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Original Release Date
June 2009

Material Review Date
July 2013

Expiration Date
October 1, 2022

Daniel R. Thedens, PhD
Associate Research Scientist
Department of Radiology
Division of Diagnostic Physics
University of Iowa Health Center
Iowa City, IA

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4712-304T MRI for Technologists:
MR Image Formation and Imaging Techniques

Format: Online Course
Credit: 3.75 ARRT Category A
Tuition: $56.25  Special Sale: $18.75
Certificates of Credit accepted by ARMRIT

MRI for Technologists is a training program designed to meet the needs of radiologic technologists entering or working in the field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). These units are designed to augment classroom instruction and on-site training for radiologic technology students and professionals planning to take the review board examinations, as well as to provide a review for those looking to refresh their knowledge base in MR imaging.

The skill of the technologist is the single most important factor in obtaining good quality diagnostic images. A successful MRI examination is the culmination of many factors under the direct control of the technologist.

MR Image Formation and Imaging Technique introduces the learner to the fundamental pulse sequences used for the majority of MRI acquisitions, the operator-controlled parameters that affect image quality, how images can be enhanced by the use of gadolinium-based contrast agents, how an image is generated, and how the interplay of spatial resolution, signal-to-noise ratio, and image contrast affect image quality.

After completing this educational material, the reader should be able to:

  • Describe the two fundamental pulse sequence categories
  • Explain the time parameters TE and TR
  • Discuss how the flip angle affects image appearance
  • Describe how images can be enhanced with the use of contrast agents
  • Describe how 2D and 3D images are generated using gradient magnetic fields
  • Explain the concepts of k-space and Fourier transform
  • Adjust spatial resolution and image contrast to optimize SNR and produce diagnostic images
  • List several additional imaging techniques and their contrast properties
  • Describe how these techniques differ from conventional spin-echo and gradient-echo pulse sequences
  • Explain characteristics that influence image quality
  • Adjust common types of operator-controlled parameters

This program has been approved by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 3.75 hours of ARRT Category A continuing education credit.

Tuition for this course includes:

  • Downloadable course content
  • Unlimited access to the course
  • Certificate of Credit

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Please note: tuition payments are non-refundable.

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Daniel R. Thedens, PhD
Associate Research Scientist
Department of Radiology
Division of Diagnostic Physics
University of Iowa Health Center
Iowa City, IA

Daniel R. Thedens received his doctorate in electrical engineering from Stanford University. In addition to his research and teaching responsibilities at the University of Iowa, Dr. Thedens is an Associate Research Scientist in Department of Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Radiology - Physics, at the University of Iowa Health Center. He also serves as co-chair for the Radiology MR Research Advisory Board as well as Technical Director of the Small Animal MRI Facility.

Dr. Theden’s research interests are 3D MR image acquisition, rapid MR acquisition techniques, imaging of cartilage and other orthopaedic applications, cardiac MRI, and MR image processing.

We are grateful to Dr. Thedens for updating his original work, released in 2009.

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