Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

CLINIMAG 711 – MRI Specialised Clinical Applications

15 Points

Semester 2, 2019



Addresses complex scientific principles of MRI relevant to a range of specialised applications. Students will examine advanced pulse sequences, and specialised procedures including breast MR, enterography, MR angiography, functional MRI and cardiac MRI. Techniques such as perfusion, spectroscopy, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and tractography will be investigated in addition to new and evolving techniques.

Objectives and learning outcomes

This course aims to provide students with specialised theoretical knowledge and an understanding of the more complex scientific principles of MR technology. Students will continue to cultivate a critically questioning approach to MR imaging practice with an emphasis on integrating theory and clinical practice elements in order to facilitate clinical competence.

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

1. Analyse the underlying physical principles of a range of advanced techniques in order to manipulate factors appropriately and to demonstrate an understanding of their application to clinical practice and/or research.

2. Make informed clinical judgements on the selection of imaging protocols and technical parameters for a range of specialised MRI applications.

3. Critically evaluate a range of advanced MRI techniques to investigate specific anatomical regions, physiological processes and pathologies.

4. Critically discuss current developments in MRI applications and explore literature in relation to emerging initiatives.

Programme and course advice

Prerequisite: MEDIMAGE 714
Restriction: CLINIMAG 702

This course is a compulsory course within the PGDipHSc(MRI) programme.

All students enrolled in the PGDipHSc(MRI) programme are eligible for direct entry to this course on completion of the prerequisite course. For all other students, departmental approval is required and a concession request must be submitted when applying to enrol in this course.

Access to a clinical MRI department is highly recommended.

Course delivery and workload

This course is delivered fully online by distance via the University of Auckland’s learning management system ‘Canvas’. It will incorporate a range of learning approaches including videos, webpages, links to the library databases and resources, and utilising online technologies to promote shared learning opportunities.

The total expected workload for this course is approximately 150 hours. This may be broken down as follows:

• Set readings relevant to MRI theory and clinical practice (40 hours)

• Other resources provided on Canvas e.g. videos, websites (10 hours)

• Assignments and self-directed learning (100 hours)



There is not a required textbook for this course. A large selection of readings and other resources will be able to be accessed online via the course website and the Philson Library databases.



An aggregated mark of 50% or more is required to successfully pass this course. Resubmission of failed assessments is not permitted.

Penalties for excessive word count and/or late submission (without prior written approval for an extension) will be applied in accordance with the 'Medical Imaging Assessment Requirements and Presentation Criteria' document.

The following is indicative of the type of assessments to be completed for this course:

• Short Answer Questions 40%

• Pictorial Essay 30%

• Literature Review 30%

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