MRI 431 Physical Principles (3 Credits)
This class will cover the history of magnetic resonance imaging, magnetism, signal production, and the physics related to imaging. This will include, but is not limited to: tissue characterization; T1 and T2 relaxation; signal decay; K-space; Fourier transformation; spatial encoding; and image characteristics.
MRI 432 Cross Sectional Anatomy & Pathology (3 Credits)
Students will become familiar with cross-sectional anatomy and will learn how to view and to image the human body in multiple planes. The pathology of the various body regions (including neurological, visceral, musculoskeletal, soft tissue, and vasculature) will be discussed as it relates to MR imaging.
MRI 433 Instrumentation and Quality Analysis (3 Credits)
This class covers all components of MR imaging equipment including the magnet, the acquisition console, and all ancillary equipment. The various types of magnets, gradients, shims, radiofrequency coils, and magnetic and RF shielding will be covered, as well as maintenance, quality analysis and operational workflows.
MRI 434 Clinical MRI and Image Production (5 Credits)
Students will learn the clinical aspects of MRI. Basic principles will be covered including image weighting, image encoding, pulse sequences (including pulse sequence diagrams), flow and vascular imaging, and parameters and their trade-offs. This includes the imaging parameters for intrinsic image contrast characteristics; proper sequence selection; adjustment of imaging options; administration of contrast media; and use of post-processing applications.
MRI 435 Patient Care and MRI Safety (3 Credits)
This class will cover the handling and care of patients, visitors, and staff in the MRI environment. This includes the proper education and screening of anyone or any equipment entering the magnetic field and procedures for clearance for access to the MRI suite. Emergency procedures and their effect on patients, staff, and the public will also be discussed as well as ethical and legal issues
MRI 441 Clinical MRI Practicum (9 Credits)
Students will perform a wide variety of magnetic resonance imaging procedures in multiple clinical settings under the direct supervision of qualified medical professionals. Students will interact with patients ranging from infants to geriatrics. Clinical experience will include venipuncture and the administration of contrast media.
MRI 442 Advanced/Emerging Technologies (2 Credits)
An exploration of the emerging technologies and advances in MRI, including their impact on imaging and healthcare, will be presented. In addition, a correlation between MRI and other imaging modalities (Computed Tomography, Nuclear Medicine/PET, Ultrasound, etc.) will be discussed.
MRI 498 Capstone in MRI (2 Credits)