Welcome

This 4th Khon Kaen MRI School on the Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy is based on the “Physical Basis of MRI Summer School” held annually by the Aberdeen NMR specialists in the UK for over fifteen years.

The course consists of lectures, practical demonstrations and tutorials. The material covers all aspects of MRI imager use, underlying physics, background biophysics, clinical applications and more advanced techniques of MRI with practical demonstrations on a pulsed NMR spectrometer and a close look at various components of a clinical MRI system.

The course lasts four days from Tuesday 13th to Friday 16th August, 2013, and will be held at the Faculty of Science and a study visit to the MRI unit at Srinagarind Hospital which has 1.5T and 3.0T MRI systems at the Department of Radiology, Faculty of Medicine of Khon Kaen University, Thailand.

Participants
This course is intended for all those involved with or interested in MRI and may include, but not be restricted to the following: physicists, medical physicists, engineers, technicians, food technologists, employees of Health Boards and Authorities, health personnel from Thailand and overseas. Students are very welcome.

All participants must have some knowledge of physics and should also be proficient in English.

Introduction
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is now an established diagnostic modality throughout the world and is being used in food and cosmetics industries. The technique exploits the magnetic property of particularly hydrogen nuclei in a controlled magnetic field and their response to suitable radio frequency waves to create an image of a section through the object containing the nuclei.

The physical principle behind the MRI technique is different from other imaging techniques, and is complex in both instrumentation and application. To get optimum results from the MRI techniques, the users should understand how to vary a number of physical parameters as well as how the instrumentation works in order to protect the patient and the equipment itself.

The 1st, 2nd and 3rd Khon Kaen MRI Schools were held in 1996, 2003 and 2006 as aresult of the collaboration of Department of Physics and Department of Radiology of Khon Kaen University, and the MRI research specialists from the Bio-Medical Physics at University of Aberdeen, UK. Joining the Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration of the foundation of Khon Kaen University on the 25th January 2014 we feel that it is a good time to hold the 4th Khon Kaen MRI School this year. The purpose of the School is to provide knowledge of MRI and to stimulate more research in this area. Advanced applications of MRI in abdominal, neurological and cardiac imaging will be addressed including T2* measurements for Thalassemia patients, non-medical MR applications and a new MRI technique under research, “Field-cycling MRI”.

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