Electromagnetic Fields in MRI (TU/e)

Course description: 

This cross-departmental course teaches the fundamentals of electromagnetic field generation in MRI. The course will be provided by electrical engineering and biomedical engineering combined and will cover topics such as Biot-Savart law, gradient coils, transmission line theory, RF antenna/coils, B1+/B1-, noise, SNR, SAR, parallel imaging, numerical simulations etc.

The course will be designed along the principles of challenge based learning. Therefore, the course is organized around one final goal: to simulate, build and test an RF coil for ultrahigh field MRI. For this purpose, the students are divided into multi-disciplinary groups of 3 to 5 students.

All corresponding theory will be provided to the students in pre-made modules. Modules may consist of a combination of lectures, video-lectures, reading material and exercises. Alongside of these modules, the students are expected to make progress on their design. Student groups will be supervised and monitored by a PhD-student during the course to safeguard their progress. At the end, when all coil arrays have been built, all student groups will travel to Utrecht (or use any other open-architecture MRI system) to test their coil.

Assessment is 50% based on the practical results and another 50% based on one final exam

Learning goals: upon completion of the course the student
– has acquired fundamental theory on EM-fields in MRI
– can apply low-frequency EM-field theory in MRI
– can apply RF field theory in MRI
– can apply knowledge of RF safety, tissue heating and SAR on RF coil design
– can cooperate in multi-disciplinary teams
– can simulate, build and test RF coils in MRI

PLEASE NOTE: this course is taught in Eindhoven; check Osiris Eindhoven for a more extensive description.

Registration: register at TU/e, course code 5LPE0, at least 4 weeks before the start of the course. Please note that you also have to register for the exam, information can be found here.
UU Osiris registration will be done retroactively when the results from TU/e have been received. Please also inform us that you have applied for this course by sending an email to mix@umcutrecht.nl.