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By Alfred L. Horowitz

While this booklet used to be before everything released 3 years in the past, it used to be my objective to delineate the foundations of magnetic resonance imaging in a layout which may be understood with no subtle physics or arithmetic again­ floor. that continues to be my aim. despite the fact that, for the time being, it has develop into transparent to me that many magnetic resonance strategies that we now repeatedly use are inadequately understood by way of many folks. for this reason, i've got re-structured and improved the e-book within the following means. There are actually 3 major sections: of the sections one and take care of the distinction and spatial features picture, as they did within the unique textual content; and an extra part offers with a variety of peripheral yet major magnetic resonance subject matters. Sections one and nonetheless give you the "meat" of the fabric during the guise of the spin-echo pulse series; yet part 3 is going past by way of explaining different pulse cycles and units which are primary in cutting-edge imaging facilities. firstly, due to the fact speedy scanning has now turn into a normal tech­ nique, that bankruptcy has been considerably accelerated, and now contains a entire yet non-mathematical rationalization of what a gradient echo is and the way quickly test pictures range in precept from spin-echo photographs. additionally, the functions of 3DFT and "half-Fourier" imaging are graphically lined with no mathematical intervention.

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Therefore, it may be more appropriate to use the terms "spin density", "balanced" or "intermediate" scans. So we arrive at yet another definition: To produce a balanced or spm denSity unage, we use a long TR to eliminate the effect of Tl and a short TE to eliminate the effect of 1'2 39 In geneml, a TR greater than 1500 ms , and a TE greater than 40 ms are considered long. Usually, one finds Tl weighted images acquired with TR approximately 500 ms and TE approximately 20 ms; 1'2 weighted images with TR approximately 2000 ms and TE approximately 80 ms; and balanced images with TR approximately 2000 and TE approximately 20.

Hence, each tissue has its own TI and T2 constants. We will now study TI in greater depth. However, we will have to wait until chapter 6 to really understand the nature of T2, since it depends on equipment parameters, which we will not discuss in this chapter. • These will be more precisely defined in chapter 5. 32 Tl CURVES T1 relaxation curves are graphs that show the strength of the Mz vector as a function of time from the moment that the RF pulse is terminated. This means that the magnitude of the Mz vector is plotted vertically, and time is plotted horizontally.

In order for it to do that, its frequency must equal that of the rotating plane, which is, of course, the Larmor frequency for the main magnetic field. z z z FIG. 6a- ROTATING FRAME OF REFERENCE- 2 PRECESSION COMPONENTS The dark arrows are the M vector, and the dashed arrows are the RF pulse vector. As the plane rotates around the z axis, M rotates around the RF pulse vector- 2 precessions at right angles to each other. In image (a), the plane faces us en/ace and the M vector is at 0°. In image (b), the plane has rotated clockwise about 45°, and M has rotated downward about 45°.

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