MRI of Carotid Atherosclerosis

A Workshop for Imaging Vulnerable Carotid Plaque  

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NOTICE: Due to unforeseen conflicts with most of our course instructors, we are having to cancel this year’s carotid imaging workshop originally scheduled for September 16-18, 2009. 

If you are still interested in attending our workshop, please send us an e-mail to and we will add your name and contact information to our Early Notification list so that you will be notified as soon as we decide on when we will reschedule.


September 16th, 17th, and 18th, 2009


9:00am - 5:00pm, 8:30am - 5:00pm, and 7:30 - 2:00pm


University of Washington South Lake Union Campus
815 Mercer St., Seattle, WA 98109




Link to Course Schedule


Link to Course Flyer


This year's course has been cancelled.


The MRI of Carotid Atherosclerosis Workshop, is a three-day intensive course for 3T MR imaging of vulnerable carotid plaque.   The curriculum will focus on small-group, hands-on scanning and analysis of carotid plaque and will provide a solid foundation in Carotid Magnetic Resonance Imaging.  This is the third consecutive year that the Vascular Imaging Laboratory is holding this workshop.


Curriculum includes: 

  • Introduction to the interpretation of atherosclerotic plaque images
  • Lesion types, plaque components, morphological measurements, and use of multiple contrast weightings.
  • Scan artifacts and solutions: achieving desired image contrast in the presence of flow.
  • Problem solving and applications for clinical trials.
  • Software and hardware for image acquisition and analysis.

At the conclusion of the course, participants will have achieved the following educational objectives:

  1. Understand the specific components and parameters of atherosclerotic disease as it applies to the vascular system and the carotid in particular.
  2. Understand the applications and potential of magnetic resonance imaging
  3. Have a working, hands-on knowledge of carotid MRI scans including; scan preparation, head holder and coil placement, patch installations, power injector installation methods, and practice in optimizing protocols and basic scans.
  4. Introduction to quantitative interpretation software with an example of the practical analysis of patient data.


Target Audience:
The workshop is aimed at MR technologists, radiologists, and researchers interested in learning the foundations of Carotid MR Imaging.

The Vascular Imaging Laboratory at the University of Washington is located at the newly built South Lake Union Campus.  The campus is located in the heart of Seattle’s growing biotech corridor and features numerous conference rooms, a cafeteria, and a 140 seat auditorium. It is convenient to hotels as well as to downtown Seattle’s vibrant shopping and dining core.

The Vascular Imaging Laboratory, founded by Professors Chun Yuan and Tom Hatsukami, has pioneered the field of carotid MRI imaging for more than 10 years.  The VIL is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team of experts including imaging physicists, vascular surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, and engineers.  It has been the recipient of multiple NIH awards and acts as a core lab for numerous clinical trials.

This year's course has been cancelled.  If you have any questions, please send an email to

For directions or additional contact information, please visit the Contact Us page.

Nearby Accommodations:
The Vascular Imaging Laboratory is located at 815 Mercer St. in Seattle, Washington.  Nearby accommodations include:

Silver Cloud Inn 
1150 Fairview Ave. N 
Courtyard-Lake Union (a Marriott hotel) 
925 Westlake Ave. N 
Holiday Inn  
211 Dexter Ave. N. 
1-800-345-8082 (you have to use their general web site)

Hampton Inn & Suites
700 Fifth Avenue North