2020 GE MR Programming Workshop

7/31/2020– Due to overwhelming interest, registration for the 2020 UW-GE MR Programming Workshop is currently only accepting waitlist registrations. The course organizers are working to determine how to accomodate all interested parties. If you are interested in taking the course in the near future, please put your name on the waitlist ($0) so that we can best understand how many parties are interested in attending. Thank you for your interest! Waiting list registration is here: https://uw.ungerboeck.com/prod/emc00/register.aspx?OrgCode=10&EvtID=25531&AppCode=REG&CC=120062446888&REGTYPE=3100-200


GE MR Programming Workshop (EPIC and Orchestra) – September 8th – October 19th, 2020

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

Audience and Prerequisites

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/Linux Operating System
  • C/C++, MATLAB, and Python programming
  • Basic operation of a GE MR scanner
  • Basic understanding of RF electronics


This year, the workshop will be conducted fully online. Participants will learn GE EPIC pulse sequence design and Orchestra image reconstruction tools through a mixture of pre-recorded lectures, interactive discussion sessions, and self-guided programming exercises. Attendees should expect to spend at least 5-6 hours per week on the course.

Registration Information

To be eligible for the Workshop, your institution must have an active EPIC License agreement with GE Healthcare. If your institution does not have an EPIC License agreement, please contact the course organizers before registering. For University of Wisconsin personnel and GE employees, please contact the course organizers directly for confirmation before registering.

Registration fee: $295 until July 31st, $375 after July 31st. The workshop is currently at full enrollment. Please sign up on the waitlist ($0) at the registration site if you remain interested.

Course dates: September 8th – October 19th, 2020 (online instruction)

Link to registration site: https://uw.ungerboeck.com/prod/emc00/register.aspx?OrgCode=10&EvtID=25531&AppCode=REG&CC=120062446888&REGTYPE=3100-200

Questions? Please contact the course organizers at ge-mr-programming@lists.wisc.edu or Ellen Morin at (608) 265-3422 with any questions.


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 imaging. Sam Hurley, PhD, is a scientist in the Department of Radiology 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 faculty member 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 an applications engineer and has been with GE since 2011.