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Fundamentals of MRI
An Interactive Learning Approach

ISBN 9781584889014
Published December 22, 2008 by CRC Press
304 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Fundamentals of MRI: An Interactive Learning Approach explores the physical principles that underpin the technique of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

After covering background mathematics, physics, and digital imaging, the book presents fundamental physical principles, including magnetization and rotating reference frame. It describes how relaxation mechanisms help predict tissue contrast and how an MR signal is localized to a selected slice through the body. The text then focuses on frequency and phase encoding. It also explores the spin-echo sequence, its scan parameters, and additional imaging sequences, such as inversion recovery and gradient echo.

The authors enhance the learning experience with practical materials. Along with questions, exercises, and solutions, they include ten interactive programs on the accompanying downloadable resources. These programs not only allow concepts to be clearly demonstrated and further developed, but also provide an opportunity to engage in the learning process through guided exercises.

By providing a solid, hands-on foundation in the physics of MRI, this textbook helps students gain confidence with core concepts before they move on to further study or practical training.

Table of Contents


The Fundamentals of MRI

An Interactive Learning Approach

Using the Programs from Windows® Operating Systems

Non-Windows Operating Systems

Structure of the Book

Mathematics, Physics, and Imaging for MRI

Learning Outcomes

Mathematics for MRI

Physics for MRI

Imaging for MRI

Clinical Imaging Terms for MRI

Basic Physical Principles

Learning Outcomes

Spins and the Net Magnetization Vector

The Larmor Equation

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance

Longitudinal and Transverse Magnetization

Rotating Frame of Reference

Relaxation Mechanisms

Learning Outcomes

T1 and T2 Relaxation

Effect of Magnetic Field Strength on Relaxation Mechanisms

Saturation Recovery Graphs and Tissue Contrast

Contrast Agents

Slice Selection

Learning Outcomes

Gradient Fields

Gradient Fields for Slice Selection

RF Pulse for Slice Selection: Center Frequency and Transmitted Bandwidth

The Slice Selection Program

Acquiring Several Slices

Additional Self-Assessment Questions

Frequency Encoding

Learning Outcomes

Principles of Frequency Encoding

Gradient Fields for Frequency Encoding

The Frequency Encoding Demonstrator

Effect of Gradient Strength and Receiver Bandwidth on Field of View (FOV)

Additional Self-Assessment Questions

Phase Encoding

Learning Outcomes

Principles of Phase Encoding

Gradient Fields for Phase Encoding

The Phase Encoding Demonstrator

The Effect of Gradient Strength and Duration on Phase Shift

Repeated Phase Encoding Steps

The Data Matrix

Additional Self-Assessment Questions

The Spin-Echo Imaging Sequence

Learning Outcomes

The Concept of the Spin-Echo Sequence

Demonstration of the Principles of the Spin-Echo Sequence

TR and TE

Timing Diagram

Additional Self-Assessment Questions

Scan Parameters for the Spin-Echo Imaging Sequence

Learning Outcomes

Image Gray-Scale Characteristics

Image Spatial Characteristics

Image Noise Characteristics

Scan Time

The Spin-Echo Image Simulator

System Performance Assessment

Further Imaging Sequences

Learning Outcomes

Inversion Recovery Sequence

The Inversion Recovery Image Simulator

The Gradient-Echo Sequence

Flow Phenomena

Flow Phenomena Demonstrator: Spin-Echo Imaging Sequence

Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA)

Multiple-Choice Questions

Multiple-Choice Questions

Answers to Multiple-Choice Questions


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Learning by feedback is essential, especially for a subject such as MRI. This interactive book with CD by Berry and Bulpitt provides an easy-to-follow, step-by-step process to efficiently assimilate and develop understanding of the fundamentals of MRI. It is suitable for students, postgraduates new to the field, and even those with a passing interest in MRI. The online teaching methods and exercises are both intuitive and informative. This will be an invaluable learning tool and resource for those interested in grappling with the complexities of MRI. I would highly recommend this interactive book to those wanting an understanding of MRI.
—Vincent Khoo, Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK

An easy read for those interested in how MRI works but afraid of the heavy mathematics. The basic physics of MRI is clearly explained in layman’s language. Many worked examples help the reader to walk through the fundamental concepts. My favorite part is the exercise questions with answers provided. The multiple-choice questions at the end of the book with answers best prepare the reader to pass an exam on this subject. The best text I have seen for students who are preparing for an exam on MRI physics and for self-study.
—Larry Zeng, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA