EFOMP School for Medical Physics Experts (ESMPE)
Prague 2017

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Advanced Clinical Applications - Safety aspects, Quality control

July 6– July 8, 2017

Prague, Czech Republic

The EFOMP in collaboration with the Czech Association of Medical Physicists and the Department of Dosimetry and Application of Ionizing Radiation of Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague would like to invite you to the next ESMPE MRI 2017.

The school will be aimed at advanced tasks connected with Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The school will cover the main physics aspects of the MRI technology and will focus on Safety aspects involved in the use of MRI and Quality controls of MRI equipments. This two and half day event will be accredited by EBAMP (European Board of Accreditation for Medical Physics) and is intended for practicing clinical Medical Physicists who are involved in Magnetic Resonance. As in last year’s school, there will be an optional examination at the end for those seeking a higher level of certification beyond attendance.


Fundamentals of MRI - Fundamentals of MRI: Physics of NMR, MRI hardware, Image formation in MRI.
Clinically used pulse sequences - Standard MRI pulse sequences - Diffusion MRI.
Quantitation Functional MRI and artefacts - Quantitative T1 and T2 mapping - the BOLD effect and fMRI of the brain imaging Artefacts in MRI - sources and mitigation strategies.
- Safety in MRI - Legislation and Regulatory Requirements - MRI Site planning - Safety standards for workers and patients - Incidents in MRI - The role of the MP in MRI safety
- Safety in MRI – Hands on Course - Measures of Magnetic field - Measures of Radiofrequency Shielding - Oxygen concentration and ventilation.
- Quality Controls - Acceptance testing and QC of MRI systems - QA of RF coils - Test objects and filling solutions for QC - QC in fMRI and diffusion imaging

Final exam

The final exam is voluntary. Participants can gain double MPE credits when successfully pass the test. The basic number of CPD credits (for attendance only) is 17.

EFOMP CPD Accreditation

This course will be accredited by EBAMP as a CPD event for Medical Physicists. For participants who will pass the final examination the basic number of credit points will be raised by a factor of 1.5.


Jaroslav Ptacek (organizer) Tereza Hanusova (organizer)
David Lurie (Scientific Chair) Marco Brambilla (EFOMP Secretary General)
Alberto Torresin (Chair of the School) John Damilakis (EFOMP President)


Marcello Alecci Dipartimento di Medicina Clinica, Sanità Pubblica, University of L’Aquila, Italy
Gisela Hagberg Scheffler Group, MPI for Biological Cybernetics and University hospital Tübingen, Germany
David Lurie Bio-Medical Physics, School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Thomas Maris Department of Medical Physics, University Hospital of Iraklion, Greece
Ioannis Seimenis Medical Physics Laboratory, School of Medicine, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
Alberto Torresin Hospital of Niguarda, Department of Medical Physics – Milano, Italy
Michela Tosetti Laboratorio di Fisica Medica e Biotecnologie di Risonanza Magnetica, IRCCS Fondazione Stella Maris, Italy

 Course time table - with abstracts of lectures

Jul 6th Thursday Session Title Description Lecturer

8:00-9:00   registration
9:00-10:00 Fundamentals
of MRI
Physics of NMR Spins, magnetic fields, precession, rotating frame, RF pulses, inversion recovery and spin echo  Alecci
10:00-10:30   coffee break
10:30-11:30   Image formation in MRI Gradients, frequency encoding, selective excitation,
phase encoding, gradient echo, k-space
11:30-12:30   MRI hardware Magnets, gradient coils, RF coils including surface coils and array coils Alecci
12:30-14:00   lunch time
14:00-15:00 Clinically
used pulse
Standard MRI pulse
Overview of pulse sequences used in clinical MRI, including fast spin-echo, echo-planar, parallel imaging


