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The progress of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as a clinical tool has been extraordinary, out-stripping the rate of development of any other imaging technique. There has been a huge increase in the practical applications of MRI techniques and its uses look likely to extend even further with the development of high speed gradients and pulse sequences.

The Handbook of MRI Technique has proved highly successful in guiding the uninitiated through scanning techniques and helping more experienced technologists to improve image quality. The third edition of this highly successful book has been fully revised and updated to consider new technologies and developments essential to good practice.

The book is split into two parts. Part 1 considers the main aspects of theory that relate to scanning and also includes practical tips on gating, equipment use, patient care and safety, and information on contrast media. Part 2 provides step by step instruction for examining each anatomical area, beginning with a basic anatomy section, followed by sections on indications, patient positioning, equipment, artefacts and tips on optimizing image quality. A section of problem-solving exercises completes the book.

Now in full color throughout with over 200 illustrations this book will continue to appeal to radiographers new to MRI and regular users who are looking for information on alternative techniques and suggestions on protocol modifications.

  • Completely revised and updated
  • Over 100 brand new photographs and line drawings
  • Written by technologists for technologists
  • With contributions from MRI technologists in the USA and Australia
  • Suitable for users of all types of MRI systems

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"It is a user-friendly and practical book that I will be able to use throughout my career." (Doody's Reviews, May 2009)
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Mark Todd Eastberg, RT (R)(MR)(Froedtert Hospital)
Description: This MRI handbook is divided into two main sections covering practical concepts of MRI and examination. The previous edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: The purpose is to outline scanning techniques and protocols in MRI and to provide a step-by-step guide to imaging every part of the body. The book is a must for technologists studying for the MRI Registry.
Audience: It is most appropriate for technologists who have had experience in MRI and it would be beneficial for residents, fellows, and practitioners. Chapters 2-5 would be helpful for practitioners who have little knowledge in the field of MRI.
Features: The book treats the subject in depth and the authors have done a wonderful job of explaining the many trade-offs in MRI, which is not easy to do. The many illustrations and images are the best I've seen. The book goes into a bit too much depth for readers without practical exposure to scanning, but using it conjunction with the author's book, MRI in Practice, 3rd edition (Blackwell Publishing, 2005), would make it easier for those learning MRI. This handbook will be very helpful for technologists who are studying for the MRI board exam.
Assessment: The third edition is necessary because of the many recent software and hardware upgrades and advances in the field. It is a user-friendly and practical book that I will be able to use throughout my career.
Steven Censky
This book is very well thought out and logically arranged. The technical information and illustrations are concise and very informative. This is a second edition; the first one was printed in 1994. The purpose is to provide a guide and reference to MRI technologists that will be informative and useful on a daily basis, rather than a book that is read and then placed on the shelf for only occasional use. The second edition is more comprehensive and informative, and the author does an excellent job of building on the first edition. The objectives are important and necessary at this time in the rapidly changing environment of MRI. The author did a fine job of meeting the stated objectives. This book is written in simple, understandable terms for both MRI technologists and radiologists. Unless he or she is familiar with MRI terminology, the material covered might be difficult for a radiographer who does not have a prior background in the modality to understand. The contributors are credible in the area of MRI and the subject matter presented. The author covers all aspects of MRI scanning including anatomy, technique, positioning, and theory. This is an extremely useful guide, because of the way the material is organized and presented. The format allows for a quick reference to a specific anatomic area either for scanning assistance or general information. The scanning ranges and anatomic drawings are especially helpful for technologists relatively new to the field. This is an outstanding reference guide to the MRI technologist. Useful, updated information on technique, anatomy, and theory is provided. The book is organized in a logical and very user-friendly format. Theillustrations and examples are simple, concise, and effective. Advances in the field more than justify replacing the first edition. This is one of the most well thought out guides to practical MRI scanning I have seen to date.
Westbrook (Training and Education Manager, HealthSouth, UK) and co-authors provide explanations of the most common examinations using magnetic resonance imaging. After a brief review of theoretical and practical concepts such as pulse sequences, flow phenomena and artifacts, gating and respiratory compensation techniques, and patient care and safety, the bulk of the work consists explaining examination procedures for nine examination areas. For each examination area, information is provided on basic anatomy, common indications, equipment, patient positioning, suggested protocol, image optimization, and further reading. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405160858
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/13/2008
  • Edition description: 3
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 424
  • Sales rank: 418,768
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine Westbrook MSc DCRR PgC (L&T) CTCert FHEA, is a senior lecturer and post-graduate pathway leader at the Faculty of Health & Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge where she is responsible for post-graduate courses in MRI, CT, Radiography and Radiotherapy. Cathy is also an independent teaching consultant providing teaching and assessment in MRI and radiographic related subjects to clients all over the world.

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. How to use this book.


PART 1 Theoretical and practical concepts.

Chapter 2. Parameters and trade-offs.

Chapter 3. Pulse sequences.

Chapter 4. Flow phenomena and artefacts.

Flow phenomena.


Chapter 5. Gating and respiratory compensation techniques.

Chapter 6. Patient care and safety.

Chapter 7. Contrast agents.

PART 2 Examination areas.

Chapter 8. Head and neck.


Temporal lobes.

Posterior fossa and internal auditory meati.

Pituitary fossa.


Paranasal sinuses.



Thyroid and parathyroid glands.

Salivary glands.

Temporomandibular joints.

Vascular imaging.

Chapter 9. Spine.

Cervical spine.

Thoracic spine.

Lumbar spine.

Whole spine imaging.

Chapter 10 Chest.

Lungs and mediastinum.

Heart and great vessels.




Brachial plexus.

Chapter 11. Abdomen.

Liver and biliary system.

Kidneys and adrenal glands.


Vascular imaging.

Chapter 12. Pelvis.

Male pelvis.

Female pelvis.


Chapter 13. Upper limb.





Wrist and Hand.

Chapter 14. Lower limb.




Tibia and fibula.



Vascular imaging.

Chapter 15. Paediatric imaging.


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