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Release Date
April 2013

Review Date
June 2018

Expiration Date
May 1, 2022

Thomas Schrack, BS, ARMRIT
Manager, MR Education and Technical Development
Fairfax Radiological Consultants
Fairfax, VA

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4712-301T MRI for Technologists:
Cardiac MRI

Format: Online Course
Credit: 2.0 ARRT Category A
Tuition: $20 Special Sale: $10
Certificates of Credit accepted by ARMRIT

MRI for Technologists is a training program designed to meet the needs of radiologic technologists entering or working in the MRI field. These units are designed to augment classroom instruction and on-site training for radiologic technology students and professionals planning to take the review board examinations, as well as to provide a review for those looking to refresh their knowledge base in MR imaging.

The skill of the technologist is the single most important factor in obtaining good quality diagnostic images. A successful MRI examination is the culmination of many factors under the direct control of the technologist.

MRI for Technologists: Cardiac MRI introduces the learner to the anatomy and function of the heart and the mechanism by which blood is circulated through the heart. This unit will discuss timing methods that allow images to be acquired with the patient’s cardiac rhythm. Primary pulse sequences and planes of acquisition are reviewed.Common acquisition protocols are provided at the end of the material.

After completing this educational activity, the reader should be able to:

  • Explain the unique challenges of imaging the heart
  • Identify the basic anatomy of the heart and great vessels
  • Explain cardiac gating principles and patient safety and setup
  • Discuss the principles of the primary pulse sequences and image contrast
  • Describe the principles of bright-blood and black-blood pulse sequences
  • Demonstrate proper planes of acquisition for obtaining standard cardiac views
  • Explain common applications of cardiac MR imaging
  • Apply common acquisition protocols

This program has been approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 2.0 hours of ARRT Category A continuing education credit.

Tuition for this course includes:

  • Downloadable course content
  • Unlimited access to the course
  • Certificate of Credit

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Please note: tuition payments are non-refundable.

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Thomas Schrack, BS, ARMRIT
Manager, MR Education and Technical Development
Fairfax Radiological Consultants
Fairfax, VA

Currently serving as Manager of MR Education and Technical Development at Fairfax Radiological Consults, Mr. Schrack also serves as Adjunct Faculty Instructor for Northern Virginia Community College, teaching MR physics and clinical procedures. He also serves on the Board of Examiners of the American Registry of MRI Technologists.

Prior to joining Fairfax Radiological Consultants, Mr. Schrack was employed by GE Healthcare in several roles, including advanced high-field applications development as 1.5T Marketing Manager. He is the author of Echo Planar Imaging: An Applications Guide, GE Healthcare, 1996; contributing author, Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Orthopaedics& Sports Medicine with David Stroller, MD, 1997; and co-author of two modules in the series titled MRI for Technologists: Technical Considerations of MRI and Body Applications of MRI with International Center for Postgraduate Medical Education, 2006 and 2009, respectively.

Mr. Schrack is a graduate of James Mason University, North Virginia Community College, and The Pittsburgh NMR Institute.

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Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.