This unit of study explores the application of standard magnetic resonance (MR) imaging sequences, protocols, and techniques used in clinical musculoskeletal imaging. These techniques include variations of spin echo, gradient echo, and inversion recovery. MRI hardware, RF coils, spatial image encoding, fat suppression techniques, and common image artifacts is reviewed. MR safety aspects from the perspective of both staff and patients are discussed. Learning is be supported by websites and video resources together with clinical and peer-reviewed research publications to demonstrate the appropriate application of different MR sequences and modifications required for different MSK patient presentations.
1 x 1hr online quiz (30%); 1 x 2000wd essay (20%); 1 x 1.5hr online exam (40%) Tutorial and discussion contributions (10%)
McRobbie, D., Moore, E., Graves, M. and Prince, M. (2017). MRI From Picture to Proton (3rd ed.), Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.
It is expected that students will be current medical imaging practitioners working in the field of MRI at least 2 days per week.