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Course module: BMB503117
RF in MRI TU/Eindhoven
Course info
Course codeBMB503117
ECTS Credits2.5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Medicine; Graduate School of Life Sciences; Medical Imaging;
Contact personR.M. Allebrandi
Telephone+31 88 7569652
Contactperson for the course
R.M. Allebrandi
Other courses by this lecturer
Teaching period
MASTER  (20/08/2018 to 17/08/2019)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
Remark4 Feb -19 April 2019. This course is given at the TU Eindhoven. Please register there with course code 8DM30!
Course application processadministratie onderwijsinstituut
Enrolling through OSIRISNo
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesNo
Waiting listNo
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After completing the course the student will have profound understanding of:
  1. RF circuit technology (e.g. transmission lines, Smith Chart, impedance matching)
  2. RF coils and antennas in MRI (e.g. birdcage coils, loop coils and dipole antennas)
  3. RF fields in MRI (B1+ field, B1- field, E-field and the forthcoming SAR distribution)
  4. How these fields translate into MRI performance metrics (e.g. SNR, noise correlation, optimal reconstruction, g-factor distribution)
Period (from – till): 4 February 2019 - 19 April 2019
Course coordinator:
Renée Allebrandi, MA (course registration)

Course description:

The course will cover all aspects of RF in MRI. The course can be divided in four parts:
To generate RF fields with a RF coil or antenna, the coil or antenna needs to be driven with high power (~kw) RF signals. In the receive phase of the MRI sequence, the spins in the tissue will emit signals that will be detected by the RF coil. The coil will transform these signals into electrical RF signals and sent them to the ADC. The course will give an in-depth treatment of the generation and transportation of these signals. For this purpose, the following concepts will be covered: impedance calculations, RF amplifier classes, transmission lines, Smith Chart, scatter matrices, transmit-receive switches. (2 lectures)
The second part focuses at the coil or antenna. The most-often used types will be covered (loop coil, birdcage coil, dipole antenna and arrays). (1 lecture)
The third part will focus at the fields that are generated by the coil or antenna. The B1 field consists of B1+ en B1-, one only useful for the transmit phase, the other only useful for the receive phase of the MRI sequence. In addition, every coil or antenna also generates (or is sensitive for) electrical fields. These are responsible for energy deposition (SAR) and, in receive, noise. (2 lectures)
The third and last part will cover how relevant metrics of MRI performance can be calculated from (for example simulated) field distributions of RF antenna arrays, such as SNR, noise correlation, optimal reconstructions and g-factor distributions. (2 lectures)
Literature/study material used:
Lecture slides and exercises

Please register at TU/e, course code 8DM30, at least 4 weeks before start of the course. Osiris registration will be done retroactively when results from the TU/e are received.

Optional for students in other GSLS Master’s programme:
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Enrolled for a degree programme of faculty Faculty of Medicine
Required materials
Instructional formats

Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

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