The Basics of MRI

Written by: Dr. Joseph P. Hornak (Rochester Institute of Technology)

A great number of mathematical concepts are included in this textbook but at least one reviewer believes that the reviews of the required math and physics knowledge required are adequate for most students to understand the material presented. Dr. Joseph P. Hornak, the author, is a professor of Chemistry and Imaging Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Each chapter builds upon knowledge presented in the earlier ones. Advanced students may not need to begin at chapter one to proceed through the later chapters of the textbook.

The Basics of MRI was written in the mid-to-late 1990s. I’m not sure how much, if at all, the technology has changed. I’ll leave it to students to decide if this text remains relevant. I’ve included it as it does appear that students might find Dr. Hornak’s work useful for understanding the overall concepts of the technology. Presented in English, Italian and Russian.

There’s also a chapter that would be useful for anyone facing an MRI exam. I briefly looked it over and while the author recommends reviewing the earlier chapters for greater understanding, it does appear that a novice could learn more about taking an MRI from the text.

Table of Contents for The Basics of MRI Online Textbook

  1. Introduction
  2. The Mathematics of NMR
  3. Spin Physics
  4. NMR Spectroscopy
  5. Fourier Transforms
  6. Imaging Principles
  7. Fourier Transform Imaging Principles
  8. Basic Imaging Techniques
  9. Imaging Hardware
  10. Image Presentation
  11. Image Artifacts
  12. Fast Imaging Techniques
  13. Advanced Imaging Techniques
  14. Your MRI Exam
  15. Clinical Images
   

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The Basics of MRI


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