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MRI: Basic Principles and Applications

MRI: Basic Principles and Applications
Author: Mark A. Brown - Richard C. Semelka
ISBN 13: 9780470500989
ISBN 10: 470500980
Edition: 4
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2010-05-03
Format: Paperback
Pages: 280
List Price: $87.95

The field of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has evolved into an integral component of imaging procedures. And through all of the major advances and protocols that have defined this dynamic technology, only one text stands as the most accessible introduction to MRI systems available–MRI: Basic Principles and Applications.

Proven as a practical guide for radiology technologists and students, this concise, yet comprehensive resource strikes a unique balance between coverage of MRI theory and its implement tion in commercial scanners. The book starts with a presentation of fundamental topics, including the production of net magnetization and concepts of magnetic resonance. It then progresses to a one-of-a-kind overview of pivotal areas such as magnetic resonance physics, imaging techniques, hardware, and applications. Throughout, explanations and illustrations clarify technical concepts. Advanced mathematics is kept to a minimum, helping you become familiar with the foundation of MRI as it is used today.

Now completely updated, the Third Edition of MRI: Basic Principles and Applications brings you up to speed with the latest advances in this fast-moving field.

The new edition features:

  • Added discussions on 3D imaging, real-time imaging, cardiac imaging, and parallel acquisition techniques

  • An overview of important issues related to ultra-high magnetic field scanning systems (which are now commercially available)

  • Thoroughly updated and revised coverage of clinical protocols that reflect current methodologies

  • A two-chapter description of MRI physics, consisting of a review of introductory topics, followed by an examination of advanced concepts

  • Dozens of new images that accompany and add clarity to the text’s technical material

Amy Herlihy

This book discusses the basics of MRI, pulse sequences, and hardware requirements. The purpose is to give the reader a basic overview of MR physics, imaging techniques, and hardware. Targeted at a broad audience, the authors present the ideas clearly, avoiding the more difficult math and physics aspects. This book would be ideally suited to technicians and radiologists who are new to MRI and to radiology residents. I would recommend this to MRI graduate students as a first-semester reading. Although nicely presented, this book is short on some figures. It could use a graphical explanation of gradient echoes, sequence timing, and gradient lobe usage. MR images are not always easy to reproduce, but some figures could be drastically improved. The demonstration of wrap-around (or frequency undersampling) could be better. The abundance of pulse sequence diagrams is quite useful. Given the speed at which the field of MRI evolves, up-to-date information is important. This book does a nice job of discussing the major points of MRI, presenting current imaging techniques and hardware considerations. Although there are several such books out, this is a simple, easily readable book that covers all aspects of MRI, from the basic physics, to specific pulse sequences, to hardware requirements.