Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Closing date: 9 August 2019

The aim of this workshop program is to educate students in the principles of MRI, the design of the MRI scanners, and use of contrast to distinguish between abnormal and normal tissue. The focus will be on imaging the brain. A scanner will be used to explore MRI contrast differences between various liquid samples.

It is envisaged that this course will provide a solid foundation in MRI for current PhD students involved with MRI research.


Associate Professor Brad Moffat, Deputy Director of the Melbourne Brain Imaging Capability

Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Unit

Workshop format:

18 hours total

Topics to be covered in a series of one-hour lectures (3 per week) will include:

  • Classical description of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
  • Excitation of the MR signal by resonance
  • Spin relaxation behaviour: T1 and T2 Spectroscopy
  • MR signal detection and processing
  • MR image formation
  • MRI hardware
  • Spin-echoes, gradient-echoes and production of image contrast
  • Understanding MR sequences using K-space
  • Echo-Planar Imaging, artefacts, and MR safety
  • Fast imaging using FLASH, contrast agents
  • Flow and angiography
  • Diffusion- and perfusion-weighted imaging and functional MRI.

Two one-hour tutorials covering multiple choice questions discussed as a group.

Hands-on demonstration of MRI measurements.

Proposed time-frame:

A total of six two-hour lectures on Thursdays from 5:00pm - 7:00pm beginning Thursday, 12 September (break during University non-teaching period).


VCE Units 3 & 4 (or equivalent) in mathematics, physics, or chemistry.

Application Process:

Students must complete this application form and submit it along with their CV to the following email address:

Associate Professor Brad Moffat, Deputy Director of the Melbourne Brain Centre Imaging Capability