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This updated edition provides a bridge between the theory of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and its implementation in commercial scanners. MRI: Basic Principles and Applications. Second Edition integrates a clear discussion of the basic physics of MRI, including resonance absorption, relaxation, and pulse sequences, with an overview of the guiding principles of its clinical application (such as motion artifact reduction and fat suppression techniques). With over 80 images and numerous line drawings illustrating and clarifying key concepts and applications, MRI: Basic Principles and Applications. Second Edition remains an essential introductory text for radiologists, technologists, and radiology residents.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: William R. Hendee, PhD (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Description: This is the third edition of an introduction to the research, technology, and clinical applications of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) that has become standard reading material for radiology residents. The second edition was published in 1999 and the first edition in 1995.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide readers with the knowledge of the tools needed to assess various MRI modalities and to understand and apply the contrast mechanisms inherent in any of the modalities. This information is an essential ingredient in the education of any radiologist. The book meets its objectives very well.
Audience: The primary audience for this book is radiology residents and the book has become standard for residents in training programs across the nation. However, it serves well as an introductory book for anyone wishing to learn about MRI. Certainly, the authors are recognized authors in the field.
Features: The book provides an introduction to the science and technology of magnetic resonance imaging, enabling in-depth assessment of contrast enhancement mechanisms. A final chapter on clinical applications is reinforced by clinical images throughout the book. The authors write well and have chosen their examples very well.
Assessment: This book is a very well written book and has wonderful illustrations of technical principles, many of which are clinical images. New editions every four years might seem to be excessively frequent, but the field of magnetic resonance imaging is changing quickly, both technically and clinically.
Amy Herlihy
This book discusses the basics of MRI, pulse sequences, and hardware requirements. The purpose is to give the reader a basic overview of MR physics, imaging techniques, and hardware. Targeted at a broad audience, the authors present the ideas clearly, avoiding the more difficult math and physics aspects. This book would be ideally suited to technicians and radiologists who are new to MRI and to radiology residents. I would recommend this to MRI graduate students as a first-semester reading. Although nicely presented, this book is short on some figures. It could use a graphical explanation of gradient echoes, sequence timing, and gradient lobe usage. MR images are not always easy to reproduce, but some figures could be drastically improved. The demonstration of wrap-around (or frequency undersampling) could be better. The abundance of pulse sequence diagrams is quite useful. Given the speed at which the field of MRI evolves, up-to-date information is important. This book does a nice job of discussing the major points of MRI, presenting current imaging techniques and hardware considerations. Although there are several such books out, this is a simple, easily readable book that covers all aspects of MRI, from the basic physics, to specific pulse sequences, to hardware requirements.
Acta Radiologica
...a nice introduction to this field. For anyone thinking of buying a book about basic MR imaging, why not buy this one?
Presents the core concepts of magnetic resonance imaging for clinicians and technologists who might not have an extensive background in physics. Discusses basic physics of MRI, the hardware used in MRI systems, and the issues involved in developing imaging protocols, and gives an overview of the guiding principles for the clinical application of MRI. Topics include: pulse sequences, artifacts, fat suppression techniques, MR angiography, and contrast agents. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
From the Publisher
"...a useful tool for those engaged in the technical aspects of MRI...a practical basic guide for general radiologists, technologists and their students." (The International MS Journal, September 2004)

"...successful in transferring key ideas in an undaunting and progressive manner...thoroughly deserves a place on the bookshelf..." (NMR in Biomedicine, Vol 17(4), June 2004)

"…it will reward the reader with an understanding of the principles underpinning nuclear magnetic resonance." (Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine, May 2003)

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471433101
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2003
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.31 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark A. Brown, PhD, is Senior Technical Instructor at Siemens Medical Solutions Training and Development Center and also holds an adjunct research professorship in the Department of Radiology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine. His research interests include relaxation and exchange phenomena and in vivo nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging.

Richard Semelka, MD, is Director of Magnetic Resonance Services, Professor, and Vice Chairman of Radiology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Medical School. He received his medical degree and residency training in radiology in his native Canada at the University of Manitoba, and completed a clinical research fellowship in MRI of the body at the University of California at San Francisco. Dr. Semelka has authored over 150 peer-reviewed articles, 4 textbooks, and is an internationally acclaimed authority in the field.

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Third Edition
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
1 Production of Net Magnetization 1
2 Concepts of Magnetic Resonance 11
3 Relaxation 21
4 Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging - Part 1 33
5 Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging - Part 2 49
6 Pulse Sequences 67
7 Measurement Parameters and Image Contrast 93
8 Additional Sequence Modifications 103
9 Artifacts 113
10 Motion Artifact Reduction Techniques 141
11 Magnetic Resonance Angiography 151
12 Advanced Imaging Applications 165
13 Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy 181
14 Instrumentation 197
15 Contrast Agents 213
16 Clinical Applications 223
17 References and Suggested Readings 247
Index 251
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