Credits: 5

Schedule: 15.09.2019 - 15.12.2019

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 

Contact Lauri Palva in all matters related to the course. Use email

You can also find Lauri in the room F307 in Rakentajanaukio 2C, but it would be safe to agree the time first using email.

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

I-II 2018-2019 (autumn)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After completing this course, the student is able to

1. Describe the main components of MRI equipment and is able to broadly explain its operation.

2. Describe the most common types of coil used in MRI and their properties.

3. Explain how the different factors affect the quality of the signal.

4. Explain how spatial frequency information is obtained using the gradients of the magnetic field.

5. Describe the factors relating to the safety of an MRI device.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Basic components and functioning of a MRI device

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Exercises and work

Elaboration of the evaluation criteria and methods, and acquainting students with the evaluation (applies in this implementation): 

The evaluation is based on the laboratory works and the project work. To pass the course you must pass all subtasks.

The grade is calculated by the formula = 0,15xLW1 + 0,15xLW2 +0,15xLW 3+0,15xLW4 + 0,4xPW

Laboratory work grade (0-5) is denoted by LW

Project work grade (0-5) is denoted by PW

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

10 h contact teaching, 123 h independent studies

Details on calculating the workload (applies in this implementation): 

Workload of the course

Kick-off meeting


Laboratory works total (4 labworks)


Project work




Workload of a single

laboratory work

Preliminary tasks


Work in the laboratory

  2h (3h)

Writing the report



20h (21h)

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Material on the web page

Details on the course materials (applies in this implementation): 

Material for the project work

Instrumentation related matters are explained in the book Donald W. McRobbie, Elizabeth A. Moore, Martin J. Graves,  Martin R. Prince,MRI from Picture to Proton: chapter 9 Let's talk technical: MR equipment, chapter 10 But is it safe? Bio effects and chapter 11 Ghost in the machine: quality Control.

Material for the laboratory works:

The manuals for the laboratory works are on the Laboratory Works section.

The textbook of the course ELEC-E8736 Basics of MRI is useful as a background material when preparing the pretasks for the laboratory works. The book is: Robert W. Brown, Y.-C. Norman Cheng, E. Mark Haacke, Michael R. Thompson,     Ramesh Venkatesan, "Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Physical Principles and Sequence Design", 2nd Edition, Wiley, 2014.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Language class 3: English

Details on the schedule (applies in this implementation): 

The laboratory works are scheduled for the I period and the project work is scheduled for the II period.


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