School of MRI > Courses 2018 > Advanced Cardiac MR Imaging
Advanced Cardiac MR Imaging

September 13-15, 2018

Course organiser:
Jens Bremerich

Local organiser:
Luigi Natale, Rome/IT

Course Venue:
Policlinico Agostino Gemelli
Largo Agostino Gemelli, 8
00168 Roma

J. Bremerich, P. Buser, M. Carlsson, M. Gutberlet, M. Hrabak-Paar, A. Jacquier, N. Kawel-Böhm, L. Natale, A. Redheuil, F. Santini


Course duration:
Thursday morning – Saturday noon

The aim of this course:
MRI has evolved to a valid and robust clinical tool in everyday practice. The unique feature of tissue characterisation by
means of T1-/T2-/T2*-/ECV-mapping together with cardiac morphology, function and flow with excellent spatial, temporal
and contrast resolution explain its outstanding role in imaging cardiac disease. Multiple sequence options require stringent
tayloring of imaging protocols and knowledge of both, pathology and modality. Beginners and advanced course participants learn basic principles of cardiac MR and discuss dedicated protocols based on real cases. Clinical topics provide deep insight into congenital, valvular, ischemic, inflammatory, and pericardial disease as well as storage disorders, masses and cardiomyopathy. Participants discuss these disorders with respect to relevant clinical questions. Strengths and limitations of MR and CT are highlighted. The focus of this course is MR, but CT and its role for coronary imaging and cardiovascular risk assessment are also addressed.

Participation requirements:
Physicians who have a good knowledge in MR techniques and
a minimum of 6 months experience in applied Cardiac MRI.

Learning Objectives

Tissue characterisation, Fibrosis, Amyloidosis
  • T1-/T2-/T2*-/ECV-mapping, Late Gadolinium Enhancement
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Amyloidosis
  • Hemosiderosis, Thalassemia
  • Myocarditis

Heart Failure

  • Definition
  • Pathophysiology
  • Clinical presentation
  • Treatment options

Protocols Step-by-Step: Safety, Set-up for Stress
  • Set-up for stress test
  • Safety considerations
  • Dedicated protocols
  • Cooperation Radiology/Cardiology/Physics

Basic Principles of Cardiac MRI
  • Spin-echo, Gradient-echo
  • Triggering, gating
  • Resolution of time, space, contrast
  • Coronaries
  • Contrast modulation by preparation pulses

Cardiac CT
  • Basic principles
  • Coronaries
  • Calcium Score
  • Valves
  • Postprocessing

Congenital Heart Disease
  • Segmental analysis
  • Grown up congenital heart disease
  • MR or CT
  • Regurgitation, Insufficiency

Valvular Heart Disease
  • Regurgitation
  • Insufficiency
  • Flow

  • Pathophysiology
  • ARVC
  • Dilated cardiomyopathy and Non compaction
  • Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Ischemic Heart Disease: Infarct, Viability, Perfusion, Stress

  • Function
  • Perfusion
  • Infarct, Viability, Late enhancement

Cardiac Masses, Pericardial Disease
  • Systematic approach
  • Benign and malignant tumours, metastasis, thrombus
  • Acute vs. chronic pericarditis

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