17th Annual Hands-On Course on Pediatric Cardiovascular MRI
October 15-17, 2019

The Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) and Nationwide Children’s Hospital are pleased to co-sponsor the 17th SPR Hands-on Cardiac MR Course. The Hands-on course will be held at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, October 15th – 17th, 2019, and is co-sponsored by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, and Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston.

This is a three-day intensive course with the goals of reviewing the necessary basic knowledge of heart disease in children and illustrating the practical use of MR for morphologic, functional, and hemodynamic evaluation. The course will consist of didactic lectures, free-form discussion sessions, interactive MR scanning, and hands-on post processing sessions. Please refer to the enclosed attachments for details of the program. At the completion of the course, the attendees should feel confident in initiating a cardiovascular MR program at their respective institutions to support the increasing demands for cardiovascular MR imaging in recent years. In addition, through this symposium, the organizers hope to create a communication and support network for radiologists and cardiologists pertaining to issues in the clinical practice of cardiovascular imaging.

All registrants are automatically registered for the “15th Advanced Symposium on Pediatric Cardiovascular Imaging” that will also be held at Nationwide Children’s Hospital on October 18-20th immediately following this Symposium. All the registrants for the 17th Hands-On Course are required to attend the 15th Advanced Symposium without exception. No additional registration fee for the Advanced Symposium is required. Therefore, the time commitment is a total of 6 days from October 15th – 20th, 2019.

15th Annual Advanced Symposium on Pediatric Cardiovascular Imaging
October 18-20, 2019

The Society for Pediatric Radiology and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, are pleased to co-sponsor the 15th Advanced Symposium in Pediatric Cardiovascular Imaging. Co-sponsored by the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Lurie Children’s Hospital, Chicago, and Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, the Symposium will be held at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, U.S.A., October 18th – 20th, 2019.

The 15th Advanced Symposium on Pediatric Cardiovascular Imaging is a two and one half-day course whose aim is to review advanced utilization of imaging of heart diseases in children with an emphasis on MR. The major session topics of this year’s course include: Focus sessions on Decision-making for Percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation in children, Imaging of Single Ventricle with MRI, CT and catheterization, Interventional CMR, Imaging of muscular dystrophy, and Value of MR imaging in pediatric heart disease. The program will also contain the popular “Works-in-Progress” session where cardiovascular imaging sections from major pediatric institutions from North America, Europe, and Asia, will present their most recent technical advances and research results.

This year SPR courses will be held in conjunction with the 2019 3DI3 Conference!

For the first time, this year’s SPR Advanced Course will be held in conjunction with the 2019 International Symposium on 3D Imaging for Interventional Catheterization in CHD (3DI3), offering a rare opportunity to bring together advanced non-invasive and invasive imaging under a shared program. Apart from the opportunities for networking and learning, the shared sessions will also delve into standardized approaches to strategic planning, reporting, and nomenclature for common disease pathways in pediatric cardiovascular disease.

The 3DI3 Symposium will be held at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, on October 19-21, 2019. On Oct. 19-20,SPR and 3DI3 will have a combined program. For more information, visit 3DI3.org.


Conference Objectives

Hands-On Course

  • Summarize the basics of pediatric cardiovascular medicine for imaging.

  • Review MR physics as applicable to cardiovascular MRI.
  • Discuss the basis of standard pediatric cardiovascular MR protocols.
  • Practice MR scanning at the console, and post-processing of acquired data under the supervision of experts.
  • Review MR features of selected pathologic conditions.
  • Demonstrate new procedures after exposure to the latest developments in cardiovascular MR.
  • Develop network for further collaboration.
















Advanced Symposium

  • Discuss the latest information on MR and CT assessment of sudden cardiac death, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and anomalous coronaries in children.
  • Review advanced applications of MR in adult congenital heart disease, including exercise testing in MR, and use of reporting elements, accelerated 3D/4D MR techniques, and semi-automated post-processing to create efficient workflows for adults following Tetralogy of Fallot repair, complex 2 ventricle repair, and single ventricle repair.
  • Discuss technical advances in CMR involving fast imaging with multidimensional reconstruction, cardiac DTI and elastography, and T2 oximetry.
  • Discuss the importance of showing value of pediatric CMR and CT in discrete patient care pathways by improving outcomes, reducing length of stay and decreasing overall costs of care.
  • Compare recent pediatric cardiovascular MR experience and expertise, and build a network amongst practitioners of pediatric CMR.

