RAIT 315 Magnetic Resonance Instrumentation & Procedures • 3 Cr.

Class title change starting Summer 2020

Magnetic Resonance Instrumentation & Procedures • 5 Cr.


Presents the physics of magnetization, image production, image weighting, pulse responses, scanning procedures, magnet safety, and the role of the technologist. This course is intended to meet the degree requirements of the Technology and Nuclear medicine concentrations as well as the requirements of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging certificate of the Radiation & Imaging Sciences program. Either RAIT 315 or IMAGE 281 can be taken for credit, not both. Prerequisites: Admission to the Radiation & Imaging Sciences program, or permission of program chair.


Prerequisite: Acceptance into the program or permission of instructor.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Define and apply MR (Magnetic Resonance) related terminology.
  • Analyze patient and health care worker concerns with regard to magnet safety, and discuss strategies to minimize risks.
  • Identify MR (Magnetic Resonance) related hardware components and describe their function in the production of an MR (Magnetic Resonance) image
  • Define terms referring to MR (Magnetic Resonance) signal production, describe relationships amongst factors, and the technologist role in each facto
  • Define and appropriately apply terms related to image weighting, and examine the process of image weighing and its role in image quality
  • Analyze pulse sequences commonly used and their role in the MR (Magnetic Resonance) process, and describe the circumstances where they are optionally applied.
  • Examine artifacts produced, their impact on image quality and processes followed to identify their source.
  • Examine considerations, contrast agents and protocols for specific MR (Magnetic Resonance) application
  • Debate specialized applications of MR (Magnetic Resonance) and current research in future applications
  • Develop MR (Magnetic Resonance) protocol recommendations for specific case studies