2019/20 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
MEDP5312M Magnetic Resonance Imaging
15 creditsClass Size: 30
Module manager: Professor David Buckley
Taught: Semester 1 View Timetable
Year running 2019/20
Pre-requisite qualificationsAs per programme specification.
This module is mutually exclusive with
|MEDP3512||Magnetic Resonance Imaging|
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThis module covers the underlying physical principles and the application of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for use in hospitals and the biomedical research environment. The emphasis of this module is developing your understanding of the science of MRI, rather than image interpretation.
ObjectivesTo introduce the physical principles of MRI including signal and image formation and clinical application.
On completion of this module, a student should be able to:
1. Describe the mechanism of signal production in MRI
2. Outline three of the main components of a clinical MR system
3. Discuss the effects of the strength of the main MR field
4. Describe, compare and contrast the T1 and T2 relaxation mechanisms
5. Apply the knowledge of contrast mechanisms to explain the use of contrast media
6. Explain the principles of slice selection, frequency encoding and phase encoding
7. Explain how images with different tissue contrast properties can arise from use of the spin echo pulse sequence, and apply this understanding to predict image appearance for given tissue parameters
8. Define TE and TR
9. Given a pulse sequence timing diagram, write a narrative explanation
10. Explain the operation of inversion recovery and gradient echo pulse sequences
11. Summarise a typical quality assurance protocol and discriminate the purpose of the components
12. Apply understanding of the field to an appropriate fictional case study
13. Evaluate one or more relevant clinical applications of MRI and its basis.
Ability to design MR imaging protocols to exploit a range of contrast mechanisms.
This module provides an introduction to the physical principles of magnetic resonance imaging in medicine, concentrating on the underlying mechanism of relaxation and how MR technology exploits relaxation to produce image contrast.
Outline of module content:
- Physical principles of nuclear magnetic resonance
- Relaxation mechanisms
- Spatial localisation and encoding
- Magnetic field gradients
- Spin echo, inversion recovery and gradient echo sequences
- T1 and T2 weighting
- Contrast media
- Examples applications
- Taster of advanced techniques.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Independent online learning hours||30.00|
|Private study hours||97.50|
|Total Contact hours||22.50|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||150.00|
Private study- Guided reading and exercises via online course material ahead of lectures: 30 hours
- Private study and preparation for summative assessments: 97.5 hours.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress is monitored through past exam questions, formative exercises and question and answer sessions during the lectures.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Online Assessment||Mixture of MCQ and other questions with example answers provided.||0.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||30.00|
The poster is prepared and submitted electronically for assessment.
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Standard exam (closed essays, MCQs etc)||1 hr 30 mins||70.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||70.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
Last updated: 30/04/2019
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