Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

CLINIMAG 711 – MRI Specialised Clinical Applications

15 Points

Semester 2, 2018



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.


Prerequisite: MEDIMAGE 714

Restriction: CLINIMAG 702

Please note: Access to a clinical MRI department is highly recommended.

Objectives and 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.


Learning outcomes

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

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

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.

Students are urged to discuss privately any impairment-related requirements face-to-face and/or in written form with the Course Coordinator.


Workload and contact hours

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)



All official communication to a student will be sent to the student’s current University email address (username@aucklanduni.ac.nz) and the student is responsible for ensuring that any desired forwarding to other addresses is in place and operating correctly. Staff will not be responsible for any consequences if students fail to read and respond to University correspondence in a timely manner.

Students are encouraged to use the course discussion forum as much as possible for communication with staff and other students. Email may be used for more private matters. Staff will endeavour to respond to email queries as soon as possible.


Academic integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting his or her learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the world-wide web. All students’ assessed work will be reviewed against electronic source material using computerised detection mechanisms.


Student feedback

Assessments will be marked, moderated and returned within 3 weeks of submission, with the possible exception of the last course assessment which will be returned after the Board of Examiners meeting. Feedback will be provided on all assessments in the form of a marking rubric and/or individual or class comments. This feedback will be accessed via email or Canvas as identified by the Course Coordinator.

At the end of this course, feedback from students may be requested in the form of an online course evaluation survey.

Assessment and textbook

Course textbook

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%

Course Coordinator