Fundamental Concepts of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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G16.4404 Fundamental Concepts of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
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The course covers the fundamental physical principles governing the data acquisition and image reconstruction of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and applications in medicine and biology. A background in physical sciences is desirable but not essential.

  • Basic physical principles for signal generation and detection: magnetized spin systems; RF excitations; MR signal detection and characteristics.
  • Imaging principles: selective excitation; phase-encoding; frequency-encoding; k-space sampling.
  • MRI hardware.
  • Image reconstruction techniques: computational techniques for image reconstruction from sampled Fourier transform data.
  • Image contrast, resolution, signal-to-noise, and artifacts: MR contrast mechanisms; resolution limitations; noise characteristics; motion imaging and motion artifacts.
  • Fast imaging: fast spin-echo imaging; fast gradient-echo imaging; echo-planar imaging; and burst imaging.
  • Functional imaging: perfusion; diffusion; BOLD.
  • Spectroscopy.
  • Safety.
  • MR Angiography.
  • Clinical applications of MRI.

E. Mark Haacke et al. Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Wiley-Liss 1999.
D. G. Nishimura. Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Stanford 1996.

Students will be graded on homework and class participation (30%), a midterm closed book exam (30%), a project (10%), and a final exam (30%).


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Philanthropic Support

We gratefully acknowledge generous support for radiology research at NYU Langone Health from:
• The Big George Foundation
• Raymond and Beverly Sackler
• Bernard and Irene Schwartz

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