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CMR Northwestern


CMR Northwestern

The Department of Radiology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and Northwestern Memorial Hospital are pleased to announce a new magnetic resonance training curriculum for physicians and technologists.

For details, please go to: CMR Northwestern

CMR Northwestern is intended for physicians and technologists who currently have a basic proficiency in MR and/or knowledge of Cardiac MR, who wish to leverage the capabilities of their MR systems. A prerequisite for the course is knowledge of basic MR physics. It is optimal if both physician and technologist attend the course together, however, this is not mandatory.

Program Description

The program incorporates didactic instruction with practical, hands-on scanning both in a simulation environment and at the scanner console. Cardiovascular imaging basics will be presented, including CMR imaging physics and protocols. Clinical applications will be emphasized through lectures reviewing cardiovascular pathology. Thirty mentored clinical cases will be presented. Participants will spend time at the imaging console with volunteers at 1.5T and 3.0T cardiovascular magnets. In addition, participants will study structural and functional cardiac MR evaluations utilizing current MR case specific applications, exploring cardiac morphology and function.

Program Objectives

  • Review the indications of, contraindications to, and potential side effects of CMR.
  • Demonstrate practical knowledge in technical aspects of the CMR examination.
  • Describe the basic principles of MR angiography and their application.
  • Recognize and minimize important image artifacts.
  • Apply image post-processing techniques.
  • Correlate CMR with other imaging modalities (echocardiography, nuclear cardiology, CCT, and interventional angiography) as well as with medical history, physical examination, laboratory, and hemodynamic data.
  • Recognize cardiac and vascular pathology (ischemia, infarction, valve disease, infiltrative disorders, congenital anomalies) on an MRI examination.


The Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of  24.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.