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
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.