Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

MEDIMAGE 715 – MRI Technology

15 Points

Semester 2, 2019



This course provides an in-depth understanding of MRI technology and its applications and addresses scientific principles of the modality relating to standard clinical practice including pulse sequences, image quality and quality assurance, technical parameters and trade-offs, image optimisation, artefacts, parallel imaging, scanning at 3T, diffusion and MR angiography.

Objectives and learning outcomes

This course aims to extend students’ specialised theoretical knowledge and understanding of the underlying scientific principles of MR technology. The student will develop the ability to apply this knowledge to obtain images of optimal diagnostic quality.

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

  1. Analyse the underlying physical principles of a range of MRI pulse sequences in order to manipulate factors appropriately and to demonstrate an understanding of their application to practice. 
  2. Analyse and integrate the principles and technology of MRI to enable image optimisation.
  3. Critically evaluate the technical and diagnostic quality of a range of MR images. 
  4. Evaluate the importance of quality assurance and explain the associated impact on safety and image quality. 
  5. Critically discuss current developments in MR technology and assess the impact on clinical practice. 

Programme and course advice

Prerequisite: MEDIMAGE 714

Restriction: MEDIMAGE 703, 704

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

The 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 (40 hours) 
  • Other resources provided on Canvas e.g. videos, websites (10 hours) 
  • Assignments and self-directed learning (100 hours)


The required textbook for this course is:

MRI: From picture to proton (3rd ed.), Donald McRobbie, Elizabeth Moore and Martin Graves Cambridge, UK : Cambridge University Press c2017

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:

  • Quality Assurance Written Assessment 20% 
  • PeerWise MCQs 20% 
  • Applied Physics Assessment 30% 
  • Physics Assessment 30%

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