NASCI Curriculum


A.  CT physics
1. MDCT artifacts relevant to cardiac and vascular imaging.
  2. Understanding trade offs between noise, dose and image quality.
  • Optimizing radiation dose and image quality (Abstract)
    Carlo Catalano, Marco Francone, Adriano Ascarelli, Matteo Mangia, Ilaria Iacucci and Roberto Passariello
    European Radiology Supplements Volume 17, Supplement 6, 26-32, DOI: 10.1007/s10406-007-0225-6 
  3.  Spatial resolution, contrast resolution and imaging reconstruction algorithms
  4.  Temporal resolution, half scan and multi-segment reconstruction. 
  5.  Different CT technologies (MDCT, EBCT, dual source) Concept of pitch.
  6.  ECG editing - when, what, how and why?
  7.  Contrast injection - principles, protocols, bolus geometry, iodine flux
 B. MRI Physics
1. MRI artifacts relevant to cardiac and vascular imaging. Trade off between spatial resolution, temporal resolution, contrast resolution and acquisition time
  2. Principles of black blood, edema and scar imaging
  3. Segmented K space cine imaging
  4. Phase velocity imaging - principles, applications and limitations
  5. Imaging faster
  • Parallel MR Imaging: A User’s Guide
    James F. Glockner, Houchun H. Hu, David W. Stanley, Lisa Angelos, and Kevin King

    Radiographics September-October 2005 25:1279-1297; doi:10.1148/rg.255045202 
  6. Contrast enhanced 3-D MRA - advantages and limitations
  • Technical Principles of MR Angiography Methods (Abstract)
    Marko K. Ivancevic, Liesbeth Geerts, William J. Weadock, Thomas L. Chenevert
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America - February 2009 (Vol. 17, Issue 1, Pages 1-11, DOI: 10.1016/j.mric.2009.01.012) 
  • MR Imaging of the Thoracic Aorta
    Derek G. Lohan, Mayil Krishnam, Roya Saleh, Anderanik Tomasian, J. Paul Finn
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinics of North America - May 2008 (Vol. 16, Issue 2, Pages 213-234, DOI: 10.1016/j.mric.2008.02.016)
  7. Non-gadolinium MRA - principles, options and limitations