Introduction to NMR and NMR Imaging

Module PH2209

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

PH2209 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • General catalogue of special courses
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Specific catalogue of special courses for Biophysics

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
300 h 75 h 10 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH2209 is Axel Haase.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This module provides an introduction to nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and NMR imaging. First the history of NMR and NMR imaging will be briefly summarized and the status of imaging applications in medicine and sciences will be presented. The course will explain modern methods of NMR imaging and will describe the instruments and technical details of imaging units. With the knowledge on NMR relaxation times, diffusion, chemical shift, etc.(content of the first part of the semester), techniques will be presented which influence the image contrast, the measuring time and the spatial resolution.

Learning Outcome

After successful participation, the student will be able to 1.describe the basic setup of an NMR imaging instrument 2.understand and explain the concepts of modern NMR and NMR imaging techniques 3.understand NMR imaging experiments and propose methods to change the NMR image contrast


No additional special requirements that exceed the admission requirements for the MSc program.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

VO 4 Introduction to NMR and NMR Imaging Haase, A. Karampinos, D. Menzel, M. Dienstag, 14:00–16:00
Mittwoch, 12:00–14:00

Learning and Teaching Methods

Presentation (incl. Beamer), exercises, discussion




NMR-imaging textbooks, e.g.: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Physical Principles and Sequence Design 2. Ed. by: Robert W. Brown, Y.-C. Norman Cheng, E. Mark Haacke, Michael R. Thompson, Ramesh Venkatesan available online from within TUM via

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

In a written exam the learning outcome is tested using comprehension questions and sample problems.

In accordance with §12 (8) APSO the exam can be done as an oral exam. In this case the time duration is 45 minutes.

Exam Repetition

There is a possibility to take the exam at the end of the semester.

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