 Image quality Diffusion MRI Diffusion MRI, MR tractography and potential applications in neurosurgical planning. Hagberg
16:00-16:30   coffee break
16:30-17:15 Quantitation
Quantitative T1 and T2 mapping Model observers Tosetti
17:15-18:00 Functional MRI
Functional MRI The BOLD effect and fMRI of the brain Hagberg
18:00-18:30 MRI Artefacts MRI Artefacts Artefacts in MRI - sources and mitigation strategies
20:00 - 23:00   Social dinner - participants + lecturers

Jul 7th Friday Session Title

8:00-9:00 Safety in MRI Legislation and Regulatory
Overview of Legislation and Regulatory Requirements for MRI in Europe Lurie
9:00-10:00   MRI Site planning Installation and Room design for MRI scanners Maris
10:00-10:30   coffee break
10:30-11:30   Safety standards for workers Exposure to static and variable magnetic fields Seimenis
11:30 - 12:30   Safety standards for patients Active and passive implanted medical devices; How to use
technical data sheets for implanted medical devices; exposure to RF fields


  lunch time
  Safety in MRI Hands on Course Measures of Magnetic field Measures of Static Magnetic field inside and outside the Examination room; Instrumentation and techniques. Seimenis
14:00-16:00   Measures of Radiofrequency Shielding How to check the RF shielding: instrumentation and
    Oxygen concentration and ventilation evaluation Normal and emergency ventilation; Oxygen Monitor
and helium safety procedures
16:00-16:30   coffee break
16:30-17:30 Safety in MRI Incidents in MRI Incident analysis in MRI, How to prevent incidents Lurie
17:30-18:30   The role of the MP in
MRI safety
MR Safety Working Group - document on Safety Responsibilities Torresin
Jun 8th Saturday  Session Title Description Lecturer

8:00-9:00 Quality Controls
Hands on Course
Acceptance testing and
QC of MRI systems
testing; : purpose, types,
examples, Protocols
9:00-10:00   QA of RF coils Quality controls of
Radiofrequency coils
10:00-10:30   Test objects and filling
solutions for QC
Phantoms available, filling
10:30-11:00   coffee break
11:00-12:00   QC in fMRI and
diffusion imaging

Quality controls in advanced
applications: fMRI and
diffusion imaging
 12:30-14:00   Final examination
Optional examination

Further information


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Registration fee*  
2 main meals, 5 coffee breaks included, 1 social dinner

300 EUR
350 EUR (from 02.06.2017)

Reduced registration fee
- subsidized by EFOMP

- first-come, first-served policy
- deadline for application (30.05.2017)

150 EUR - for the first 10 attendees (max. 2 from one country) coming from the following EFOMP NMO countries: Albania, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Ukraine
Maximum number of participants 40
Duration 6 Jul 2017 - 8 Jul 2017
Study load 17 hours of lectures and demonstrations
CAMP bank account

IBAN: CZ2520100000002000805932
Account Name: Česká společnost fyziků v medicíně, z.s.
Bank address:   
Fio banka, a.s.
                         V Celnici 10
                         117 21 Prague 1
                         Czech Republic

Please, provide us with the variable symbol recieved after registration. You can state it in a „payment purpose“ comment.
Invoice needed? Please, inform us at summer2017@csfm.cz (with business name, adress details, etc.).


Faculty of Nuclear Sciences and Physical Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, Trojanova 13, 120 00 Praha 2, CZECH REPUBLIC
GPS coordinates: 50°04'27.7"N 14°25'00.6"E (birds perspective view)

Accommodation Individual
Registration Electronic registration via www.csfm.cz/Summer2017.html
Registration period
2 Feb 2017 – 30 Jun 2017

*payment must be done in 14 days following the pre-registration, otherwise pre-registration will be cancelled and neither free place nor subsidized or ordinary fee can be granted for repeated registration

For all practical information, including accommodation and public transport in Prague, please contact Czech part of organizing committee: summer2017@csfm.cz.

Electronic registration and e-mail address will be functional from 06 Feb 2017.

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