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The Department of Radiology and the Siemens Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Research and Development Team offer TECH SMaRT, a customized magnetic resonance (MR) training program in cardiovascular imaging. The four-day course consists of both lectures and hands-on scanning of volunteers. All course content is provided under the guidance of cardiovascular MRI technologists and attending radiologists at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Siemens Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Research and Development team.

Advances in MR hardware and imaging techniques have opened new opportunities for cardiovascular applications. TECH SMaRT is designed for users with a strong working knowledge of the Magnetom MR system and Syngo MR software. The course provides in-depth and diverse exposure to all of the basic cardiovascular applications of the Magnetom MR system. Techniques examined include:

  • LV Function
  • RV Imaging
  • Resting Perfusion
  • Morphology/Black Blood
  • Cine
  • Aortic Imaging
  • RV Dysplasia
  • Myocardial Viability
  • Grid Tagging
  • Flow Quantification

TECH SMaRT provides a practical system of criteria, performance assessment and feedback to assure that the quality of education offered to the technologist is unsurpassed in the industry.


TECH SMaRT is accredited by the ASRT for 31.75 Category A ECE credit hours.

 Admission Requirements

TECH SMaRT admits applicants who have demonstrated a strong background in MRI physics and data acquisition as well as significant experience with the Siemens Syngo software platform. For technologists seeking additional instruction in these areas prior to application, we recommend attending the courses “MRI Applications and Physical Concepts” and “Syngo MR Software” offered by Siemens.

 Registration Information

To apply for admission to TECH SMaRT, you must print, complete and fax or mail the Application Form to the address indicated on the form. Your registration and specific course dates will be confirmed within two weeks of receipt of your application.

The fee for TECH SMaRT ($3,000 per person) is payable by check to Northwestern CARD SMaRT. You will receive a bill for this amount upon your acceptance into the program. If payment is not received within three weeks of billing, your registration will be canceled.

The registration fee includes:

  • Course materials
  • Didactic lectures
  • Hands-on MR scanning sessions

Participants are responsible for their own travel, lodging and meal expenses.

 Dates, Times & Locations

TECH SMaRT courses are held on the second weekend of each month. Specific course dates will be confirmed on an individual basis upon acceptance into the program. The course runs Saturday through Tuesday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The course is taught at two locations:

Siemens Research and Development Office
737 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60611

Northwestern Memorial Hospital
251 E. Huron St.
Feinberg Pavilion, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

Our coordinator with communicate the location to attendees to the course date.

 Cancellation Policy

The registration fee, less a $250 administrative fee, is refundable if a written (via email, fax or mail) cancellation request is received 30 days prior to the course date. Please include your tax ID or social security number if requesting a refund. No refunds will be issued if notice is given less than 30 days prior to the course date; however, you may transfer your registration to a colleague.

Contact Us

Nicole Arnold
Department of Radiology
737 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-926-3867
Fax: 312-926-5991

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