MRI from Picture to Proton presents the basics of MR practice and theory in a unique way: backwards! The subject is approached just as a new MR practitioner would encounter MRI: starting from the images, equipment and scanning protocols, rather than pages of physics theory. The reader is brought face-to-face with issues pertinent to practice immediately, filling in the theoretical background as their experience of scanning grows. Key ideas are introduced in an intuitive manner which is faithful to the underlying physics but avoids the need for difficult or distracting mathematics. Additional explanations for the more technically inquisitive are given in optional secondary text boxes. The new edition is fully up-dated to reflect the most recent advances, and includes a new chapter on parallel imaging. Informal in style and informed in content, written by recognized effective communicators of MR, this is an essential text for the student of MR.
1. MR: what's the attraction?; 2. Early daze: your first week in MR; 3. Seeing is believing: introduction to image contrast; 4. The devil is in the detail: pixels, matrices & slices; 5. What you set is what you get: basic image optimisation; 6. Improving your image: how to avoid artefacts; 7. Spaced out: spatial encoding; 8. Getting in tune: resonance and relaxation; 9. Let's talk technical: MR equipment; 10. But is it safe? Bioeffects; 11. Ghosts in the machine: quality control; 12. Guide to PSJ (pulse sequence jungle); 13. Go with the flow: MR angiography; 14. A heart-to-heart discussion: cardiac MRI; 15. It's not just squiggles: in-vivo spectroscopy; 16. To BOLDly go: new frontiers; 17. The Parallel Universe: parallel imaging and novel acquisition techniques; Appendix. Maths revision; Index.