MRI Curriculum

Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Note: this information is current as of fall 2019, 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 PAMR120)

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

PAMR120 – MRI Anatomy & Pathology (taken concurrently with PCMR121)

This course will introduce students to the fundamental principles of common MRI pathologies and associated anatomy. Students will therefore be introduced to relational anatomy in corporation with MRI images. Students will gain the ability to identify and recognize common MRI pathologies as well as main anatomical structures in all three imaging planes (sagittal, coronal and axial) and various weightings. This will help students recognize the importance of neighboring anatomy/structures to ensure proper scanning coverage of the pertinent pathology in an MR exam. The PAMR course is divided into anatomical regions of study: central nervous system (CNS), thorax, abdomen, male pelvis, female pelvis, musculoskeletal system.

Pre-requisite: Successful completion of PHMR110

APMR130 – MRI Cross Sectional Anatomy & Physiology (taken concurrently with MRMR130)

This course will introduce learners to the fundamental principles of anatomy and physiology from an MR perspective. Learners will gain the ability to identify structures in all three imaging planes, sagittal, coronal and axial, and to recognize the importance of neighboring anatomy/structure to ensure appropriate scanning coverage in an MR exam.

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

MRMR130 – Methodology with Pathology I (taken concurrently with APMR130)

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 PAMR120

MRMR242 – Methodology with Pathology 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, PAMR120, APMR130, 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