Introduction to the basics of magnetic resonance imaging

Klaus Möllenhoff, Ana Maria Oros-Peusquens, N. Jon Shah

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The main goal of this chapter is to give a brief introduction in magnetic resonance imaging physics. First a historical introduction about the discovery of the nuclear magnetic resonance effect and its way into daily clinical routine is given. Today, MRI is a widely used imaging technology. Besides its noninvasiveness, its humongous ability to generate different contrasts in soft tissues gives rise to the increasing importance in diagnosis of different diseases. In addition to its ability to provide high-resolution anatomical images it is also possible to directly obtain molecular information. To understand the principles of molecular imaging it is important to get a basic overview about magnetic resonance and imaging principles. This overview is followed by a description of main hardware components and safety-related topics and an introduction into possible accessible molecular information.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMolecular Imaging in the Clinical Neurosciences
EditorsGerhard Gründer
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherSpringer Science + Business Media
Number of pages24
ISBN (Print)9781617799884
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0893-2336
ISSN (Electronic)1940-6045


  • Artefacts
  • Echoes
  • Hardware
  • Imaging principles
  • MR safety
  • MRI
  • NMR
  • Spatial encoding

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