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Introduction to Basic Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Analysis Methods for Neuro-Applications

Course 0000004013 in WS 2021/2

General Data

Course Type lecture
Semester Weekly Hours 2 SWS
Organisational Unit Associate Professorship of Neuroradiology (Prof. Zimmer)
Lecturers Carl-Robert Ganter
Jens Göttler
Dennis Hedderich
Christine Preibisch
Afra Wohlschläger
Dates Wed, 16:00–17:30, virtuell
Wed, 16:00–17:30

Further Information

Courses are together with exams the building blocks for modules. Please keep in mind that information on the contents, learning outcomes and, especially examination conditions are given on the module level only – see section "Assignment to Modules" above.

additional remarks This basic introductory course is devised as an interactive lecture with elements of hands on training. In order to provide insight into relevant applications, diagnostic neuroradiological and neuroscientific imaging examples will be given throughout the course. The lecture covers the basics of structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and analysis methods. It aims at a primarily conceptual understanding of the most important principles, of necessary scanner hardware, MR signal generation and contrast mechanisms. Starting from basic principles of electromagnetism, elementary spin physics and relaxation mechanisms will be explained. Special emphasis will be placed on an in depth understanding of basic MR experiments, namely the gradient echo and the spin echo, because it lays the foundation for understanding pulse sequences and MR image formation. Building on this knowledge, the most common pulse sequences and image contrasts, used for neuroradiological and neuroscientific applications, will be introduced and illustrated by application examples. In order to prepare participants to be able to interpret MR examinations and discern potential findings from image artifacts, the origin and appearance of common artifacts including means to avoid them will be explained. Finally, the course covers the basics of functional MRI based on the blood oxygenation level dependent (BOLD) effect, as used for preoperative functional brain mapping and neuroscientific applications, including basic image processing and analysis techniques.
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