MRS553 Trends in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (8)

This subject examines new techniques and applications of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). It is offered concurrently with the practice of clinical MRI. The aim is to provide the theoretical bases of the new techniques and applications of MRI which are not commonly current clinical practice. Emerging developments, whether they be clinical practice, equipment or safety practice, will be examined.

Subject Outlines
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No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

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Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School 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 principles of the new clinical areas in MRI of:
  • echo planar imaging
  • diffusion / perfusion imaging
  • functional magnetic resonance imaging
  • magnetisation transfer imaging
  • spectroscopy;
  • discuss and explain the uses and actions of new contrast agents;
  • understand and describe clinical implications of new magnet technologies;
  • discuss and explain any safety implications of new techniques, contrast agents and hardware applications;


This subject will cover the following topics:

Echo planar techniques. -scanning techniques, -scan protocols, -instrumentation - magnet and gradients requirements, -safety considerations Diffusion / perfusion imaging. - scanning techniques, - scan protocols, - safety considerations Functional magnetic resonance imaging - scanning techniques, - scan protocols, - safety considerations Magnetisation transfer imaging - scanning techniques, - scan protocols, - safety considerations Spectroscopy - scanning techniques, - scan protocols, - safety considerations New contrast agents - actions - indications / contraindications - imaging results New MR hardware - open magnet technology - new low field magnet technology - high field magnets and safety


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.