INSTITUTE of MEDICAL IMAGING TECHNOLOGY

MRI  .  CT .  PET .  NUCLEAR MEDICINE  .  MOLECULAR IMAGING  .   in vivo QUANTUM BIOLOGY

Contents Customized to fit client's Background, Knowledge & Experience

©  Professional MRI Training: Time Line for Magnetic Resonance Imaging

8:30 AM  Introduction and Welcome by Hosting Institution's CEO

8:45 AM  Review of Basic MRI Physics

·         Basic concepts

·         Nuclear magnetism

·         Resonance

·         Induction and Faraday's Law

·         Laboratory Demonstrations

9:15 AM Principles of MR Imaging

·         What is an image?

·         Longitudinal and transverse magnetization

·         Tissue characteristics

·          Laboratory Demonstrations

9:45 AM Components of an MRI System

·         Bo field, Types of Magnets; Gradient fields

·         Radio frequency: transmit and receive

·         Coils in MRI, Shim coils, Cryogen

·         Laboratory Demonstrations

10:30 AM Informal Discussion and Break (Refreshments Provided)

10:40 AM Data Acquisition

·         Free Induction Decay

·         Frequency Encoding and Phase Encoding

·         Types of Receiver Coils

·         Laboratory Demonstrations

11:45AM MRI Pulse Sequences

·         Inversion recovery, Spin echo

·         Partial saturation, Fast spin echo

·         Gradient echo, Echo planar imaging



Feynman was fond of saying, if you haven't built it, you haven't understood it! Touch'n feel demonstrations are a big hit even among senior radiologists and staff who find the proton model and Faraday's law irresistible! Some broke down in tears, some erupted in giggles, some stunned in silence; said they finally got it; weren't faking it any more! Free at last!

Dr. Padikal at Boston area hospitals

12:30 PM Lunch (provided) with Group Discussions among trainees


1:30 PM Image Formation

·         T1, T2, dephasing and contrast of biological tissues

·         Weighting of MR Images

·         Laboratory Demonstrations

2:00 PM Image Processing

2:30 PM Attributes of MR Images

·         What are you looking at! Signal-to-noise and Contrast resolution

·         fMRI, Tensor Imaging, Spatial resolution and MTF


3:30 PM Informal Discussion and Break (Refreshments provided)

3:35 PM Artifacts and Quality Control

·         Types of artifacts

·         ACR accreditation

·         Elements of Accreditation

4:00 PM MRI Safety

·         Time-varying fields

·         Stationary fields

4:15 PM Frontiers in MR Imaging

4:30 PM Adjourn

©  Professional CT Training: Time Line for Computed Tomography

IMIT faculty is known for their devotion and undivided attention to every trainee. Joy of a new technologist is visible.

3Tesla Superconducting GE MRI system

Dr. Padikal at a hospital near the White House


8:30AM Introduction and Welcome by CEO of Hosting Institution

8:45AM Radiography review and relationship to CT

  • Historical perspective
  • Interaction of radiation with matter
  • Attenuation coefficient

9:45AM CT system configuration and operation

  • X-ray tube and generator
  • Beam filters
  • Collimation
  • Detector systems — single and multi-detector arrays
  • Computers and Processors

10:30AM Data acquisition — let me count the ways

  • Scout or preview scan and graphical prescription
  • Axial scanning — step and shoot
  • cone beam problem with MDCT systems
  • Helical scanning
  • detector and collimator pitch
  • Dynamic scanning
  • bolus timing and perfusion imaging
11:30AM Image Reconstruction
  • Projection data
  • Filtered back-projection reconstruction
  • Reconstruction filters—filter to taste
  • Raw data versus image data
  • Prospective versus retrospective reconstructions
  • Effective slice thickness and slice spacing

12:00AM Lunch (provided) and Discussion among trainees

1:00PM    Image Display

  • Pixels, voxels, and matrices
  • Field-of-View (FOV): scan, reconstruction, and display
  • Targeted reconstruction vs. display magnification
  • CT numbers
  • Image display and windowing
  • Image analysis—ROIs and image measurements
  • Volume display tools
  • MPR, MIPS, and 3D surface
  • Data Transmission and Management

2:00PM Image Quality

  • Spatial resolution factors and measures
  • Low contrast detectability
  • Factors affecting noise

3:00PM Quality Assurance Procedures

  • Monitoring system performance
  • Monitoring laser/film system
  • Image Artifacts--causes and appearance

4:00PM Radiation Dose

  • Factors affecting patient dose
  • Use of radiation shield on the patient
  • Radiation protection of personnel

4:15PM Reimbursement: ACR accreditation of CT facilities

4:30PM Adjourn

©  Professional X-ray Training: Time Line for Modern Radiography

8:30 AM  Introduction and Welcome

8:45 AM  Review of Radiography

  • Basic concepts
  • Types of Radiation
  • Basic Principles of Radiation Safety
  • Responsible Imaging: Risk vs. benefit

9:15 AM Principles of Radiographic Imaging

  • What is an image?
  • Interaction of radiation with matter
  • Tissue characteristics

9:45 AM Components of a Radiographic System

  • Source of X-rays
  • Image Receptors
  • Patient positioning

10:40 AM What happens inside the patient?

