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MRTY5052: Magnetic Resonance A

This Unit of Study explores the application of standard Magnetic Resonance Imaging(MRI) 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 encoding, fat suppression techniques, and common image artifacts are reviewed. MR safety aspects from the perspective of both staff and patients are discussed. Learning is supported by relevant website and video resources together with peer­reviewed clinical and research publications to demonstrate the appropriate application of different MR sequences and modifications required for a range of MSK patient presentations.

Code MRTY5052
Academic unit Clinical Imaging
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. identify each major component of magnetic resonance imaging hardware and equipment and its role in image production
  • LO2. understand the inherent safety issues and apply knowledge to create and maintain a safe magnetic resonance environment
  • LO3. demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts of spatial encoding and k-space acquisition methods across a range of clinical applications
  • LO4. identify image artifacts, their causes and appropriate minimisation strategies
  • LO5. understand how technical parameters are manipulated appropriately to optimise sequences and demonstrate an understanding of the effects on image weighting and image quality at both 1.5T and 3T
  • LO6. demonstrate an understanding of the technical differences between spin echo and gradient echo pulse sequences and apply this knowledge in the selection of the appropriate pulse sequence for optimal diagnostic outcome in musculoskeletal imaging
  • LO7. differentiate the fat suppression techniques used in musculoskeletal imaging, and identify the most appropriate technique in different clinical circumstances
  • LO8. identify appropriate diagnostic imaging protocols for standard musculoskeletal examinations with a focus on shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle
  • LO9. demonstrate a knowledge of the anatomy, common pathologies and clinical indications relating to the body regions listed in learning outcome 8
  • LO10. identify the advantages and disadvantages of the use of gadolinium-based contrast agents.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.