Conference Co-Chairs

Rajesh Krishnamurthy, MD
Rajesh Krishnamurthy, MDColumbus, OH
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Kan Hor, MD
Kan Hor, MDColumbus, OH
Nationwide Children’s Hospital


Hands-On Course


8:00 AM | Welcome & Introduction – Rajesh Krishnamurthy, Kan Hor

8:15 AM | Normal Cardiac Anatomy and Imaging – Shi Joon Yoo

9:00 AM | Segmental Approach to Congenital Heart Disease and Terminology – Rajesh Krishnamurthy

9:45 AM | Discussion

10:00 AM | Break


Breakout 1 – Basic MR Physics

  • 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM | MR Physics, Made Easy for the MR Beginner – Taylor Chung

Breakout 2 – Basic CV Hemodynamics/Surgical Repairs

  • 10:30 AM Basics of Cardiac Function and Hemodynamics – Simon Lee
  • 11:15 AM Common Types of CHD Surgery for Imager – Sergio Carrillo

12:00 PM Lunch


1:00 PM Practical MR Physics for Cardiovascular Imaging – Taylor Chung

3:15 PM Break


3:45 PM MR Protocol for Ventricular Functional Assessment – Christopher Lam

4:30 PM MR Protocol for Blood Flow Assessment – Vivek Muthurangu

5:15 PM Numbers Game with MR Data – Rajesh Krishnamurthy

5:45 PM Discussion

6:00 PM | Adjourn


8:30 AM Interactive MR Scanning – Taylor Chung, Prakash Masand, Kan Hor, Vivek Muthurangu
10:00 AM Break
10:20 AM Interactive MR Scanning – Taylor Chung, Prakash Masand, Kan Hor, Vivek Muthurangu

GROUP 2 & 3

8:30 AM MR Protocol for Contrast- Enhanced Angiography – Rajesh Krishnamurthy
9:00 AM MR Evaluation of Repaired Tetralogy of Fallot – Andrew Powell
10:00 AM | Break
10:20 AM MR Evaluation for Single Ventricle Repair Through the Stages – Mark Fogel
11:10 AM MR of Aortic Valve Diseases & Obstructive Lesions of the Aortic Arch – Shi Joon Yoo


11:50 AM MR Evaluation of Cardiomyopathies – Kan Hor

12:20 PM Lunch

1:20 PM | Small Group Practicum

  • Group 1 – Hands-on Post-processing – Kan Hor, Shi joonYoo, Andrew Powell, Vivek Muthurangu
  • Group 2 – Interactive MR Scanning – Taylor Chung, Mark Fogel, Rajesh Krishnamurthy, Prakash Masand
  • Group 3 – Case Studies

4:50 PM End of Day Discussion

5:20 PM Adjourn

8:30 AM | Small Group Practicum

  • Group 1 – Case Studies – Gordon Culham, Josh Robinson
  • Group 2 – Hands-on Post-processing – Kan Hor, Prakash Masand, Vivek Muthurangu, Mark Fogel
  • Group 3 – Interactive MR Scanning – Rajesh Krishnamurthy,, Mike Seed, Andrew Powell, Cindy Rigsby

11:50 PM Putting it All Together and Creating a Report – Vivek Muthurangu

12:20 PM | Lunch


1:20 PM MR Protocol for Contrast- Enhanced Angiography – Rajesh Krishnamurthy
1:50 PM | MR Evaluation of Repaired Tetralogy of Fallot – Andrew Powell
2:50 PM | Break
3:10 PM | MR Evaluation for Single Ventricle Repair Through the Stages – Mark Fogel
3:55 PM | MR of Aortic Valve Diseases & Obstructive Lesions of the Aortic Arch – Shi Joon Yoo
5:20 PM | Adjourn


1:20 PM Case Studies – Gordon Culham, Josh Robinson
2:50 PM Break
3:10 PM Case Studies – Gordon Culham, Josh Robinson
5:20 PM | Adjourn


1:20 PM Hands-on Post-processing – Kan Hor, Vivek Muthurangu, Cindy Rigsby, Shi Joon Yoo
2:50 PM Break
3:10 PM Hands-on Post-processing – Kan Hor, Vivek Muthurangu, Cindy Rigsby, Shi Joon Yoo
5:20 PM | Adjourn










Advanced Symposium

07:00-08:00  |  Lobby  |  Registration and Continental Breakfast       

08:00-08:10  |  Stecker  |  Welcome addresses and introduction to the 15th Advanced Symposium Rajesh Krishnamurthy, Tim Robinson, Catherine Krawczeski                 

