Understanding MR Physics & Safety
MRI is an invaluable and highly utilized diagnostic modality in modern medicine. Improving diagnostic accuracy in MRI interpretation requires selecting the appropriate MR pulse sequences and optimally adjusting the MR imaging parameters for each MRI scan, which in turn requires a solid knowledge of basic and intermediate MR physics principles.
Yet, the majority of practicing radiologists and MR technologists have deficiencies in such knowledge, either having never fully acquired it, or having forgotten much of it years after their training. All radiologists and MR technologists would benefit from this course by improving their understanding of MR physical principles, and thereby improving their skills in the selection of appropriate pulse sequences and adjustment of imaging parameters.
There is also a critical need for education on the topic of MR safety. The number of patients with implanted medical devices, and the types and variety of such devices, are staggering, and growing every year. The responsibility falls on MR technologists and radiologists to make daily decisions about whether to approve or reject a patient with a particular implanted device, as well as how to perform scans on such patients.
About The Meeting
MRI physics has a reputation for being difficult to learn. However, that need not be the case. This course will present the material in a manner that is easy to understand and digest, in a non-intimidating atmosphere. The talks will proceed in a step-by-step, unhurried pace. Technical jargon will be reduced, and there will be very little math. Illustrations and analogies will be judiciously used.
Each lecture will be limited to 30 minutes or less, with frequent breaks between lectures.
A practical and comprehensive approach is necessary when encountering MR safety issues. This course aims to provide just that.
Upon completion of this learning activity participants will be able to:
Choose from among the myriad MRI pulse sequences available, so that the appropriate ones can be selected for a particular patient.
Adjust the various MR imaging parameters.
Develop a systematic approach to addressing MRI safety issues.
Avoid patient injuries, including thermal (burns) and mechanical (hemorrhage and organ injury).
Avoid inappropriately denying an MRI scan with a patient who stands to benefit from that scan.
Identify different types of MRI artifacts and correct for them by adjusting the imaging parameters and/or selecting alternative pulse sequences.
Frank Shellock, PhD, FACR, FACC, FISMRM
Adjunct Clinical Professor of Radiology and Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California; Director for MRI Studies of Biomimetic Micro-Electronic Systems, National Science Foundation, Engineering Research Center, University of Southern California
Lawrence Tanenbaum, MD, FACR
Vice President, Medical Director of East Region; Director of CT, MR & Advanced Imaging, RadNet
William Faulkner, BS, RT (R)(MR)(CT), FSMRT
Owner, CEO William Faulkner & Associates, LLC; Founding Board Member American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety (ABMRS)
Andreea Dohatcu, PhD, DABR(D), MRSC(MRSO), CMQ
Clinical Assistant Professor; Clinical Diagnostic Imaging Physicist; Department of Radiology-University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Verghese George, MD, MRCOG, FRCR
Division Chief, Adult Radiology, Texas Children’s Hospital and Pavilion for Women; Associate Professor, Baylor College of Medicine
Mary P. McDougall, PhD
Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Programs, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Texas A&M University
Ulrich A. Rassner, MD
Medical Director, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Computed Tomography, University of Utah