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HL2011 Magnetic Resonance Imaging 4.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus HL2011 (Spring 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

After successful completion of the course the students should be able to

  • describe in detail the mechanisms of nuclear magnetic resonance and explain how it can be used to form the basis for the MRI signal.
  • explain the imaging process of MRI, from spin excitation to slice selection to phase and frequency encoding.
  • design and draw sequence diagrams to achieve a given imaging scheme.
  • compute gradient amplitudes and times for a given sampling of k-space.
  • describe which basic image artifacts that are associated with MRI and, if possible, how they can be avoided when designing imaging sequences.
  • select a basic imaging sequence and compute adequate parameters to achieve a desired contrast between tissues of given material parameters.

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to provide the students with a thorough understanding of the underlying physics and principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Topics include nuclear magnetic resonance, image formation, sources of contrast, sources of noise and artifacts, instrumentation and clinical aspects.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Physics, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science or equivalent. Basic knowledge of anatomy.

Recommended prerequisites

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Principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: A Signal Processing Perspective, Liang, Z.-P. and Lauterbur, P.C.

A limited number of copies of the book are available for loan (1000:- deposit required).

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • ANN1 - Assignment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

Passed written exam (TEN1; 3 cr.) grading A-F.
Passed lab/home work (ANN1; 1.5 cr.) grading P/F.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web HL2011

Offered by

CBH/Biomedical Engineering and Health Systems

Main field of study

Electrical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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