MEDT8011 - Introduction to MR Imaging


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Oral examination
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Oral examination 100/100

Course content

The course gives an overview of Magnetic Resonance Imaging with focus on applications. Basic MR-physics, spatial encoding, basic pulse sequences, contrast in MR, MR hardware, practical considerations, general clinical applications of MRI, including new methods such as functional MRI, perfusion and diffusion MRI, and clinical MR spectroscopy. Investigative procedures for MRI of brain, heart and cancer. Use of MR in biomedical and biotechnological research. The course is equivalent with FY8408 at the Department of Physics.

Learning outcome

After completing the course, the student should: - know the basic principles of magnetic resonance imaging. - be able to describe principles of spatial encoding in MRI. - be able to explain the basic outlay of the spin and gradient echo sequences. - know the main components of an MR system. - be able to describe diffusion weighted, perfusion weighted, angiography, functional MRI, and what these sequences are used for. - know about contrast agents in MRI; including which contrast agents are available sequence types used, and areas of use in medicine and research. - be able to discuss factors influencing image quality, including recognize common artifacts and the origin of these. - know of possible health risks connected to the use of MRI, including the use of contrast agents. - know about different areas within research, medicine, and industry where MR methods are used. - have performed an MRI experiment and analyzed the results in a group, and presented this work with the group to the other students in the course.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures, demonstrations, practical assignments (compulsory) and oral presentations (compulsory). Lectures will be held at St. Olav's Hospital/MH campus Øya. Language of instruction will be English if international students participate. Because of limited resources available for the lab assignments, an enrollment cap may be set. The course will not be held if the total number of attending students is below 5 participants. If possible, all lectures will be broadcasted online or made available in digital format. This is done to allow external students (outside NTNU) to take the course.

Compulsory assignments

  • Practical/theoretical assignment/exercise with presentation
  • Practical/theoretical assignment/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.

Course materials

Information will be given at first lecture

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MEDT8009 4.0 01.09.2009
FY8407 4.0 01.09.2009
FY8408 4.0 01.09.2009
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Version: 1
Credits:  4.0 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2020

No.of lecture hours: 2
No.of specialization hours: 4

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Medical Technology
  • Medical Physics
  • Physics
  • Medicine
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging



Examination arrangement: Oral examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Autumn ORD Oral examination 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral examination 100/100
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * 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.

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