MEDT8008 - Clinical MR Spectroscopy


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2018/2019

Course content

The course gives an introduction to clinical use of MR spectroscopy, both in vivo and ex vivo, with emphasis on proton MRS. The technique’s feasibilities and limitations will be discussed. Parameters such as volume localization (PRESS, STEAM, MRSI), water suppression, relaxation, coupling constants will be explained. Processing, quality control procedures and interpretation of spectra will be discussed. On the basis of exercises at both in vivo MRS and HR MAS systems the students are introduced to practical use of processing tools like jMRUI, LCModel, TopSpin and also multivariate analysis.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student:
1 Should understand the basic principles of MR spectroscopy.
2 Should be able to apply MR spectroscopic methods.
3 Should know how to analyze and evaluate MR spectroscopic results using various analytical and processing software tool.
4 Should be able to evaluate MR spectroscopic results for diagnostic use.
5 Should manage to give a critical evaluation of publications where MR spectroscopy have been used.
6 Should write a review paper at international publication level about a chosen topic within clinical MR spectroscopy.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, hands-on exercises (40 hours).
The course will be arranged with a minimum of 4 students. Maximum 10 students due to practical MR exercises.

Compulsory assignments

  • Presentation and discussion of selected scientific paper
  • Lectures and practical exercise

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Required previous knowledge

Master's Degree or relevant MR experience. Medical students at The Student Research Programme. Candidates with a lower degree will be assessed individually.

Course materials

Teaching material will be found at Blackboard.


Detailed timetable


  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.