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In the Beginning: Generating, Detecting, and Manipulating the MR (NMR) Signal.- Laying the Foundation: Nuclear Magnetism, Spin, and the NMR Phenomenon.- Rocking the Boat: Resonance, Excitation, and Relaxation.- Relaxation: What Happens Next?.- Image Contrast: T1, T2, T2*, and Proton Density.- Hardware, Especially Gradient Magnetic Fields.- User Friendly: Localizing and Optimizing the MRI Signal for Imaging.- Spatial Localization: Creating an Image.- Defining Image Size and Spatial Resolution.- Putting It All Together: An Introduction to Pulse Sequences.- Understanding, Assessing, and Maximizing Image Quality.- Artifacts: When Things Go Wrong, It's Not Necessarily All Bad.- Safety: First, Do No Harm.- To the Limit: Advanced MRI Applications.- Preparatory Modules: Saturation Techniques.- Readout Modules: Fast Imaging.- Volumetric Imaging: The Three-dimensional Fourier Transform.- Parallel Imaging: Acceleration with SENSE and SMASH.- Flow and Angiography: Artifacts and Imaging of Coherent Motion.- Diffusion: Detection of Microscopic Motion.- Understanding and Exploiting Magnetic Susceptibility.- Spectroscopy and Spectroscopic Imaging: In Vivo Chemical Assays by Exploiting the Chemical Shift.


From the reviews: "This book presents a nonmathematical introduction to magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), covering all major topics ! . The author, an expert in body MRI, has covered the major topics that are relevant for residents, physicians, students, and technologists. ! Overall, this is a good introduction that will be useful for people entering the MRI field; the nonmathematical derivations can be grasped easily. The step-by-step pulse sequence breakdown is useful and interested readers will be able to seek the further information without any difficulty." (Michael A. Jacobs, Doody's Review Service, September, 2008) "Totally Accessible MRI provides an introduction to the principles of magnetic resonance (MR) imaging physics and practical use of MR imaging technology. ! It will probably be most useful to residents beginning their MR rotations particularly those with an interest in neuroradiology. It also provides a concise review for my one interested in a deeper understanding of MR imaging and it is likely that even expert users will pick up a few pearls along the way." (James F. Glockner, Radiology, Vol. 255 (2), May, 2010)

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