08:10-09:55   |  Stecker  |  Focus Session 1: Value of Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging in Children Rajesh Krishnamurthy

08:15-08:35  |  Advanced imaging, modeling and device solutions for children: Where is the urgency? The FDA’s perspectiveVasum Peiris

08:35-08:55  |  What is imaging value and how do we show it?Rajesh Krishnamurthy

08:55-09:25  |  Mock Congressional Panel: Value proposition for MRI in single ventricle repairMark Fogel

09:25-09:55  |  Mock Congressional Panel: Value proposition for MRI in complex 2-ventricle repairAndrew Powell
Mock Congressional Panel –  Vasum Peiris, Carlos Mery, Catherine Krawczeski

09:55 – 10:25  |  Lobby  |  Break             

10:25-12:10  |  Stecker  |  Focus Session 2 : Imaging of Sudden cardiac death in children Lars Grosse Wortmann

10:30-10:50  |  New insights into AAOCACarlos Mery

10:50-11:10  |  Value Proposition for MRI in myocardial disease in childrenLars Grosse Wortmann

11:10-11:30  |  Stress perfusion CMR in HCM: insights into microvascular dysfunctionLazaro Hernandez

11:30-11:50  |  CHF and cardiac transplantation in children: Can imaging solve the critical diagnostic conundrums? Michael Taylor

11:50-12:10  |  Discussion     

12:10-13:30  |  Lobby  |  Lunch 

13:30-15:55  |  Stecker  |  Advanced Imaging and Modeling in CHD – Prasad Dasi

13:35-13:55  |  Modeling in CHD, a primer for pediatric cardiovascular imagersSilvia Schievano

13:55-14:10   3D printing for modeling studies: tips and pitfallsJayanthi Parthasarathy

14:10-14:30  |  Mechanobiological modeling for cardiovascular disease: Valvular and coronary diseasePrasad Dasi

14:30-14:50  |  Tissue engineered vascular grafts in children: insights from CFDChris Breuer

14:50-15:10  |  Update on CFD in the Fontan circulationTim Slesnick

15:10-15:40  |  4D flow is a viable alternative to particle flow analysis techniques for modeling in CHD Arno Roest

15:40-15:55   |  Discussion

15:55-16:20  |  Lobby  |  Break 

16:20-17:20  |   Stecker   |  DMD and myocardial tissue characterization Kan Hor

16:20-16:35  |  Neuromuscular diseases: Where does MRI add value? –  Kan Hor

16:35-16:50  |  Biomarkers of disease severity and gene therapy response in neuromuscular diseaseLinda Cripe

16:50-17:05  |  Myocardial tissue characterization: 1.5T vs 3TOrlando Simonetti

17:05-17:20  |  Discussion

06:45 – 08:00  |  Lobby  |  Continental Breakfast                       

07:00:-08:00  |  Stecker  |  Workshop: Structured Reporting for Cardiovascular MRI Ramkumar Krishnamurthy

08:00-09:45   |  Stecker  |  Adult CHD Update Curt Daniels, Sonya Babu Narayan

08:05-08:25   |  Transitional imaging for CHD: is the ball being dropped?Lindsay Griffin

08:25-08:45    Imaging markers of prognosis and outcomes in ACHD: Do’s and Don’ts Sonya Babu Narayan

08:45-09:05   |   Stress MR imaging in adult CHD Subha Raman

09:05-09:25  |  Multidimensional reconstruction for comprehensive cardiopulmonary imaging: a one-stop shop in ACHD? – Paul Finn

09:25-09:45  |  Discussion

09:45-10:15   |  Lobby  |  Break             

10:15-12:00  |  Stecker  |  CT of CHD Cindy Rigsby, Chris Lam

10:20-10:40  |  CT of the newborn with CHD: Why and how? Cynthia Rigsby

10:40-11:00  |  CT planning of complex surgical and catheterization procedures Ashwin Prakash

11:00-11:20  |  Post-treatment complications in CHDDavid Biko

11:20-11:40   CT after the Fontan procedure: Indications and ProtocolsMaryam Ghadimi Mahani

11:40-12:00   Discussion

12:00-13:00  |  Lobby   |  Lunch 

13:00-13:10  |  Stecker  |  Welcome SPR & 3DI3 Joint Sessions – Raj Krishnamurthy, Gregor Krings, Aimee Armstrong

