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SMRT Educational Seminars
Techniques in Cardiac MR Imaging
Volume 13, Number 2
The SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 13, Number 2), has been approved for 3.5 Category A Continuing Educational credits.

Read the SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 13, Number 2), "Techniques in Cardiac MR Imaging" and complete the quiz and official Answer Form at the back of the article. To receive credit the quiz must be completed with a score of 75% or better. Completion of all questions with a passing score will earn a total of 3.5 category A Continuing Education credits.
SMRT members should send the completed Answer Form to the SMRT Education Department for scoring. The certificate will state the CE reference number and awarded CE credits. Members receiving a score less than 75% will be notified and given the option of taking the quiz an additional two times. Members should retain their CE Certificate for their Continuing Education registry requirements.
Educational Objectives
MRI in Nonischemic Acquired Heart Disease
  • Review the assessment of morphology, function, blood flow and velocity, and myocardial viability and fibrosis using cardiovascular MR techniques;
  • Describe the acquisition of MR data to obtain accurate assessment of ventricular function;
  • Discuss MR techniques to acquire images of myocardial diseases including hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, restrictive cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, and myocarditis;
  • Review MR scan parameters to optimally image pericardial diseases including effusion and constrictive pericarditis;
  • Describe techniques to obtain MR images of cardiac masses, valvular heart disease and pulmonary arterial hypertension; and
  • Show examples of MR images of congenital and acquired cardiac disease.
Phase-Sensitive Inversion Recovery for Detecting Myocardial Infarction Using Gadolinium-Delayed Hyperenhancement
  • Discuss the design and use of the phase-sensitive inversion recovery MR imaging sequence and its value compared to current cardiac imaging methods;
  • Describe MR scan parameters used in phase-sensitive inversion recovery to image myocardial infarction and the value of this sequence over others;
  • Review the effect that the administration of gadolinium has on MR image contrast in this phase-sensitive inversion recovery sequence;
  • Compare differences between magnitude and phasesensitive techniques and their affects upon the resultant signal-to-noise ratio and show image examples; and
  • Discuss the combination methods to reconstruct images utilizing both phased-array and phase-sensitive MR imaging techniques.
Multicontrast Late Gadolinium Enhancement Imaging Enables Viability and Wall Motion Assessment in a Single Acquisition with Reduced Scan Times
  • Review the value of quantitative assessment of cardiac function and left ventricular mass in MR imaging;
  • Discuss the MR imaging sequences and scan parameters currently in use to assess viability and left ventricular function;
  • Describe the MR imaging protocol and specific scan parameters used in this study;
  • Show MR image examples of different temporal phases acquired and resultant contrast between tissues; and
  • Review the effects of late gadolinium enhancement, its value in demonstrating viability and wall motion assessment, and show image examples.