systems Overview
Seung Kyun Lee
  Magnets: Design, Manufacturing, Installation, Present & Future Technology
Johannes Van Oort
  Shimming: Superconducting & Passive Shims; Higher-Order Shims, Shim Arrays & Dynamic Shimming
Robin de Graaf
  Break & Meet the Teachers
  Gradient Coil Design Considerations, Manufacturing & Limitations
  Eddy Current Measurement & Compensation
Christoph Barmet
  Peripheral Nerve Stimulation
Rebecca Feldman
  Lunch & Meet the Teachers
  MRI Transmitter Amplifier Systems
Michael Twieg
  MR Receive Chain
  RF Field Simulations & Safety Aspects
Simone Winkler
  Break & Meet the Teachers
  MR Linac: Implementations & Challenges
Johan Overweg
  MR-PET: System Design Considerations
Floris Jansen
  MR Guided Focused Ultrasound: Systems & Clinical Applications
William Grissom
  Adjournment & Meet the Teachers
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