RAT3113 - Methodological Principles and Techniques in MRI


Lessons are not given in the academic year 2023/2024

Course content

The course focuses on the practical application of MRI, using relevant techniques for imaging. It covers deeper aspects of MR physics, artifacts, contrast agents and choice of parameters. The MRI theory os related to anatomy and pathological changes, indications for MRI-exam and use of contrast agents, strategies for optimizing the image quality, patient care and handling, communication, and writing reports.

Learning outcome

Candidates who have completed the course should have achieved: The student should:


  • Have a broad knowledge of how anatomical structures and pathological changes are imaged with MRI
  • Have a broad knowledge of safety, patient care, contrast mechanisms, indications and contraindications
  • Have a broad knowledge of procedures for MRI examinations
  • Have a broad knowledge of recording techniques, imaging parameters and artifacts
  • Have knowledge of a variety of methods for assessing and measuring image quality in MR images
  • Have knowledge of the principles and methods for a selection of methods for image processing and its importance for image quality and diagnostic use


  • Be able to assess theoretically and practically how anatomy and pathology are presented with or without contrast agent in MRI examinations
  • Be able to identify anatomical structures and common pathological changes
  • Be able to explain the indications for various MRI examinations
  • Can assess image quality with respect to contrast and artifacts and perform image optimization
  • Be able to select, customize and renew procedures for MRI examinations
  • Be able to explain and evaluate the effect of changes in different imaging parameters

General competence:

  • Be able to acquire knowledge and skills that ensure good ability to care for patients in an MRI department
  • Be able to use theory for practical image diagnostic purposes, which contributes to increased efficiency and improved image quality

Learning methods and activities

Lectures on campus and group assignments. Lectures are being held over 2-4 days in the spring semester with practical assignment on MRI scanner, and students have 7 compulsory assignments. Course material will be available on the e-learning platform; scientific papers, links to web-pages, short movies (animations, lectures etc.), self-tests, student assignments, and discussion boards with students and lecturers.

Compulsory assignments

  • Assignments

Further on evaluation

Home exam, 48 hours. Grading: Passed / not passed Deferred exam can be conducted as an individual oral examination for the student with valid absence or the grade "not passed". Compulsory assignments must be approved before the student can take the exam.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Advanced programme in magnetic resonance part time (MTVMRDEL)
Medical Imaging Technologies (MMEDBT)

Required previous knowledge

Passed exam in the course Introduction to MRI (RAT3101 or RAT3111)

Course materials

Information on course material will be given before the course starts.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
RAT3102 12.5 AUTUMN 2022
RAT6100 2.5 AUTUMN 2022
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Version: 1
Credits:  15.0 SP
Study level: Second degree level



Language of instruction: English, Norwegian

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Radiography
Contact information

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Circulation and Medical Imaging


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