Magnetic Resonance Imaging: Physical and Biological Principles / Edition 3

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Overview

This book offers comprehensive, well-illustrated coverage of this specialized subject at a level that does not require an extensive background in math and physics. It presents the fundamentals and principles of conventional MRI, fast imaging techniques, and their applications. Beginning with an overview of the fundamentals of electricity and magnetism (Part 1), Parts 2 and 3 present an in-depth explanation of how MRI works. The latest imaging methods are presented in Parts 4 and 5, and the final section (Part 6) covers personnel and patient safety and administration issues. Perfect for student radiographers and practicing technologists preparing to take the MRI advanced certification exam offered by the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT).
  • Over 450 images, photos, and line drawings accompany each discussion, clarifying difficult material.
  • Easy-to-read, comprehensive material addresses six important content areas in an engaging style that does not require an extensive background in math or physics, but still goes beyond superficial coverage.
  • Appendices provide more complex mathematical content in The Bloch Equations, as well as a list of web addresses for professional organizations, scientific associations, and other sources of information relevant to the topics in the book.
  • New chapters on Chemical Shift and Magnetization Transfer (chapter 19), Perfusion Imaging (chapter 24), Diffusion Imaging (chapter 25) and Cardiac MR Imaging (chapter 26) keep up with the significant advances in functional MRI (fMRI) and cardiac imaging techniques.
  • Over 200 new illustrations make difficult concepts easy to understand - all pulse sequence diagrams have been revised for greater consistency with current scientific literature, and new images and line drawings have been added throughout to complement the extensive revision in many chapters.
  • New learning tools (outlines, objectives, and challenge questions) have been added to each chapter with answers in the back of the book that let readers assess what they should learn from each chapter, review concepts, and solidify their understanding of key concepts.
  • Two practice exams with 122 questions each include the appropriate number of test items for each category of the ARRT exam.
  • New images give readers a look at what the new imaging equipment and techniques can produce.
  • Extensive revisions, especially of chapters on imaging systems, image formation, pulse sequences, and applications, provide new content and updates.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

William R. Hendee
This is the second edition of an introductory text onthe fundamentals of MRI. It emphasizes the physical and biologicalprinciples of MRI but includes almost 100 pages devoted to MRI anatomy.The book is an extensive revision of the first edition published in1988. The author states that his objective is to present an overviewof the principles of conventional MRI and to help readers develop anunderstanding of the fast imaging techniques currently available. Hesees the volume as part of his continued efforts to make medicalimaging understandable and medical physics fun. Certainly, these areworthy objectives, and in general they are satisfied in this text. Theauthor, Dr. Bushong, is a very experienced writer who presents complextopics in ways they can be understood, and who uses illustrations andanecdotes to make reading his explanations fun. The author statesthat his primary audiences are students, technologists, and physicians.This book addresses the needs of the first two groups very well,assuming that students means student technologists. Dr. Bushong is wellestablished as a teacher and writer for these groups, and probably isbetter at it than any other physicist. I suspect that few physicianswill find the book very helpful. The information is presented at aconceptual level appropriate for technologists but not for physicianswho must understand the intricacies of the technology and itsapplications more thoroughly. The layout of this book is terrific.The illustrations are numerous and entertaining, and tables and linedrawings are well thought out and clear. Except for one chapter, thereare no references and no list for greater in-depth study is provided.This is a weakness of the bookthat should be remedied in futureeditions. An excellent glossary is provided, and the index is thoroughand handy to use. In my opinion this is the definitive introductorybook on the physics and biology of MRI for student and practicingtechnologists. The book will be less useful for persons such asphysicians and physicists needing a more quantitative knowledge of MRI. The author is a very experienced teacher and writer who has a gift forpresenting complex concepts in a simple and clear manner. One mightrecommend this book to an additional audience not identified by theauthor, namely persons who are contemplating writing a text andwondering how they can make their effort both informative andentertaining. For those persons, Dr. Bushong is recommended as a rolemodel.
From The Critics
Reviewer: William R. Hendee, PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This is the second edition of an introductory text on the fundamentals of MRI. It emphasizes the physical and biological principles of MRI but includes almost 100 pages devoted to MRI anatomy. The book is an extensive revision of the first edition published in 1988.
Purpose: The author states that his objective is to present an overview of the principles of conventional MRI and to help readers develop an understanding of the fast imaging techniques currently available. He sees the volume as part of his continued "efforts to make medical imaging understandable and medical physics fun." Certainly, these are worthy objectives, and in general they are satisfied in this text. The author, Dr. Bushong, is a very experienced writer who presents complex topics in ways they can be understood, and who uses illustrations and anecdotes to make reading his explanations fun.
Audience: The author states that his primary audiences are students, technologists, and physicians. This book addresses the needs of the first two groups very well, assuming that students means student technologists. Dr. Bushong is well established as a teacher and writer for these groups, and probably is better at it than any other physicist. I suspect that few physicians will find the book very helpful. The information is presented at a conceptual level appropriate for technologists but not for physicians who must understand the intricacies of the technology and its applications more thoroughly.
Features: The layout of this book is terrific. The illustrations are numerous and entertaining, and tables and line drawings are well thought out and clear. Except for one chapter, there are no references and no list for greater in-depth study is provided. This is a weakness of the book that should be remedied in future editions. An excellent glossary is provided, and the index is thorough and handy to use.
Assessment: In my opinion this is the definitive introductory book on the physics and biology of MRI for student and practicing technologists. The book will be less useful for persons such as physicians and physicists needing a more quantitative knowledge of MRI. The author is a very experienced teacher and writer who has a gift for presenting complex concepts in a simple and clear manner. One might recommend this book to an additional audience not identified by the author, namely persons who are contemplating writing a text and wondering how they can make their effort both informative and entertaining. For those persons, Dr. Bushong is recommended as a role model.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323014854
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 1,052,400
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Fundamentals

1. An Overview of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

2. Electricity and Magnetism

3. Nuclear Magnetism

4. Equilibrium-Saturation

5. Radiofrequency Pulse Sequences

6. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Parameters

7. How To Measure Relaxation Times

8. Fourier Transforms in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

9. Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Part 2 The Imaging System

10. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Hardware

11. Primary Magnetic Resonance Imaging Magnets

12. Secondary Magnetic Resonance Imaging Magnets

13. The Purchase Decision and Site Selection

Part 3 Image Formation

14. Digital Imaging

15. A Walk Through the Spatial Frequency Domain

16. The Musical Score

17. Magnetic Resonance Images

Part 4 Pulse Sequences

18. Spin Echo Imaging

19. Chemical Shift and Magnetization Transfer

20. Gradient Echo Imaging

21. Faster Imaging Techniques

22. Echo Planar Imaging

Part 5 Applications

23. Magnetic Resonance Angiography

24. Perfusion Imaging

25. Diffusion Imaging

26. Cardiac MR Imaging

Part 6 Safety

27. Contrast Agents and Magnetic Resonance Imaging

28. Magnetic Resonance Artifacts

29. Biologic Effects of Magnetic Resonance Imaging

30. Managing a Magnetic Resonance Imaging System

Appendix A The Bloch Equations
Appendix B Additional Resources
Practice Examinations
Answers to Challenge Questions
Answers to Practice Examinations
Glossary

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