Handbook of MRI Pulse Sequences

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is among the most important medical imaging techniques available today. There is an installed base of approximately 15,000 MRI scanners worldwide. Each of these scanners is capable of running many different "pulse sequences", which are governed by physics and engineering principles, and implemented by software programs that control the MRI hardware. To utilize an MRI scanner to the fullest extent, a conceptual understanding of its pulse sequences is crucial. This book offers a complete guide that can help the scientists, engineers, clinicians, and technologists in the field of MRI understand and better employ their scanner.

·Explains pulse sequences, their components, and the associated image reconstruction methods commonly used in MRI
·Provides self-contained sections for individual techniques
·Can be used as a quick reference guide or as a resource for deeper study
·Includes both non-mathematical and mathematical descriptions
·Contains numerous figures, tables, references, and worked example problems

Audience: Researchers and clinicians in radiology, chemistry, biochemistry, pathology, psychology, neurology, and oncology who use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Geoffrey David Clarke, Ph.D.(University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio)
Description: This book describes in detail both the types of pulse sequence variants and the elements of pulse sequences employed for modern magnetic resonance imaging. The authors present in a single, comprehensive volume extensive cross-references to allow perusal of this field in accordance with the reader's interests. The level of detail presented is far beyond any previously published monograph and reflects the authors' careful study of the complete scientific and technical literature in this field.
Purpose: This book aims to help the reader gain a comprehensive understanding of many pulse sequences and associated techniques in use in the current field of MRI. Although others have previously presented the basic sequences with some interesting variations, what has been lacking previously is a description that includes detailed discussions of the various classes of pulse sequences in all their variants. This work is a distinguished accomplishment of the authors' goals and will likely exceed the expectations of most MRI scientists who refer to it as a concise but extensive source.
Audience: The authors admit that this book is not written for beginners in MRI science. It assumes not only a good mathematical understanding of MRI physics but also some minimal hands-on experience in the field. There are many very good books already in the market for those beginning their adventure in the field of MRI. However, for those who have significant experience but who feel the frustration of trying to keep up with the progress in all aspects of this diverse field, the unifying principles presented here will be a welcome revelation.
Features: The first chapter covers the basic models used in MRI pulse programming, the Fourier description of signals, and the rotating frame of reference. The second section covers in details the use and crafting of radio frequency pulses for MRI applications. The third section goes into to the use of magnetic field gradients and their applications. The fourth section deals with data sampling the k-space description of MRI. The fifth section puts the whole story together, explaining the pulse sequences used in conventional clinical MR scanning.
Assessment: The authors, all of whom are respected MRI scientists, write their sections in a seamless style so that it is difficult to tell where one starts and the other ends. The book works equally well if it is read straight through or if it used mainly as a reference. This book is highly recommended for any serious student of the science of magnetic resonance imaging.
From the Publisher
"...I believe it will become the 'gold standard' text for people involved in MR research or applications because of its clear and concise descriptions of most aspects of MRI."
—Michael Jacobs, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland in the JOURNAL OF MAGNETIC RESONANCE IMAGING (2006)

“…an outstanding reference source that covers all the important aspects of pulse sequence design and implementation.” —G.H. Glover, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA, in NMR IN BIOMEDICINE (2005)

“Anyone conducting research that makes use of the current state of MRI techniques should have this book on the shelf.” —MEDICAL PHYSICS (May 2005)

Excerpts from the forewords of this book:
“…This book is the most valiant and successful attempt yet to provide a useful description of this [pulse sequence] ‘zoo’, and to relate and classify the various denizens in it. … I believe that no MRI developer or user can read this book without learning more about the field, as I have.”
—From the foreword by Paul C. Lauterbur, Ph.D., 2003 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine, Professor of Chemistry, Biophysics, Bioengineering, and Medical Information Sciences, University of Illinois.

“…This book will become one of the classic texts in the field. It will play a key role in helping the next generation of scientists and MRI clinicians to continue the process of invention.”
—From the foreword by Richard L. Ehman, M.D., Professor of Radiology, Mayo Clinic

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120928613
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 9/7/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1040
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Background; Introduction. Part II: RF Pulses; RF Pulse Shapes; Basic RF Pulse Functions; Spectral RF Pulses; Spatial RF Pulses; Adiabatic RF Pulses. Part III: Gradients; Gradient Lobe Shapes; Imaging Gradients; Motion Sensitizing Gradients; Correction Gradients. Part IV: Data Acquisition, K-Space Sampling, and Image Reconstruction; Signal Acquisition and K-Space Sampling; Basics of Physiologica Gating, Triggering, and Monitoring; Common Image Reconstruction Techniques. Part V: Pulse Sequences; Basic Pulse Sequences; Angiographic Pulse Sequences; Echo Train Pulse Sequences; Advanced Pulse Sequence Techniques.

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