Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
MRI 101
Course Title:
MRI Physics I - Principles, Equipment & Safety
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Course Description

Introduces Magnetic Resonance Imaging theory and application, patient care, MR safety, Imaging procedures, data acquisition and processing and the physical principles of image formation. Department permission is required.

Intended Outcomes for the course

1. the base principles of magnetic resonance physics.
2. MR safety issues
3. Imaging protocol differences and advantages
4. MR contrast agent types, dosages and safety issues
5. Pulse sequence parameters and trade-offs
6. Principles of MR specialty imaging

Course Activities and Design

The student will learn MR safety, patient care, theory and applications to prepare them to function as a MR Technologist.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

A.        Complete on-line study units

B.        Complete classroom exercises and homework.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)


The student will demonstrate understanding of the following themes, issues, concepts, and develop the following skills:


Ø  historical beginnings of MR 

Ø  basic MR principles

Ø  instrumentation and equipment

Ø  MR safety

Ø  patient assessment and monitoring

Ø  basic image weighting and contrast

Ø  basic encoding and image formation

Ø  basic parameters and trade-offs

Ø  pulse sequences

Ø  flow phenomena

Ø  MR contrast agents

Ø  MR artifacts

Ø  MR specialty imaging


A.           Learn the base principles of magnetic resonance physics

B.           Understand MR safety issues

C.           Learn imaging protocol differences and advantages

D.           Understand MR contrast agent types, dosages and safety issues

E.           Describe pulse sequence parameters and trade-offs

F.            Understand principles of MR specialty imaging