There is a mandatory project work that involves either writing an essay on an imaging method presented in the book or doing a lab work. The essay / lab work report must be returned by April 29.
The laboratory work consists of six MRI tasks completed using a mini-sized MRI system. The student
- Adjusts the system frequency of the MRI device;
- Adjusts the radiofrequency pulse duration for a 90° flip angle;
- Adjusts shimming so as to achieve a homogeneous B0 field;
- Experiments with changing the repetition time;
- Experiments with parameters of a spin echo sequence;
- Acquires an MR image of a phantom or an object of their choosing (that needs to fit in a 10 mm diameter test tube) using a 2D spin echo sequence and also reconstructs the image from raw k-space data with Fourier transform.
Select time slot for the laboratory work
Submission of the lab work report
Data preprocessing MATLAB function
Another option is to write an essay (4 to 6 pages) on an advanced MR imaging topic. The possible topics are (chapters and page numbers refer to those in the course book by Brown et al.):
- Water-fat separation (Chapter 17; pp. 413-446)
- Fast steady-state imaging (Chapter 18; pp. 447-508)
- Partial reconstruction and EPI (Chapter 19; pp. 511-566)
- Diffusion imaging (Chapter 21; pp. 619-636)
- Sequence design (Chapter 26; pp. 779-821)
- Parallel imaging (Chapter 28; pp. 859-889)
The essay must be returned by April 29.