RAD226B/BIOE326B - In Vivo MR: Relaxation Theory and Contrast Mechanisms

Spring 2018-2019


A full understanding of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) requires knowledge beyond k-space and acquisition methods. RAD226a/b is a two-quarter sequence that covers fundamental aspects of in vivo magnetic resonance experiments unrelated to spatial localization and answers such questions as from where does the MR signal arise, how is it modified by in vivo processes, and how these processes can be exploited to generate tissue contrast and new biological information.

RAD226b “In Vivo MR: Relaxation Theory and Contrast Mechanisms” (cross-listed with BIOE326b)

Description: The processes by which nuclear spins return to their equilibrium state is known as relaxation and involves a complex interplay between neighboring nuclei and electrons. In this course, we will develop the physics and mathematics underlying NMR relaxation theory and explore important medical MRI applications including relaxation times in normal and diseased tissues, magnetization transfer contrast, chemical exchange saturation transfer (CEST), contrast agents, and molecular imaging probes.

Prerequisites: Rad226a/Bioe326a

Offered: 2018-19 Spring quarter (1st class 4/2/19), T, Th, 4:30-5:50 pm, Lucas P069.

3 units.

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  • Office hours 3:30-4:30 Tues/Thurs