MRI: basic understanding for (bio)medical research

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To help biomedical and clinical researchers improve basic knowledge of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) principles and terminology.

The course runs once a year on four half-day sessions on consecutive weeks. It consists of plenary lectures, although day 2, 3 and 4 start with one plenary interactive session for detailed discussions on course related or personal topics.

Scheduled dates:
tba (probably September 2017)

Magnetic Resonance Imaging is an emerging research field allowing non-invasive characterization of soft tissues. A variety of clinically relevant parameters on tissue pathology can be assessed, not only based on anatomical, but also structural (composition) or functional data (e.g. cardiac motion, brain perfusion).
While some researchers are trying to improve existing MRI methods to make them more sensitive or faster, most researchers use the MRI machine as a tool to answer specific biological questions. However, the concepts, as well as pro’s and con’s of the MRI methods being used are difficult to understand without a basic knowledge of these techniques.
It must be stressed that although MRI is based on physical principles, this is NOT a physics oriented course. By graphical explanations of different aspects of the MRI technique, participants will gain a more intuitive understanding of what happens during an MRI experiment. More importantly, they will learn what factors affect the MRI signals and images, allowing a more skeptical view towards results from their research and that of others.

Topics covered are:

  • The MRI signal, how is it generated and how do we process it?
  • T1/T2(*) contrast in MR images
  • Basic MRI sequences & “what is this k-space about?”
  • What determines signal-to-noise?
  • MRI artifacts
  • Measurements of Flow and Diffusion
  • Quantitative MRI methods
  • MR contrast agents

Target audience:
AMC PhD candidates working with MRI.

The course is given in English.

To qualify for the certificate, the participant must attend all lectures and complete all assignments satisfactorily. Attendance is registered.

Study load:
28 hours (including assignments), which is comparable to 1 ECTS point.

Number of participants:
Maximum 25 per course.

No charge for registered AMC PhD candidates. Employees of the AMC or AMC Medical Research BV can participate provided slots are available. All other participants are charged a fee of 500 euro.

Instructor: B.F. Coolen / Department of Biomedical Engineering & Physics / / tel. +31 (0)20 566 5335

More information:
From AMC Graduate School / / room J1A-112 / tel. +31 (0)20 566 4618


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