Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Basic principles of MRI
This lecture was taken from “Simply Physics”
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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is an imaging technique
used primarily in medical settings to produce high quality
images of the soft tissues of the human body.
It is based on the principles of nuclear magnetic resonance
(NMR), a spectroscopic technique to obtain microscopic
chemical and physical information about molecules
MRI has advanced beyond a tomographic imaging technique to
a volume imaging technique
Tomographic Imaging
 Started out as a tomographic
imaging modality for producing
NMR images of a slice though
the human body.
 Each slice is composed of several
volume elements or voxels.
 The volume of a voxel is 3 mm3.
 The computer image is composed of
several picture elements called
pixels. The intensity of each pixel is
proportional to the NMR signal
Microscopic Principles
 The composition of the human body is primarily
fat and water
 Fat and water have many hydrogen atoms
 63% of human body is hydrogen atoms
 Hydrogen nuclei have an NMR signal
 MRI uses hydrogen because it has only one proton
and it aligns easily with the MRI magnet.
 The hydrogen atom’s proton, possesses a property
called spin
A small magnetic field
Will cause the nucleus to produce an NMR signal
Magnetic Principles
 The spinning hydrogen protons act like small , weak
 They align with an external magnetic field (Bø).
 There is a slight excess of protons aligned with the
field. (for 2 million , 9 excess)
~6 million billion/voxel at 1.5T
 The # of protons that align with the field is so very
large that we can pretty much ignore quantum
mechanics and focus on classical mechanics.
More Magnetic Principles
 The spinning protons wobble or “precess” about
that axis of the external Bø field at the precessional,
Larmor or resonance frequency.
 Magnetic resonance imaging frequency
n = g Bo
where g is the gyromagnetic ratio
The resonance frequency n of a spin is proportional
to the magnetic field, Bo.
More Principles
 Now if an electromagnetic radio frequency (RF)
pulse is applied at the resonance (Larmor,
precession, wobble) frequency, then the protons can
absorb that energy, and (at the quantum level) jump
to a higher energy state.
 At the macro level, the magnetization vector, Mø,
(6 million billion protons) spirals down towards the
XY plane.
Stages in Magnetic Resonance
 Once the RF transmitter is
turned off three things happen
1. The absorbed RF energy is
retransmitted (at the resonance
2. The excited spins begin to
return to the original Mz
orientation. (T1 recovery to
thermal equilibrium).
3. Initially in phase, the excited
protons begin to dephase (T2
and T2* relaxation)
 Once Mz (a magnetization
vector) has been tipped away
from the Z axis, the vector will
continue to precess around the
external Bø field at the
resonance frequency wø. A
rotating magnetic field
produces electromagnetic
radiation. Since wø is in the
radio frequency portion of the
electromagnetic spectrum the
rotating vector is said to give
off RF waves.
 The RF emission is the net result of the Z component (Mz)
of the magnetization recovering back to Mø
 The time course whereby the system returns to thermal
equilibrium, or Mz grows to Mø, is mathematically
described by an exponential curve. This recovery rate is
characterized by the time constant T1, which is unique to
every tissue. This uniqueness in Mz recovery rates is what
enables MRI to differentiate between different types of
Imaging Hardware
Hardware Overview
Gradient Coils
RF Coils
Clinical Images
 Knee
 Spine
 Brain
The End
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A schematic representation of the major
systems on a magnetic resonance imager
The Magnet
 The most expensive component of the
imaging system.
 Most magnets are of the
superconducting type. This is a picture
of a 1.5 Tesla
 A superconducting magnet is an
electromagnet made of
superconducting wire.
 Superconducting wire has a resistance
close to zero when it is cooled to a
zero temperature (-273.15o C or 0 K,
by emersion in liquid helium).
 Once current flows in the coil, it will
continue to flow as long as the coil is
kept at liquid helium temperatures.
Gradient Coils
Gradient Coils Priciples
 These are room temperature coils
 A gradient in Bo in the Z direction is achieved with an antihelmholtz
type of coil.
 Current in the two coils flow in opposite directions creating a
magnetic field gradient between the two coils.
 The B field at one coil adds to the Bo field while the B field at the
center of the other coil subtracts from the Bo field
 The X and Y gradients in the Bo field are created by a pair of figure-8
coils. The X axis figure-8 coils create a gradient in Bo in the X
direction due to the direction of the current through the coils.
 The Y axis figure-8 coils provides a similar gradient in Bo along the Y
RF Coils
R F Coils contd…
 RF coils create the B1 field which rotates the net
magnetization in a pulse sequence.
 RF coils can be divided into three general categories
1) transmit and receive coils
2) receive only coils
3) transmit only coils
The patient's arm was against the wall of a
body coil being operated in a transmit
mode with a surface coil as the receiver.
The burn first appeared as a simple blister
and progressed to a charring that had to be
surgically removed.
A third degree RF burn
Spine in Sagittal Plane
Brain MRI