School of MRI

eLearning ADVANCED:
Practical MR physics for clinicians, biologists, MR radiographers and MR technologists

September 7, September 14, September 21, September 28
October 19, October 26

17:00 – 18:00 (CET)

The eLearning Advanced courses are divided into 6 different modules each 60 minutes long, starting in September and lasting until October.

Course Organiser
Claudia Lenz, Basle/CH

Online live courses (6 modules)

Confirmation of Attendance

To receive the confirmation of attendance participants have to join a minimum of 3 modules out of 6

All modules will be recorded and recordings will be provided to registered participants for 4 weeks.

Registration Fees
  Early Fee (until July 31)
Late Fee (from August 1)
Non-Member 200.00 € 230.00 €
Junior/Radiographer Non-Member 100.00 € 130.00 €
ESR Member* 150.00 € 180.00 €
ESR Junior/Radiographer Member* 80.00 € 110.00 €
ESMRMB Regular Member 100.00 € 130.00 €
ESMRMB Junior/Radiographer Member 50.00 € 80.00 €

* requires to provide a proof of membership and status

ESMRMB Members can benefit from the discounted member rates. Please ensure to be an active ESMRMB member with your membership fee for 2021 paid and your membership status being active. If your membership is pending some documents/proofs for activation might be missing.

If you would like to register, please use the online registration form. For questions please contact us using

Registration Deadline
Online registration will close on September 6, 2021, 20:00 CET.

Link to Online Course
The link to join will be send to you automatically (shortly) before the course.

Terms and Conditions
Terms & Conditions 2021

ISMRM endorsed
This educational event is endorsed by ISMRM – International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine

Target Group

Clinicians, biologists, MR radiographers and MR technologists with little physical and mathematical background.


You are not a physicist or a biomedical engineer, but you have already heard about spins and k-space and you know the basics about relaxation times. However, the more you know the more aspects come up that would be useful for your daily MRI practice. ESMRMB therefore offers you an advanced course on practical MR physics for clinicians, biologists and technicians that helps you deepening your basic knowledge and prepares you for facing problems, questions and pitfalls in your daily MRI routine and research.

The eLearning course consists of 6 modules of 60 minutes which take place once a week and a self-assessment test. Thus, the course extends over a period of 7 weeks. Each module consists of a presentation in form of a live lecture given by experienced teachers and additionally offers the possibility of direct interaction with the speaker with question/answer time at the end of each module. The presentations can be followed from home, work or even while commuting on any computer with internet access.

The advanced course on practical MR physics is particularly aimed at clinicians (e.g. residents in radiology), biologists or technicians who work with MRI or have an interest in using MRI for research. Participants do not necessarily need extensive experience in MR techniques and MR physics, however the previous attendance of the Basic Course is highly recommended.


Attendance at the advanced course on practical MR physics will enable you to

  • enhance the understanding of signal and contrast generation in MR image
  • use basic and advanced MR sequences for your clinical questions and avoid pitfalls
  • assess and enhance image quality by optimizing sequence and imaging parameters
  • understand advanced MRI techniques such as diffusion imaging, perfusion sequences, functional MRI and spectroscopy
  • ensure safe application of MRI by knowing and assessing advanced safety risks
Learning Objectives

Repetition: the physical basis of nuclear magnetic resonance
Francesco Santini, Basle/CH

  • Medical MRI/MRS vs. high resolution NMR
  • The NMR effect: classical and quantum mechanics description
  • Gyromagnetic ratio, Larmor equation, resonance
  • Different nuclei, sensitivity
  • Magnetic field
  • RF field: pulses, rotating frame
  • Free induction decay, Fourier transform
  • Magnetic field variations: chemical shift vs. gradients
  • Spin echoes
  • Relaxation, T1, T2 and contrast

Repetition image formation & advanced reconstruction techniques
Sebastian Kozerke, Zurich/CH

  • Magnetic field gradients
  • Frequency encoding / phase encoding
  • Image reconstruction
  • Sampling techniques
  • Parallel imaging
  • Compressed sensing

Repetition basic clinical sequences, tissue contrast and image quality & practical image optimization
Jochen Leupold, Freiburg/DE

  • Spin echo vs. gradient echo imaging
  • Tissue contrast
    • Relaxation times T1 and T2
    • TE, TR and flip angle
    • Additional modifications of image contrast
  • Image quality
    • Signal-to-noise ratio (SNR)
    • FOV / matrix
    • Adjusting (readout) bandwidth

More clinical sequences and introduction to quantitative imaging
Francesco Santini, Basle/CH

  • Repetition fat suppression techniques
  • More inversion recovery sequences (FLAIR, dark blood)
  • Susceptibility weighted imaging
  • Flow sensitive sequences
  • Quantitative T1 and T2 mapping
  • More examples and organs of interest for quantitative imaging

Advanced sequences & applications
Cornelius Faber, Münster/DE

  • Diffusion
  • Perfusion
  • Functional MRI
  • Spectroscopy (MRS)

Advanced safety issues
Jacques Felblinger, Nancy/FR

  • Repetition of hardware and basic safety issues
  • Patient / healthy subject safety
    • Passive / active external / implanted devices
    • How to test MR compatibility
  • Worker safety
    • European directive to national regulations
    • How to deal with these regulations
    • New jobs and responsibilities

ESOR (European School of Radiology)

ESMRMB is happy to announce its collaboration with the European School of Radiology (ESOR) – an institution, fulfilling the mission of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) in the field of education. One of its main goals is to assist in harmonising radiological education in Europe. With its wide range of activities ESOR additionally aims to raise standards in the field of scientific radiology, to extend and coordinate teaching resources worldwide and to help young radiologists to achieve the knowledge and skills to fulfil tomorrow’s requirements.