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MIMG 7200 - Fundamentals of MRI

Medical Imaging Part-time Studies Course

School of Health Sciences

Course Details

Fundamentals of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, is an on line course that introduces students to the basic concepts in MRI. This course has nine modules that covers the physical principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. The course starts with a historical overview of the development of MRI. It then introduces basic mathematical concepts used in MR. The course introduces the basic principles of MRI and goes on to cover them in greater detail in the modules that follow. These include image weighting and contrast, special encoding and image formation, parameters and pulse sequences, instrumentation and equipment; and finally it introduces MRI safety, which is covered in more detail in a later course. This course is mandatory for all students before they can proceed further in the MRI program.





Winter 2020

Below is one offering of this course for the Winter 2020 term.

CRN 19310

Mon Jan 06 - Fri Mar 27 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Jan 06 - Mar 27 Distance


Junaid Lalani

Course Outline




  1. Guided learning format.
  2. Departmental approval needed
  3. This is an online course. Access is through or Department approval required to register. Students must contact the BCIT Bookstore to purchase the associated print-based course textbooks.
  4. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

This course offering is in progress and full. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

In Progress and Full

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, the student will be able to:

  • Outline relevant historical events leading to magnetic resonance imaging.
  • Apply the concepts of electricity and magnetism to the MR imaging process.
  • Apply the concepts of classical mechanics in explaining how MRI works.
  • Outline the events leading to the origin of the MR signal emanating from the patient.
  • Compare and contrast three principle characteristics of tissues (proton density, T1 and T2 relaxation times).
  • Explain how relaxation times T1 and T2 are measured.
  • Develop a general overview of the MR imaging process.
  • Outline the characteristic features of three major components (gantry, operating console, and the computer) of an MRI scanner as well as the subsystems of each of these components.
  • Outline the concepts of the digital image processing relevant to MR imaging.
  • Outline the characteristics of the spatial frequency domain and discuss the role of the Fourier Transform (FT) in MRI.
  • Outline the encoding of spatial characteristics of the MR Image.
  • Discuss the major factors affecting image quality characteristics of the MR Image.
  • Assess the biologic effects and physical hazards of three energy fields operating in MRI.
  • Outline the major recommendations for the safe use of MRI in medicine.
  • Outline various MRI system management considerations relating to MRI safety.

Effective as of Winter 2016

Related Programs

MIMG 7200 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Health Sciences

  1. Bachelor of Health Science (Magnetic Resonance Imaging Option)
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Bachelor of Health Science
  2. Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    Part-time/Distance & Online Learning   Advanced Certificate


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