Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Course Details

Course Number: 4743  Section Number: X 10

Fall 2011

Location: Bridwell Hall

Classroom Number: Internet

Days & Times:


Course Attachments


MRI Physical & Biological Principles
Author: Stewart Bushong; Publisher: Mosby (Elsevier)
  ISBN: 0323014852

MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Beth Leigh Veale PhD   
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Course Objectives

Course Overview:

Every now and then, an exciting new development comes along that has the potential to change the entire medical field.   MRI is one of those discoveries.  Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, the forerunner of MRI, has been used extensively in chemistry laboratories.  Its application in the field of medical imaging has been a fantastic breakthrough for the world of medicine.   the potential goes far beyond imaging.  The us of MRI in spectroscopy is as exciting as its use in imaging.

This course will introduce you to the world of MRI.  You should compile a basic understanding of the physical aspects of MRI, the equipment used, instrumentation and its applications.  This course is not designed to qualify you as an MRI technologist but will provide information necessary to start you on the road to gaining a more complete understanding of MRI.

While you do not have to have direct access to an MRI scanner for this course, you will be required to work with an MRI department and technologist for the laboratory project.  If you are able to spend time in an MRI department, it will enhance your understanding of the material.

Course Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, a student will be able to:

 To introduce radiologic technologists to the physical principles, instrumentation, site planning, safety, and limited discussion of applications in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

  1. To give instructors, chief technologists and radiology department administrators a comprehensive understanding of the various aspects of MRI.
  2. To prepare students for the content areas of the ARRT MRI certification examination.

Course Expectations

This course offers ten units of instruction, each followed by a unit examination.  It is best to complete each unit exam as each unit is completed.  At any time during the enrollment period, the laboratory may be completed.  Any questions or problems that may arise should be addressed to the instructor.  Please do not wait to enter course unit exam answers on-line until the last minute---graded exams will serve as a guide for subsequent units and as study guides for the final exam.

The final examination is a "closed book" examination of multiple-choice and short answer format. This test must be completed through an approved proctor and testing site on a scheduled date. The final test must be administered by a proctor. Please complete the proctor application form and send it to the course instructor as soon as possible.

Laboratory Project

The laboratory project for this course requires no patient contact.  Instead, it is designed to introduce the student to the rules and regulations set forth by OSHA and the FDA concerning the strength, safety, and use of magnetic fields in medicine.  Again, the laboratory may be completed at any time during the enrollment period.

All course requirements must be completed before a grade is awarded.  Unit examinations and laboratory projects that were completed during a prior enrollment may not need to be repeated. Contact your instructor if repeating this course.

 All course requirements must be completed before a grade is awarded. 

Contact your instructor if repeating this course.

Final Exam12/8/2010  8 am - 12 pm

Submission Format Policy

All unit exams are to be submitted through WebCT.  The laboratory assignment is to be submitted in Word format only, font 10 or 12 pt.  Your name and the date must appear on a title page along with the course name and number.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

All quizzes must be completed prior to sitting for the final exam.  Any exams not completed will be assigned a grade of zero.  The laboratory assignment must be submitted by the deadline posted in WebCT.  Five (5) points per day will be subtracted from the laboratory grade for late submissions.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

This is an online course and as such there are no mandatory sessions.  However, the student should be vigilant in checking email and logging onto WebCT.  Regular checks will insure that messages from the instructor are received in a timely manner. This course is on a schedule that will be strictly adhered to and is posted on WebCT.

Other Policies

Special Needs:

In accordance with Section 504 of the Federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Midwestern State University endeavors to make reasonable adjustments in its policies, practices, services, and facilities to ensure equal opportunity for qualified persons with disabilities to participate in all educational programs and activities.

The Office of Disability Support Services (DSS) provides information and assistance, arranges accommodations, and serves as a liaison for students, instructors, and staff.  The DSS has assistance devices such as books on tape, recorders, and adaptive software which can be loaned to qualified individuals.  A student/employee who seeks accommodations on the basis of disability must register with the Office of Disability Support Services in the Clark Student Center Room 168 or call 940-397-4140 for further information.  Documentation of disability from a competent professional is required.

Individuals with grievances related to discrimination or lack of accommodation on the basis of a disability are encouraged to resolve the problem directly with the area involved.  If the matter remains unresolved, advice and/or assistance will be provided by the Office of Disability Services for resolution.  The grievance procedure may be found in the Student Handbook and Activities Calendar.