13:10-14:25  |  Stecker  | Session: Interventional CMR – Moderators: Vivek Muthurangu, Kanishka Ratnayaka

13:10-13:25  |  How I use my combination MR/Cath Suite – Suren Reddy

13:25-13:40  |  MR-guided diagnostic catheterization: Is it possible when you don’t have a combination MR/Cath suite? – Aimee Armstrong

13:40-13:55  |   iCMR Pulmonary Hypertension Evaluation – Vivek Muthurangu

13:55-14:10  |  Tools for MR-guided intervention: Where are they? – Adrienne Campbell-Washburn

14:10-14:25  |  Q&A and Discussion

14:25-15:25  |  Stecker  |  Session: Single Ventricles – Moderators: Gerald Greil, Jennifer Romano

14:25-14:55  |  Debate: Routine pre-Stage III evaluation should include diagnostic catheterization

14:25-14:35:      Pro – Damien Kenny
14:35-14:45:      Con – Rahul Rathod
14:45-14:55:      Discussion

14:55-15:10  |  CT for pre-Stage II evaluation – Pam Ketwaroo

15:10-15:25  |  3DRA in the Interstage: When is it worth it? – Darren Berman

15:25-15:45  |  Stecker  |  Panel discussion of branch pulmonary artery evaluation in single ventricle disease (how do we evaluate and when do we intervene)

Case Presentation – Simon Lee
Moderators: Gregor Krings, Raj Krishnamurthy
Panelists: Carlos Mery, Pam Ketwaroo, Francesca Pluchinotta

15:45-16:15  |  Lobby  |  Break

16:15-17:15  |  Stecker   |  SPR Solo Session (Works in Progress); Moderator: Josh Robinson

16:15-16:30  |  Dallas Children’s Hospital – Gerald Greil

16:30-16:45  |   Nationwide Children’s Hospital/OSU– Rizwan Ahmed

16:45-17:00  |  Emory University, Atlanta – Tim Slesnick

17:00-17:15  |   Sick Kids Hospital: Fetal Imaging – Michael Seed

17:15-17:45  |  Transportation back to hotel

18:45-19:00  Transportation to social event for both 3DI3 and SPR – The Ivory Room
Jeopardy Game – Shakeel Qureshi


ED025A |  Overview of Segmental Anatomy in CHD Using 3D Printed Models
Faculty: Jayanthi Parthasarathy, Shafkat Anwar – Pre-registration required (20 allowed)               

ED025B  |  Expert Cases in CHD Using 3D Printed Models
Faculty: Shi Joon Yoo, Rajesh Krishnamurthy – Pre-registration required (20 allowed)

08:00-09:50 |  Stecker  |  Session: Percutaneous Pulmonary Valve Implantation in repaired Tetralogy of Fallot
Moderators: Shakeel Qureshi, Andrew Powell, Carlos Mery

08:00-08:15  |  When to replace the pulmonary valve in TOF: Predicting outcomes with MR and CT – Mark Fogel

08:15-08:30  |  Using Advanced Non-Invasive Imaging for assessment of the pulsatile RVOT for TPVR – Brian Boe

08:30-08:45  |  Can MR or CT predict coronary compression during TPVR? – Francesca Pluchinotta

08:45-09:00  |  How to Deliver Suitable MR and CT Data for Fluoroscopy Fusion – Jason Johnson

09:00-09:15  |  Discussion

09:15-09:50  |  Debate: Evaluation of the infant with TOF/PA/MAPCA

09:15-09:25  |  Catheterization is needed – Jennifer Romano
09:25-09:35  |  Catheterization is not needed – Prakash Masand
09:35-09:50  |  Discussion

09:50-10:10  |  Lobby | Break

10:10-11:00  |  Stecker  |  Session: Radiology and Cardiology: The Case for Collaboration
Moderators: Catherine Krawczeski, Taylor Chung

10:10-10:25  |  Radiation risk in CHD patients: The case for collaboration – Don Frush

10:25-10:40  |  Integrated Reporting for Invasive and non-invasive imaging in pediatric heart disease – Michael Seed

10:40-10:55  |  Strategic planning for cardiovascular imaging: examples of synergy – Rajesh Krishnamurthy

10:55-11:00  |  Q&A and Discussion

11:00-12:00  |  Stecker  |  SPR and 3DI3 Oral Abstract Session
Moderators: Gordon Culham, Kan Hor

12:00-12:05  |  Stecker  Wrap Up of Joint SPR and 3DI3 Sessions – Rajesh Krishnamurthy, Aimee Armstrong, Gregor Krings



Hands-On Course

Application/Registration Information

Attendance will be limited to 18 people to ensure ample opportunity for hands-on experience and discussions. Priority will be given to the radiologists and cardiologists who are primarily responsible for cardiac imaging in their departments, and have not had dedicated fellowship training in pediatric cardiovascular MRI. Strong commitment from hospital and departmental leadership to promote clinical growth of advanced cardiovascular MRI at their institution will also be considered favorably.

