EE290T / BIOE265: Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

2DFT sequence

Spring, 2010

Course Description

This class aims to teach the basic principles of MRI.
Fundamentals of MRI including signal-to-noise ratio, resolution, and contrast as dictated by physics, pulse sequences, and instrumentation. Image reconstruction via 2D FFT methods. Fast imaging reconstruction via convolution-back projection and gridding methods and FFTs. Hardware for modern MRI scanners including main field, gradient fields, RF coils, and shim supplies. Software for MRI including imaging methods such as 2D FT, RARE, SSFP, spiral and echo planar imaging methods. Fundamental tradeoffs of tailoring hardware and pulse sequences to specific applications. The modern MRI toolbox will be introduced, including selecting a slice or volume, fast imaging methods to avoid image artifacts due to physiologic motion, and methods for functional imaging. The fundamentals of MRI image artifacts (motion, magnetic susceptibility variations, RF field variations) will also be covered. The last part of the class will present emerging research opportunities and concomitant engineering research challenges including high-field MRI, hyperpolarization methods, small animal MRI, cardiac MRI, stem-cell tracking, functional MRI, parallel imaging and compressed-sensing MRI.


Class Time and Location

Office Hours

Required Text

D. Nishimura Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging 2010
You can get in paperback(35$) and hardcover(45$) from

Optional References

Course outline:


Homework Instruction

Class Handouts: