University of Wisconsin–Madison

2018 GE MR Programming Workshop

GE MR Programming Workshop
(EPIC and Orchestra)

August 13-17, 2018
Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research, Madison, WI

Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research
University of Wisconsin – Madison
1111 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705

The GE MR Programming Workshop will be co-hosted by University of Wisconsin – Madison and GE Healthcare.

Key Concepts to be Presented

  • Introduction to basic GE EPIC software design
  • EPIC pulse sequence development tools
  • How to modify pulse sequences
  • Steps needed to run a research pulse sequence
  • Image reconstruction using GE Orchestra SDK (MATLAB and C++)
  • Introduction to data structures used in Orchestra
  • Setting up a local EPIC and Orchestra environment
  • Networking with peers as well as experts from UW and GE


This workshop is designed for beginners learning how to use the pulse sequence and reconstruction tools available for researchers on the GE MR platforms. However, a solid understanding of the following concepts is expected:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging physics
  • Unix Operating System
  • C/C++ and MATLAB programming
  • Basic operation of GE MR scanner
  • Basic electronics


The early registration fee for the course is $1295 and the deadline for early registration is Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The regular registration fee is $1495; the final registration deadline for the course is Monday, July 9, 2018. The registration fee is inclusive of all course materials, meals (breakfast and lunch on Monday-Friday, and 4 dinners), and accommodations at the Best Western Inn Towner & The Highland Club from Sunday evening through checkout on Friday morning. Cancellations after Monday, July 9, 2018 are subject to a $100 cancellation fee.

The purpose of this Workshop is to provide hands-on training opportunities to GE MRI users from a variety of institutions. Based on this goal, registration will be initially limited to two attendees per institution to ensure a greater opportunity of disseminating training across more institutions. If you are interested in registering more than two attendees from your institution, please contact the course organizers at or Ellen Morin at (608) 265-3422 to be added to the waiting list. Individuals who have previously attended this Workshop and would like to attend again may also request to be placed on the waiting list. If there are still openings after the registration deadline (Monday, July 9, 2018), people on the waiting list will be invited to register.

For UW personnel and GE employees, please contact the course organizers directly for confirmation before registering.

Please note that on occasion, GE MR Programming Workshops are offered at locations outside North America; announcements are made on the GE MR Collaboration Community website.

Register here

Accommodations & Meals

Accommodations at the Best Western Inn Towner & The Highland Club from Sunday, August 12 – Friday, August 17, 2018 (5 nights) are included with course registration. The Inn Towner is an approximately 15 minute walk from the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR). Shuttle service is also available at the hotel.

Best Western Inn Towner
2424 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53726
Phone: (608) 233-8778 or (800) 528-1234

A breakfast buffet is included for those staying at the Inn Towner hotel.
Lunches will be catered during the course.
Dinners for four evenings will be included with course registration.

Please contact the course organizers regarding any food allergies or special requests.


Travel to and from Madison should be booked and paid for by individual attendees. Please plan to arrive on Sunday evening, as the course begins promptly on Monday morning. The course will end on Friday at noon.

The Dane County Regional Airport (airport code: MSN) is located approximately 20 minutes away from the Inn Towner. Ground transportation is available.

Bus service to Madison is also available from airports in Milwaukee (Badger Bus) and Chicago (Van Galder). Attendees are responsible for arranging transportation from the airport; however, the Inn Towner hotel does offer a free shuttle from the MSN airport. Please contact the hotel directly for more information.


Ty Cashen, MD, PhD, is a GE scientist on the body/vascular applications team and has been with GE since 2009. Dr. Cashen is also an honorary fellow based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently working on motion-robust, dynamic, and accelerated MR imaging.

Jim Holmes, PhD, is a scientist in the Department of Radiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Previously, he was with GE Healthcare and based in Madison. He is currently working on body and breast imaging including motion-robust dynamic imaging, non-Cartesian methods, and magnetization transfer.

Sam Hurley, PhD, is a scientist in the Departments of Radiology and Neuroscience, and has been with the University of Wisconsin since 2016. He is also an honorary fellow at the University of Oxford. Dr. Hurley’s work focuses on neuroimaging, including modeling of simultaneously acquired functional and molecular PET/MR data.

Alan McMillan, PhD, is a scientist in the Department of Radiology and has been with the University of Wisconsin since 2012. Dr. McMillan is currently working on magnetic resonance based methods for molecular imaging, including PET/MR.

Kang Wang, PhD, is a scientist in the Body and Vascular team and has been with GE since 2011. Dr. Wang is also an honorary fellow based at University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is currently working on dynamic MRI, water-fat imaging and phase contrast flow imaging.