The field of parallel MRI has evolved rapidly over the past decade, with methodological and technological developments feeding new applications across a broad spectrum of clinical and research areas. This workshop will review developments to date and examine current promising directions and continuing unsolved problems in parallel MRI. It is the aim of the workshop to bring clinicians and basic scientists together for purposes of education and scientific exchange. In addition to lectures outlining the fundamentals of parallel imaging, invited presentations will address topics such as highly parallel MRI, high field parallel MRI, and parallel transmission techniques. Analogies with other imaging modalities and inverse problems will be explored, as will emerging applications of and vendor perspectives on parallel MRI. The meeting will include focused discussions of outstanding issues such as measurement and reporting of signal-to-noise ratio for parallel reception, or challenges needing to be addressed for practical parallel transmission. These discussions are intended to culminate in concrete consensus recommendations for dissemination and possible publication. We will also set aside time at the end of the meeting to catalogue key unsolved problems and unmet needs in parallel imaging, both as a resource for new entrants into our field and as a means of fostering innovative solutions.


This workshop is designed for clinicians, basic scientists, and MRI Technologists who are new to the field of parallel MRI as well as established investigators in parallel MRI. There will be a strong physics and engineering focus, but we will also be highlighting various applications, including neuroimaging, and the workshop is designed to begin with basic principles and proceed to leading-edge developments, so as to engage anyone with an interest in the field. Students are encouraged to participate.


Upon completing this workshop, participants should be able to:
  Describe the basic operation of and recent developments in parallel reception techniques;
  Describe the basic operation of and recent developments in parallel transmission techniques;
  Identify current and emerging applications of parallel reception and transmission;
  Explain the current limits of performance of parallel MRI techniques; and
  Identify important future developments which might allow these limits to be exceeded.


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.

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