Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
MRI 102
Course Title:
MRI Physics II - Advanced Principles
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Course Description

Continues 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 required. Prerequisites: MRI 101.

Intended Outcomes for the course

A.     Understand advanced MR theory and physical principles.

B.           Understand advanced MR image creation principles

C.     Understand physics of specialty MR imaging.

Course Activities and Design

The student will learn advanced MR theory  and principles 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  resonance         

Ø  fourier transform         

Ø  tissue relaxation

Ø  T1, T2, T2*, DW

Ø  spin-echo and inversion recovery sequences

Ø  sequence parameters

Ø  magnets, gradients, RF coils, systems

Ø  spatial localization

Ø  slice, frequency, phase

Ø  raw data, k-space

Ø  fast pulse sequences €“ gradient-echo, fast spin-echo, EPI

Ø  signal/noise, contrast/noise, bandwidth, trade-offs

Ø  3D acquisitions

Ø  MR Angiography

Ø  image artifacts

Ø  chemical shift imaging

Ø  contrast enhancements

Ø  diffusion / perfusion

Ø  functional imaging


A.           Learn advanced MR principles and physics

B.           Learn advanced MR image creation principles

C.           Learn advanced imaging principles and physics