For those interested in applying to the SPR Hands-On Course, can you please send a letter of interest to Ms. Mikaela Mason at Mikaela.Mason@nationwidechildrens.org. We will then get back to you with details about how to apply and related information.


The registration/application deadline for this course is July 15, 2019, and decisions regarding selection will be notified by July 31, 2019. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed on a rolling basis based on space available.


Acceptance to this course includes registration/attendance to the 15th Advanced Symposium on Pediatric Cardiovascular Imaging October 18-20, 2019. Applicants will be reviewed and notified of acceptance via e-mail; the fee is USD $1,400.00.

*Credit card information will not be stored










Advanced Symposium

Registration Fees

Click HERE to register to attend the Advanced Course.

  • USD $595.00
  • USD $300.00 for Residents, Fellows and Technologists (note: letter from training program required for residents and fellows)
  • USD $695.00 for registrations received after September 10 or onsite registration

*Credit card information will not be stored

Case and Research Poster Presentations

Attention Residents, Fellows and Junior Staff:  Please submit your Interesting Case and Best Research Abstract. If accepted, the posters will be displayed outside the conference room. Case and Research Abstracts should be submitted by August 31, 2019.  (2200 character limit).  Abstracts should be in Microsoft Word format or Microsoft PowerPoint – images only, do not include videos.

  • Abstracts must be submitted via this Website only. Abstracts submitted via fax, e-mail or CD-R will not be accepted.
  • Abstracts will be selected by the 2019 Organizing Committee. Abstracts will be selected on the basis of academic integrity, overall quality, originality and relevance for clinical practice.
  • Accepted abstracts will be published and distributed at the Meeting.
  • Abstracts must be original and must not have been published or presented at any other conference prior to this Meeting.
  • Presenters of selected abstracts will be responsible for their own travel expenses as well as registration to the conference.
  • Abstracts must be received by the announced deadline. Abstracts received after the deadline may not be considered.


  • Make abstract title in all upper case
    The title should be brief, indicating the nature of the investigation.
  • Omit degrees, titles, and appointments of authors
    The first author listed should be the presenter at the Meeting.
  • Indicate the city and country of origin of the study
  • The only acceptable medium of presentation will be printed poster with dimensions within 48″ x 60″.
  • Organize the body of the abstract as follows:

    • A brief statement of the purpose of the study;
    • A statement of the method(s) of investigation;
    • A summary of the results presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusions;
    • The conclusions reached.
      (It is not acceptable to state “The results will be discussed.”)
  • Make your abstract concise – it is limited to 300 words.

Submission Deadline: August 31, 2019

Share your expertise in the form of an abstract in one of the following categories:

    • Interesting Case or Case-Series
    • Tip or Trick
    • Scientific Report
    • Technical Development

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Rooms are available at the Hilton Columbus Downtown at a discounted rate of $175 USD + tax for Single or Double Occupancy. In order to receive this discounted rate, room reservations must be made no later than September 23, 2019.

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Hilton Columbus Downtown offers a contemporary presence in the eclectic hub of Columbus. Explore our $1 million art collection featuring original works from more than 100 area artists. Our Columbus, OH hotel is within walking distance to over 300 dining and entertainment venues. Take our unique spiral staircase for dining and fitness options. Unwind over dinner and drinks at our Gallerie Bar.

Address: 401 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215.

The SPR Hands-On Course and Advanced Symposium sessions will be held at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Education Center, Stecker Auditorium at 700 Children’s Dr. Columbus,  OH 43205.  Parking is not available at the hospital  for meeting participants. Shuttle services will be provided daily from the hotel to the hospital.

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From John Glenn Columbus International Airport, the best mode of transportation is via taxi readily available 24-hours a day at the cab stand outside baggage claim. The 15-minute ride should run around $25 inclusive. The hotel does not have an airport shuttle.

Columbus also offers Uber car services as well as a number of private scheduled sedan services including Cardinal Transportation. For more transportation options to and from the airport, click HERE.

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