Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Physical and Biological Principles


  • Stewart Bushong, ScD, FACR, FACMP, Professor of Radiologic Science, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

This book offers comprehensive, well-illustrated coverage of this specialized subject at a level that does not require an extensive background in math and physics. It presents the fundamentals and principles of conventional MRI, fast imaging techniques, and their applications. Beginning with an overview of the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism (Part 1), Parts 2 and 3 present an in-depth explanation of how MRI works. The latest imaging methods are presented in Parts 4 and 5, and the final section (Part 6) covers personnel and patient safety and administration issues. Perfect for student radiographers and practicing technologists preparing to take the MRI advanced certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
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Book information

  • Published: April 2003
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-0-323-09208-1

Table of Contents

Part 1 Fundamentals

1. An Overview of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

2. Electricity and Magnetism

3. Nuclear Magnetism

4. Equilibrium-Saturation

5. Radiofrequency Pulse Sequences

6. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Parameters

7. How To Measure Relaxation Times

8. Fourier Transforms in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

9. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Part 2 The Imaging System

10. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Hardware

11. Primary Magnetic Resonance Imaging Magnets

12. Secondary Magnetic Resonance Imaging Magnets

13. The Purchase Decision and Site Selection

Part 3 Image Formation

14. Digital Imaging

15. A Walk Through the Spatial Frequency Domain

16. The Musical Score

17. Magnetic Resonance Images

Part 4 Pulse Sequences

18. Spin Echo Imaging

19. Chemical Shift and Magnetization Transfer

20. Gradient Echo Imaging

21. Faster Imaging Techniques

22. Echo Planar Imaging

Part 5 Applications

23. Magnetic Resonance Angiography

24. Perfusion Imaging

25. Diffusion Imaging

26. Cardiac MR Imaging

Part 6 Safety

27. Contrast Agents and Magnetic Resonance Imaging

28. Magnetic Resonance Artifacts

29. Biologic Effects of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

30. Managing a Magnetic Resonance Imaging System

Appendix A The Bloch Equations
Appendix B Additional Resources
Practice Examinations
Answers to Challenge Questions
Answers to Practice Examinations