Topic outline

  • The main course 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.

    which is available as an e-book via Aalto University library. The following books are also useful on the course, but the exercises will be taken from Brown's book:

    • Zhi-Pei Liang, Paul C. Lauterbur, "Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Signal Processing Perspective", Wiley-IEEE, 1999
    • Donald W. McRobbie, Elizabeth A. Moore, Martin J. Graves, Martin R. Prince, "MRI from Picture to Proton", 2nd Edition, 2007

    The pointers to other materials will be provided on this page. The tentative list of weekly learning objectives is below (chapter, problem numbers and page references are to Brown's book). Zoom sessions are meant for discussion about the current week's exercises. The exercises are returned on MyCourses in two batches: rounds 1-4 by 23.2. and rounds 5-8 by 20.4.

    Note that the electronic materials shown in the exercise session ("Brief Recap of Chapter X of Brown et al. (2014)") are also linked below – but – the exercise answers that are presented in the exercise sessions will not be uploaded here, because they are home works. If you want to see them, you need to attend the session.

    Overview of MRI (week 3)

    Spins and magnetization (week 4)
      • Chapter 2: Classical Response of a Single Nucleus to a Magnetic Field (pp. 19-36)
      • Brief Recap of Chapter 2 of Brown et al. (2014)
      • Zoom session on Tuesday 26.1. (14:15-16:00)
      • Youtube videos:
      • Exercise 2
      • Quiz 2

    Rotating frame (week 5)
      • Chapter 3: Rotating Reference Frames and Resonance (pp. 37-51)
      • Brief Recap of Chapter 3 of Brown et al. (2014)
      • Zoom session on Tuesday 2.2. (14:15-16:00)
      • Youtube videos:
        • 90 degree pulse and relaxation:
        • Spin resonance and the rotating frame (this contains some quantum mechanics not required on this course but hopefully helps visualizing the rotating frame):
      • Exercise 3
      • Quiz 3

    Bloch equations (week 6; Exercises for weeks 1-4 to be returned by 23.2.)
      • Chapter 4: Magnetization, Relaxation, and the Bloch Equation (pp. 53-66)
      • Brief Recap of Chapter 4 of Brown et al. (2014)
      • Zoom session on Tuesday 9.2. (14:15-16:00)
      • Youtube videos:
      • Exercise 4
      • Quiz 4

    Signal detection (week 7)
      • Chapter 7: Signal Detection Concepts (pp. 95-111)
      • Brief Recap of Chapter 7 of Brown et al. (2014)
      • Zoom session on Tuesday 16.2. (14:15-16:00)
      • Youtube videos:
      • Exercise 5
      • Quiz 5

    Spatially varying fields and echoes (week x)
      • Chapter 8: Introductory Signal Acquisition Methods: Free Induction Decay, Spin Echoes, Inversion Recovery, and Spectroscopy (pp. 113-139)

    Basics of Fourier imaging (week x)
      • Chapter 9: One-Dimensional Fourier Imaging, k-Space, and Gradient Echoes (pp. 141-164)
      • Brief Recap of Chapter 9 of Brown et al. (2014)
      • Zoom session on Tuesday x.x. (14:15-16:00)
      • Youtube videos:
      • Exercise 7
      • Quiz 7

    Multidimensional Fourier imaging (week x; Exercises for weeks 5-8 and the Matlab exercise to be returned by 20.4.)

    Matlab exercise (week x)  Slides of the Matlab exercise session.