Last updated Thursday, 31 July 2008

Joseph C. McGowan, Ph.D., Organizer
 

Overview

This course will be an augmentation of the highly popular program which has been offered at the ISMRM Annual Meeting for several years. It will be a basic but comprehensive review of magnetic resonance imaging physics and techniques. The course will cover the basic principles of MR physics, signal encoding, pulse sequence timing diagrams, hardware, spin-echo and gradient-echo imaging, and a variety of techniques including diffusion, vascular, and cardiac MR imaging.

This course is primarily designed for the clinician who will benefit from an understanding of the "how's and why's" of MR imaging. The presentations will be non-mathematical and will be suitable for clinicians and physicists new to the field. 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

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
define and describe the fundamental principles of MR imaging, including the definition of spin magnetization, the Larmor relationship, relaxation phenomena, and the process of using the spin magnetization to produce an image;
explain imaging pulse sequences based upon spin and gradient echoes, including fast spin echo and echo planar techniques;
design MR imaging protocols for diagnostic applications considering image contrast, spatial resolution, acquisition time, signal-to-noise ratio, and artifacts; and
describe the principles and capabilities of various advanced MR techniques including, diffusion, vascular and cardiac MRI.

Audience Description

This course is primarily designed for the clinician who will benefit from an understanding of the "how's and why's" of MR imaging. The presentations will be non-mathematical and will be suitable for clinicians and physicists new to the field. 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.
 


The International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.