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Magnetic Resonance Imaging Courses

Numbers in parenthesis are credit hours/semester and actual hours/week in class.

Where special course fees are required in addition to tuition, they are noted at the end of the individual course description. These fees are subject to change without prior notice.


MRI 200 - Patient Care and Safety (3, 3)

Prerequisite: Admission into the MRI Program

This course provides an introduction to the main magnetic field, health effects and safety of static magnetic fields as well as patient handling, screening, implants, projectiles, claustrophobia, and monitoring.

MRI 201 - MRI Principles I (3, 3)

Prerequisite: MRI 200. Concurrent with MRI 202, RAD 237

This course provides an introduction to the history, theories, and concepts of magnetic resonance properties, the types of magnets utilized, and the NMR signal generation. MR terminology, pulse sequencing, and basic principles of magnet safety will be introduced.

MRI 202 - MRI Clinical Education I (3, 16)

Prerequisite: MRI 200. Concurrent with MRI 201, RAD 237

This course provides an introduction to practical clinical experience of the MRI department. A weekly seminar is included. Clinical assignment is by Program Coordinator. A total of 128 clinical hours required.

MRI 203 - MRI Principles II (3, 3)

Prerequisite: MRI 200, MRI 201, MRI 202, RAD 237. Concurrent with MRI 204, MRI 205

Digital imaging, spin echo imaging, gradient echo imaging, and echo planar imaging and MR angiography will be presented in this course. Imaging parameters and artifact techniques will be introduced, as well as the biological effects of MRI.

MRI 204 - MRI Imaging Applications (3, 3)

Prerequisite: MRI 200, MRI 201, MRI 202, RAD 237. Concurrent with MRI 203, MRI 205

This course provides the student with the correlation between various regions of the body and the associated MR tissue characteristics. Various imaging techniques, as well as specialized receiver coils, will be discussed. Pathology of each region will be discussed.

MRI 205 - MRI Clinical Education II (3, 16)

Prerequisite: MRI 200, MRI 201, MRI 202, RAD 237. Concurrent with MRI 203, MRI 204

This course provides an advanced clinical experience in the MRI department. A weekly seminar is included. Completion of 256 clinical hours. Clinical assignment is by Program Coordinator. Clinical assignment is by Program Coordinator.

MRI 206 - Clinical Education III (3, 16)

Prerequisite: MRI 200, MRI 201, MRI 202, MRI 203, MRI 204, MRI 205, RAD 237.

The seminar will include a review and discussion of MRI principles, sequences and methods. Emphasis is placed on the interdependence of theory and principles in preparation of the ARRT examination. 128 hours (16 hours per week for 8 weeks) of advanced clinical experience in assigned MRI department. Clinical assignment is by Program Coordinator.

For additional information, please contact Melynie Durham, Magnetic Resonance Imaging Coordinator, at 708-596-2000, ext. 2261.

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