Advanced MR Physics Ⅱ

Course description:

This advanced MRI course builds on the course Advanced MR Physics I. The mathematical and physical framework laid down in AMRP I is used to focus on MR imaging methods and applications, e.g. fast spin- and gradient-echo imaging, spectroscopy, MR angiography, perfusion, diffusion and susceptibility weighted imaging and quantification, and scan acceleration techniques.

For the lectures (morning sessions) attendance is highly recommended; the tutorial sessions in the afternoon are mandatory.

Learning goals: upon completion of the course the student

  • understands the physical origin of the treated topics in terms of the underlying MRI signal
  • understands and can mathematically describe the methods used for spin excitation, spatial encoding and related image reconstruction of the treated topics
  • understands and can mathematically describe the methods for generating the contrast weighting of the treated topics
  • can derive optimal scan parameter settings in terms of signal-to-noise-ratio, contrast weighting, scan duration, etc.
  • understands the quantification methods of various physiological quantities and processes covered in the treated topics

Literature/study material:

  • Please note: bring your laptop (with matlab installed) to all practical sessions
  • Hand-outs provided by the lecturers
  • Handbook of MRI Pulse Sequences; Bernstein, Matt A.; Elsevier Academic Press
    Please not that the book is available as an e-book (download) on the website of Utrecht University Library.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging: Physical principles and sequence design; Robert W. Brown, et al.; John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2nd Edition
    Please note that the book is available as an e-book (download) on the website of Utrecht University Library.
  • MRI from Picture to Proton – 3rd Edition; Donald W. McRobbie et al.

Examination: written open book exam at end of course

Prerequisite knowledge: AMRP 1

Date: every Friday from 4 February – 12 April 2019

Registration: Apply at least 2 weeks before the start of the course via the studyguide.