The director of the Counseling Center services as the ADA Coordinator may be contacted at (940) 397-4618, TDD (940) 397-4515, or 3410 Taft Blvd., Clark Student Center Room 108.


Students are expected to fulfill the requirements of this course including completion of all activities as specified on the course calendar.  Failure to do so may result in point reductions per day or in a zero for that assignment.  Any student not completing the final exam during the period specified by the course calendar will receive a score of zero.



Grading / Evaluation:

Your course grade will be based on the following:



Initial Enrollment

If Course is Being Repeated

Learning exercises



Laboratory exercise



Final exam


Final exam 



The following grading scale is used for this course:


90 and above


80 - 89


70 - 79


60 - 69


59 and below



You MUST complete all course requirements during the semester of initial enrollment. However, if you do not complete the course during the first semester, you may request, in writing, an "I" (incomplete) grade. Incompletes will only be granted for extenuating circumstances -- poor time management or a hectic work schedule are NOT extenuating circumstances. If the Incomplete is granted, you will then have 30 days from the first class day of the following semester. You must complete all course requirements by the end of the incomplete period. A grade of "F" will be assigned to students who fail to complete all course requirements by the incomplete period. A second extension to complete course requirements cannot be granted for any reason.


Conduct / Honesty / Honor System:


RADS 4743 adheres to the MSU Code of Conduct.  In particular, academic dishonesty, however small, creates a breach in academic integrity.  A student’s participation in this course comes with the expectation that his or her work will be completed in full observance of the MSU Code of Student Conduct.  A student should consult the Student Handbook for answers to any questions about the code.


Many components of RADS 4743 are designed to be highly interactive with students helping each other learn.  Students are encouraged to take full advantage of many resources available including Internet sites, handouts and module notebooks, other textbooks and journals, faculty, and peers. This interactive collegial learning environment is conducive for life-long learning.


Specific components of RADS 4743 are designed to represent the efforts of each student individually and are NOT to be shared.  These components include the written assignments submitted for a grade.  When students submit their efforts for grading, they are attesting they abided by this rule. 


Cheating includes, but is not limited to, (1) use of any unauthorized assistance in taking quizzes, tests, or examinations; (2) dependence upon the aid of sources beyond those authorized by the instructor in writing papers, preparing reports, solving problems, or completing other assignments; or (3) the acquisition of tests or other academic materials belonging to the university faculty or staff without permission.

Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of, by paraphrase or direct quotation without correct citation in the text and on the reference list, the published or unpublished works of another person. Students may NOT submit papers and assignments that they have previously submitted for this or other courses. The use of materials generated by agencies engaged in "selling" term papers is also plagiarism. Students are encouraged to review the tutorials and suggested websites for more information about plagiarism. Papers and other assignments may be submitted to an external agency for verification of originality and authenticity.

Academic dishonesty (cheating, plagiarism, etc.) will not be tolerated in this class. Whenever a student is unsure of whether a particular situation will be interpreted as academic dishonesty, he/she should ask the instructor for clarification.  If students are guilty of academic dishonesty, a grade of zero (0) may be given for the quiz, assignment, etc.  Cases may also be referred to the Dean of Students for possible dismissal from the university.



By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a “limited right” in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course.  The “limited right” shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality and authenticity, and for educational purposes. Specifically, faculty may submit student papers and assignments to an external agency to verify originality and authenticity, and to detect for plagiarism.


Communication with Instructor:

Contact information for the instructor is listed at the beginning of this syllabus.  Email is the preferred mode of communication.  It is critical that students report all email changes immediately to the instructor.  The instructor will respond or at least acknowledge email messages from students within a maximum of five (5) business days when MSU is in session.  Beyond standard university holidays and breaks, the instructor will notify students of any extended periods of time when email contact is not practical (professional meetings, etc)

The instructor will be available to meet face-to-face with any interested students at a designated time and place that will be announced on WebCT after the start of classes.    This meeting is optional and must be confirmed by email ahead of time with the instructor.                               

This course will include an UNGRADED Discussion Board on WebCT.  There will be two main sections, one section for questions for the instructors and one section for social messages.  Students may post questions they want the instructors to answer on the Discussion Board and the  instructor will respond so that the entire class (both sections) will benefit from the answers. 

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.