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Course Descriptions

Introduction to Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MRI300

Study of MRI, incorporating physics, safety, instrumentation, anatomy and pathology, basic terminology, and concepts of imaging parameters. Topics also include patient screening, safety for the patient and personnel within the MRI department, patient comfort, claustrophobia, sedation, contrast media, and patient communication. 2 Credits (2 Lecture)

Magnetic Resonance Sectional Anatomy and Pathology I

MRI305

Study of human anatomy as demonstrated in orthogonal plane imaging, including the brain, soft tissue neck, the thorax, and spine. Pathology associated with these structures is also covered. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Corequisite(s): MRI300.

Magnetic Resonance Instrumentation and Imaging

MRI310

Overview of the instrumentation/hardware associated with Magnetic Resonance (MR) imaging. Topics include magnetism, MR system components, types of MR magnets, radiofrequency (RF) systems, gradient systems, and system shielding. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Corequisite(s): MRI300.

Magnetic Resonance Pulse Sequences

MRI315

Comprehensive overview of Magnetic Resonance (MR) pulse sequences, image formation, and image contrast. The pulse sequences covered are spin echo, fast spin echo, gradient echo, inversion recovery, echo planar, parallel imaging, and spectroscopy. Tissue characteristics, contrast agents, and post-processing techniques are also covered. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Corequisite(s): MRI300. Fall Only.

Physical Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

MRI319

Basic principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to include the history of MR, nuclear MR signal production, tissue characteristics, pulse sequencing, imaging parameters/options, and image formation. 2 Credits (2 Lecture) Corequisite(s): MRI300. Fall Only.

Magnetic Resonance Sectional Anatomy and Pathology II

MRI320

Study of human anatomy as demonstrated in orthogonal plane imaging, covering the abdomen and pelvis and musculoskeletal system, including upper extremities, lower extremities, and joints. Pathology associated with these structures is also discussed. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): MRI305.

Magnetic Resonance Safety

MRI325

Introduction to the fundamental concepts of Magnetic Resonance (MR) safety, including the education of patients and management of emergencies involving patients and ancillary personnel. Also discussed is patient screening, exam preparation, MR contrast agents, and patient monitoring within the MR suite. 1.50 Credits (1.50 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): MRI300.

Magnetic Resonance Clinical Patient Management

MRI330

Discussion of MRI factors applicable to the clinical setting, including patient management. Topics include scheduling and prescreening patients, communicating with patients, performing and monitoring quality assurance testing, and correlating the exam requested with the patient’s clinical history. Topics also include methods of disease prevention and the actions required when patients need sedation. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): MRI300.

Magnetic Resonance Parameters and Imaging Options

MRI335

Discussion of the parameters and imaging options necessary to create quality magnetic resonance (MR) images. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): MRI300. Spring Only.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Procedures

MRI340

Study of imaging techniques related to the central nervous system, neck, thorax, musculoskeletal system, and abdomen and pelvic regions. Topics include specific clinical applications, available coils and their use, considerations in scan sequences, specific choices in protocols, positioning criteria, anatomical structures, and the plane that best demonstrates them, and signal characteristics of normal and abnormal structures. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): MRI300 and MRI305 and MRI310 and MRI315 and MRI319. Corequisite(s): MRI320. Spring Only.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinical Course

MRI341

Supervised clinical experience requiring a minimum of 128 hours in a direct patient care setting.  Practice necessary scanning competencies to become eligible to take the Magnetic Resonance Imaging registry examination through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.  1 Credit (0 Lecture - 3 Clinical) Corequisite(s): MRI320 and MRI325 and MRI330 and MRI335 and MRI340. Spring Only.

Magnetic Resonance Imaging Clinical

MRI350

Supervised clinical experience requiring a minimum of 240 hours in a direct patient care setting.  Practice necessary scanning competencies to be eligible to take the Magnetic Resonance Imaging registry examination through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists.  MRI board certification review sessions provide increased preparation for registry examination.  1 Credit (0 Lecture - 3 Clinical) Prerequisite(s): MRI320 and MRI325 and MRI330 and MRI335 and MRI340 and MRI341. Summer Only.

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