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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

MEDP3512 Magnetic Resonance Imaging

10 creditsClass Size: 35

Module manager: Professor David Buckley

Taught: 1 Sep to 31 Jan View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

For BSc Medical Imaging students, the pre-requisite qualifications as per the programme specification.


This module is available as a discovery module and would be suitable for students who are studying a physical science degree (or related subject).

This module is mutually exclusive with

MEDP5312MMagnetic Resonance Imaging

This module is not approved as a discovery module

Module summary

This 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.


To introduce the physical principles of MRI including signal and image formation and clinical application.

Learning outcomes
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 static magnetic field
4. Describe, compare and contrast 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 echo time, TE, and repetition time, 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

Skills outcomes
Ability to design MR imaging protocols to exploit a range of contrast mechanisms.


This module introduces 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
- Quality assurance
- Contrast media
- Examples applications
- Taster of advanced techniques.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Independent online learning hours30.00
Private study hours48.00
Total Contact hours22.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

Guided reading and exercises via online course material ahead of lectures: 30 hours

- Private study and preparation for summative assessments: 48 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Student progress is monitored through past exam questions, formative exercises and question and answer sessions during the lectures.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Online AssessmentMixture of MCQ and other questions with example answers provided.0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment3 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:59:01


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