  • Photo-electric Effect
  • Compton Effect
  • Effect of Photon Energy

11:45  Image Formation

  • Principles of Transmission Imaging
  • Reducing or eliminating scatter
  • Digital Imaging Principles
 

1:30 PM Parameters that affect Image Quality

  • Signal-to-noise and Contrast resolution
  • Spatial resolution and MTF
  • Laboratory Demonstrations

2:00 PM Image Processing

2:30 PM Attributes of Digital Images

  • Pixels, Voxels, FOV, Matrix
  • PACS and QC
  • ACR Accreditation
The hands-on training is effective. The mannerisms of Doctor Padikal have affected the medical imaging community in a big way. Some have estimated that his trainees have taken several billion images! That IS a big impact!

3:35 PM Biological Aspects of Radiation

  • Radio-sensitivity, RBE, LET, LD50
  • Effects of Radiation
  • Principles of Radiation Protection

4:00 PM Radiation Safety

  • Time-Distance-Shielding
  • Practicing good radiation hygiene

4:15 PM Review of Imaging Procedures

4:30 PM Adjourn

International Students take note: IMIT online trainings require no visas, no travel, no waiting and easy sign-up!

The live webinars are delivered in four separate modules, each two hours long, for a total of eight hours. The topics covered and the length of each topic is similar to the live training. Each module of the webinar provides 2 hours of Category A continuing education credit for radiologic technologists recognized by the ARRT. We recommend attendance at all sessions for a complete review of the topic. The webinar is completed in four Wednesdays, for a total of eight credits. Upon registration, participant will be given instructions to enter the webinar.  You'll need an internet enabled computer in an environment where you can stay focussed for two hours. Come prepared with notebook and pen. It pays to sign in five minutes early. Questions can be submitted on line.
Sessions begin promptly at 6:30PM Eastern Standard Time (New York).
In English. Available globally.


Webinar Times (Four Consecutive Wednesdays):
    6:30PM - 8:30PM Eastern Standard Time (New York)
                 Or 5:30PM - 7:30PM Central 
                 Or 4:30PM - 6:30PM Mountain
                 Or 3:30PM - 5:30PM Pacific
                 Or 2:30PM - 4:30PM Alaska
                 Or 1:30PM - 3:30PM Hawaii
                 Or 7:30PM - 9:30PM Argentina & Brazil
                 Or 11:30PM-1:30AM London & GMT
                 Or 4:00AM - 6:00AM Mumbai & New Delhi
                 Or 6:30AM - 8:30AM Beijing & Hong Kong
                 Or 7:30AM - 9:30AM Tokyo

Enormous personal attention is a hallmark of IMIT training. When a 6 foot 5 inch giant of a physicist hovers over you lovingly, the transference is palpable.  The patients we serve are the mothers, grandpas, babies and dads in our community.  At IMIT we call i high tech, high touch  Doctor Dennis - used to play basketball at Xavier - listening in rapt attention to a trainee's inquiry.
 
MRI Module 1:  Principles of MR Imaging
       Review of Basic MRI Physics
       Components of an MRI System
MRI Module 2:  MR Signal Generation
       Free Induction Decay & Data Acquisition
       MRI Pulse Sequences
MRI Module 3:  Image Formation
       Frequency & Phase Encoding, Image Processing
       Attributes of MR Images
MRI Module 4:  Image Quality, Artifacts, QC
       Accreditation: ACR, other
       MRI Safety, MRI Registry Review

Overseas Trainees need no visas, no travel & no US government permits. We've even made it easy for you to sign-up!

The live webinars are delivered in four separate modules, each two hours long, for a total of eight hours. Each module of the webinar provides 2 hours of Category A continuing education credit for radiologic technologists recognized by the ARRT. We recommend attendance at all sessions for a complete review of the topic. The webinar is completed in four Wednesdays, for a total of eight credits. Upon registration, participant will be given instructions to enter the webinar.  You'll need an internet enabled computer in an environment where you can stay focused for two hours. Come prepared with notebook and pen. It pays to sign in five minutes early. Questions can be submitted on line. Sessions begin promptly at 6:30PM Eastern Standard Time (New York). In English. Available globally.

Doctor Padikal with an MRI trainee in Long Island. Paul Lauterber took his Nobel Prize winning 2x2 pixel image near here. Julie takes tons of 1024x512 image; no sweat!
 Webinar Time (Four Consecutive Wednesdays):
    6:30PM - 8:30PM Eastern Standard Time (New York)
                 Or 5:30PM - 7:30PM Central 
                 Or 4:30PM - 6:30PM Mountain
                 Or 3:30PM - 5:30PM Pacific
                 Or 2:30PM - 4:30PM Alaska
                 Or 1:30PM - 3:30PM Hawaii
                 Or 7:30PM - 9:30PM Argentina & Brazil
                 Or 11:30PM-1:30AM London & GMT
                 Or 4:00AM - 6:00AM Mumbai & New Delhi
                 Or 6:30AM - 8:30AM Beijing & HongKong
                 Or 7:30AM - 9:30AM Tokyo

Rad Safty Module 1:  Principles of Radiation Safety
       Review of Basic Radiation Physics
       Review of Basic Radiation Biology
Rad Safty Module 2:  Interaction of Radiation with matter
       Compton effect, Photo-electric effect
       Primary and Scatter radiation
Rad Safty Module 3:  Radiation Dosimetry
       Factors affecting radiation dose
       ALARA, Federal and state regulations
Rad Safty Module 4:  Radiation Hygiene
       Protecting the patients and workers/ Risk vs. Benefit
       A model state-of-the-art Radiation Safety Program