Magnetic Resonance Theory (MRTY5051)


This unit addresses the principles of magnetic resonance imaging including the theory and measurement of magnetic resonance phenomena. Basic principles of MRI are covered including free induction decay, relaxation processes, signal averaging, formation of spin echoes and gradient echoes, imaging in two dimensions, and manipulation of image contrast.

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Online. No on-campus attendance required


2 x 2500 wd reports (90%), Online discussion (10%)


McRobbie, Moore and Graves, MRI from Picture to Proton, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press (2006). Online content "Introductory NMR and MRI" available from

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One of the two main assignments is based on practical exercises via online access to an Earth's field MRI imaging system (Internet access required)

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.