MRI Basic understanding for (Bio)Medical Research


MRI Basic understanding for (Bio)Medical Research

The aim of this course is to help biomedical and clinical researchers improve basic knowledge of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) principles and terminology.


The course runs once a year on four half-day sessions on consecutive weeks. It consists of plenary lectures, theoretical assignments and a group project aimed at practicing how to read MRI related literature.

Scheduled dates

Edition: September 29 and 30, October 3 and 4, 2022 (sessions are onsite in AMC)

Edition: March 23, 24, 27 and 28, 2023 (sessions are onsite in AMC)

Target audience

PhD candidates who are working with MRI.

Study Load

28 hours (including preparation and assignments.


Magnetic Resonance Imaging is an emerging research field allowing non-invasive characterization of soft tissues. A variety of clinically relevant parameters on tissue pathology can be assessed, not only based on anatomical, but also structural (composition) or functional data (e.g. cardiac motion, brain perfusion).


While some researchers are trying to improve existing MRI methods to make them more sensitive or faster, most researchers use the MRI machine as a tool to answer specific biological questions. However, the concepts, as well as pro’s and con’s of the MRI methods being used are difficult to understand without a basic knowledge of these techniques.


PhD students who will most benefit from this course are those who are or will be working with specific MRI techniques and want to gain a more intuitive understanding of the basic principles behind different MRI methods and applications. Also, students will learn about the different factors that affect MRI signals and image quality, allowing a more skeptical view towards results from their research and that of others.


It must be stressed that the focus of the course is NOT on the radiological and/or diagnostic aspect of MRI. Although the course has a more technical focus, we will use intuitive graphical (instead of mathematical) explanations of different aspects of the MRI technique, providing the participants an improved and intuitive understanding of different MRI methods.

Topics covered are:

- The MRI signal, how is it generated and how do we process it?

- T1/T2(*) contrast in MR images

- Basic MRI sequences & “what is this k-space about?”

- What determines signal-to-noise?

- MRI artifacts

- Measurements of Flow and Diffusion

- Quantitative MRI methods

- MR contrast agents

Number of participants

Maximum 25 per course.


To qualify for the certificate, a participant must attend all lectures and complete all assignments satisfactorily. Attendance is registered..

Course Coordinator

Dr. ir. B.F. Coolen

More information

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