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Understanding Magnetic Resonance Imaging

1st Edition

By Robert C. Smith, Robert C. Lange

CRC Press

240 pages

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Hardback: 9780849326585
pub: 1997-11-20
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is the most technically dependent imaging technique in radiology. To perform and interpret MRI studies correctly, an understanding of the basic underlying principles is essential. Understanding Magnetic Resonance Imaging explains the pulse sequences, imaging options, and coils used to produce MR images, providing a strong foundation for performing and interpreting imaging studies. The text is complemented by more than 100 figures and 25 photomicrographs illustrating the techniques discussed. Radiology residents, MR technologists, and radiologists should not be without Understanding Magnetic Resonance Imaging-the only single resource that explains all technical aspects of MRI, including recent advances, and presents all imaging options.


"Many books have been written about the basics of MRI. This one has managed to find a happy medium between the cartoonish basic books and mathematically rigorous advanced books. The authors have presented the physics of NMR in a clear fashion, which provides ample background to understand the sequences that are prevalent in today's MRI clinic. The textbook lends itself well to resident training and as a brief review of the essentials of MRI."

-Doody's Weekly E-Mail Bulletin

"…[Its] strength is the breadth of topics covered in good to excellent detail and the fact that many of the topics cannot be found covered in as concise a manner…a useful, midlevel reference book on he basics of MRI…"

-Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Table of Contents

Atoms and Nuclei


Electricity and Magnetism

Gradient Coils, RF Coils, and Energy Deposition

The Behavior of Protons in a Magnetic Field

Relaxation Times and Relaxation Mechanisms

The Imaging Process

Fourier Analysis, Frequency, Phase and Signal Sampling

Signal to Noise Ration

Imaging Options

Reduction of Motion Induced Ghost Artifact

Aliasing (Wraparound Artifact)

Saturation Pulses

Flow Compensation (Gradient Moment Nulling)


Half Fourier Imaging

Chemical Shift Selective Suppression

Specializing Imaging Sequences

Gradient Echo Sequences

Inversion Recovery Sequences

Fast Spin Echo (FSE) Imaging

Echoplanar Imaging


Vascular MRI

Time of Flight MRA

Phase Contrast MRA

Vascular Projection Images

MR Image Artifacts

Zipper Artifact

Central Point and Central Line Artifact

RF Penetration Artifact

Data Clipping Artifact

Geometric Distortion Artifact

Magnetic Field Perturbation Artifacts

Chemical Shift Artifact

RF Interference Artifact

Truncation (Gibbs) Artifact

Fast Spin Echo Related Artifacts


Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAW / Forensic Science
MEDICAL / Radiology & Nuclear Medicine