NVCC COLLEGE-WIDE COURSE CONTENT SUMMARY
RAD 115 - PRINCIPLES OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING  (3 CR.)
 

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Presents concepts of magnetic imaging, magnetic physics, fundamentals of magnetic resonance and application of these principles. Lecture 3 hours per week.

GENERAL COURSE PURPOSE

This course is a component of a career certificate that is designed as a multi-competency module to provide expertise in magnetic resonance imaging to registered or registry eligible technologists. The completion of the career certificate will prepare individuals for employment as an MRI technologist in hospitals and imaging centers. This course will fulfill the professional continuing education requirements required by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

ENTRY LEVEL COMPETENCIES

This course is offered to students who have graduated from an approved radiologic technology program and are registered or registry eligible according to the standards provided by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

After completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. describe the history of magnetic resonance imaging
  2. discuss the relationship of electricity and magnetism to MRI
  3. describe nuclear magnetism
  4. discuss NMR signals
  5. describe RF pulses/sequences
  6. discuss NMR spectroscopy
  7. describe MRI parameters
  8. discuss T1 and T2 relaxation time/measurement
  9. describe MRI hardware
  10. discuss purchasing decisions
  11. identify site selection characteristics
  12. discuss digital imaging characteristics
  13. discuss spatial encoding
  14. discuss magnetic resonance images
  15. describe use of contrast agents
  16. describe flow
  17. identify strategies for fast imaging
  18. discuss RF pulse timing
  19. discuss/identify artifacts
 MAJOR TOPICS TO BE INCLUDED
  1. An overview of magnetic resonance imaging
  2. Electricity in magnetism
  3. Nuclear magnetism
  4. MRI signals and spectroscopy
  5. MRI parameters
  6. MRI hardware
  7. Purchasing decisions and site selection
  8. Digital imaging
  9. Spatial encoding
  10. Magnetic resonance imaging
  11. Contrast agents
  12. Fast imaging strategies
  13. Artifacts
Revised 10/98

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