Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Physics and Engineering

Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a powerful medical imaging technique which is nowadays routinely applied in all major hospitals. A well-known advantage of MRI is its supperior soft tissue contrast and its harmless character. Since its invention, MRI technology has known an enormous expansion both conceptual as with respect to the hardware. This evolution has enabled quantitative mapping of different microstructural and physiological properties non-invasively. MRI comprises a growing field of multi-disciplinary research that involves physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, computational modelling, image processing and medicine. After the success of a series of Friday afternoon lectures, we are happy to invite you to a one week MRI physics and engineering course. In this course, we hope to take you on an exiting and informative journey through the versatility of MRI and provide you with some basic insights and tools to perform research in this multidisciplinary field.

Target Group

The MRI physics and engineering course is aimed at:

  • PhD and other postgraduate students that want to learn how MRI works and find out about the research tools that MRI provides
  • Senior academics that want to find out about the potential of MRI
  • Professional biomedical engineers and medical physicists
  • Radiologists and physicians from other disciplines that wish to obtain a better understanding of the inner mechanisms and workings of MRI.
Participants should preferably have followed an undergraduate academic discipline in science, engineering or medicine. A good knowledge of elementary mathematics and physics is recommended.

Course Aim and Content

The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the physics of MRI. The course will cover the basic physics of nuclear magnetization and nuclear magnetic resonance, image formation, the hardware components of an MRI scanner, safety and health aspects of MRI scanning and advanced research techniques such as diffusion MRI, functional MRI, multi-nuclear MRI and hyperpolarized MRI.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course participants should be able to:

  • understand the physical principles behind nuclear magnetic resonance in depth
  • understand image formation, the k-space concept and appreciate different k-space sampling techniques
  • analyse an MRI pulse sequence using the k-space formalism
  • design a surface and volume RF coil
  • recognize image artifacts
  • perform quality assurance of MRI
  • explain the difference between contrast weigthed images and quantitative images
  • discuss novel MRI research techniques
  • read and understand the scientific literature on MRI.

Joining MRI pulse sequence programming course Siemens

Siemens Healthcare invites site physicists or physicians who would like to design and implement investigational MR pulse sequences to an IDEA pulse programming course, the week after the MRI physics and engineering course, i.e. from 18-22 April 2016. The IDEA Sequence Programming Course is a four and one-half day course describing the IDEA software for programming pulse sequences on the syngo MAGNETOM MR systems. Pulse sequence design and system integration are demonstrated in both lecture and laboratory sessions using computer workstations. This training course is intended for those who are developing new pulse sequences on Siemens MAGNETOM MR systems for research purposes. It is not a protocol development course. A thorough knowledge of MR physics and sequence design is assumed. Knowledge of C++ programming language is beneficial. To register for the IDEA Sequence Programming Course click here.