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MRS551 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Physics and Instrumentation (8)


This subject covers the concepts of physics and instrumentation in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It briefly reviews the basic physic principles of MRI and extensively considers the physics of advanced techniques including MR spectroscopy. It covers reconstruction techniques used in MRI. The subject reviews the basics of image formation techniques for spin echo imaging and extensively considers advanced imaging techniques of gradient echo imaging, fast spin echo, magnetic resonance angiography and echo planar imaging. The subject also covers the principles of magnet, gradient and radio-frequency coil technology. Safety considerations and bio-effects on MRI will be covered.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Biomedical Sciences

Enrolment restrictions

Available only to students enrolling in the M.App.Sc.(Medical Imaging) course, or at the discretion of the course committee School of Clinical Sciences.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
understand and describe the physical principles of MRI;
understand and describe the physical principles of MR spectroscopy;
understand and describe the reconstruction techniques used in MRI;
explain the techniques of image formation used in MRI;
understand and describe the principles of the instruments required to form an image in MRI.


The subject will cover the following topics:
Module 1: Physical principles of MRI. introduction into the mathematics of MRI review of the physics of spin physical principles of: - flow motion; - magnetic resonance spectroscopy safety in MRI and bio-effects of static and time varying magnetic fields and RF deposition Module 2: Image formation within MRI. Fourier transforms review of the spin echo technique and image contrast advanced imaging techniques - gradient echo imaging - fast spin echo imaging - flow imaging (MR Angiography) - echo planar imaging - diffusion imaging - chemical shift imaging - magnetisation transfer contrast - image artefacts Module 3: Image hardware of MRI. magnet technology - superconductivity - normal temperature superconductivity gradient coil technology radiofrequency coil technology


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.