MRI Curriculum

Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Note: this information is current as of fall 2020, and is subject to change

For all courses, students are expected to actively participate in both asynchronous and synchronous activities on a weekly basis. For didactic courses, these activities primarily take place in an online environment. The type of activities can vary depending on the individual course; please refer to the individual course descriptions for more information.

PHMR110 – Physics of MRI

This course provides an introduction to system hardware, software, and general applications. Requisite academic knowledge in MRI physics, system components, pulse sequences, image formation, and the relationship between MR parameters and tissue weighting is fully presented. Image analysis including recognition of artifacts, image interpretation, and imaging options will also be presented.

PCMR121 – MRI Patient Care and Professionalism (taken concurrently with MRAP120)

This course focuses on aspects of patient care, safety and patient preparation as they relate to the magnetic resonance imaging environment. Students will learn about bio-effects of MRI, contrast preparation, contrast injection, IV maintenance, drug reactions, aseptic techniques, emergency procedures, and ethical practices related to the profession.

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of PHMR110

MRAP120 – MRI Anatomy and Pathology I (taken concurrently with PCMR121)

This course will introduce learners to the fundamental principles of anatomy, physiology and common pathologies from an MRI perspective. Learners will gain the ability to identify structures in all three imaging planes, sagittal, coronal and axial. Learners will learn to recognize the importance of neighboring anatomy/structure to ensure appropriate scanning coverage in an MRI exam. Students will gain the ability to identify and recognize common MRI pathologies. This course is divided into anatomical regions of study: neurology systems, thorax, abdomen, male pelvis, female pelvis and musculoskeletal system.

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of PHMR110

MRAP130 – MRI Anatomy and Pathology II (taken concurrently with MRMR130)

This course will introduce learners to the fundamental principles of anatomy, physiology and common pathologies from an MRI perspective. Learners will gain the ability to identify structures in all three imaging planes, sagittal, coronal and axial. Learners will learn to recognize the importance of neighboring anatomy/structure to ensure appropriate scanning coverage in an MRI exam. Students will gain the ability to identify and recognize common MRI pathologies. This course is divided into anatomical regions of study: neurology systems, thorax, abdomen, male pelvis, female pelvis and musculoskeletal system.

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of PHMR110, PCMR121, and MRAP120

MRMR130 – Methodology and Procedures I (taken concurrently with MRAP130)

This is this first of two courses in Methodology with Pathology which are divided by body system. Both courses prepare students for imaging procedures including protocols, image quality and parameter manipulation, as well as pathologies demonstrated. Students will learn the theory of RF coil and pulse sequence selection, optimization of sequences for various patient and pathologic circumstances and theories advanced imaging techniques. The body systems covered in this course include common pathologies and anomalies of the head, neck, spine and musculoskeletal system, imaging procedures of the head and neck, spine and musculoskeletal system and advanced imaging procedures for diffusion tensor imaging, functional MRI, interventional procedures, molecular imaging, MR microscopy, perfusion imaging and spectroscopy

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of PHMR110, PCMR121, and MRAP120

MRMR242 – Methodology and Procedures II

This is the second of two courses in Methodology and Pathology are divided by body system. Both courses prepare students for imaging procedures including protocols, image quality and parameter manipulation, as well as pathologies demonstrated. As in MRMR130, students will continue to build their skills in the theory of RF coil and pulse sequence selection, optimization of sequences for various patient and pathologic circumstances, and theories advanced imaging techniques. The body systems covered in this course include common pathologies and anomalies of the abdomen, female pelvis, male pelvis, breast, thorax and head, imaging procedures of the head and neck (cont’d from MRMR130), musculoskeletal system (cont’d from MRMR130), Thorax, Pelvis and Abdomen, and advanced imaging procedures for the cardiac system, lung and MR guided focused ultrasound treatment

One laboratory session at an MRI site will be scheduled. For those students living within 100 km of Michener, attendance is required at the Toronto laboratory sessions. For those students living at a distance greater than 100 km of Michener, arrangements may be made to perform these lab sessions at an affiliated MR site nearer to the student.

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of PHMR110, PCMR121, MRAP120, MRAP130, and MRMR130

CLMR251 – Clinical Practicum

This course is designed to offer the student the opportunity to apply the acquired didactic knowledge learned during the theoretical portion of the MRI program. The student will successfully demonstrate and perform a variety of MRI procedures. Students are required to attend the first week at the Michener Institute campus for clinical readiness, during which students will be prepared for clinical by reviewing MRI physics, methodology, anatomy, and patient care. Clinical readiness, including a simulation lab will be held at The Michener the first week of the start of the semester. Clinical practicum commences the week after, at each individual clinical sites.

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of PHMR110, PCMR121, PAMR120, APMR130, MRMR130, and MRMR242