ISMRM Workshop Series • 17-20 August 2017

ISMRM Workshop on Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Cardiac Function
NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City, NY, USA


The Workshop on Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Cardiac Function will cover the latest advances in the development and application of MRI in the evaluation of cardiac function. The assessment of cardiac function is an important part of clinical cardiac care, but conventional methods to assess cardiac function have many limitations. While MRI has become generally accepted as the “gold standard” method for assessment of global function, there exists substantial potential for it to provide much more detailed and quantitative information on cardiac function. This workshop will focus on both basic and applied aspects of the assessment of cardiac function with MRI.

The emphasis will be on the pathophysiologic and clinical aspects of cardiac function and its assessment with MRI, as well as on the technical methods underlying the imaging and quantitative analysis of cardiac function with MRI. Another major goal is to facilitate communication between practitioners interested in both the technical and clinical sides of MRI.

This workshop will provide educational overview presentations as well as in-depth discussions on specific aspects of the state of the field by invited experts (including junior scientists). It will provide a venue for research presentations by the attendees, and there will also be panel discussions on important issues that will need to be addressed as the field progresses. Abstracts will be presented as either brief oral proffered papers or as posters.

Topics of interest include: image acquisition and reconstruction methods for cardiac motion; motion correction; image analysis methods, including segmentation and intramural motion; validation and standardization of methods; machine learning approaches to motion analysis and characterization; visualization of motion and motion analysis results; multimodality registration of motion with other imaging data; preclinical applications, including imaging of animal models; normal and pathologic motion atlases; and clinical applications to effects of disease on cardiac function, including pediatric and adult patients.

Target Audience

The workshop is designed for both scientists and clinicians, as well as engineers and physicians interested in using MRI in cardiac research; clinicians involved with management of heart disease, including cardiologists, radiologists, surgeons, and MRI technologists; and industrial scientists involved with imaging systems, image analysis software, and pharmaceuticals.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the basic physiologic and pathologic aspects of cardiac function;
  • Compare different imaging and analysis approaches used to assess cardiac function with MRI;
  • List current challenges for the use of MRI in cardiac function assessment;
  • Analyze several newly emerging methods for acquiring and analyzing MR images of cardiac function and their potential applications in both preclinical research and clinical care; and
  • Discuss the challenges of establishing these emerging methods and applications in the clinic.


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