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Graduate Research And Education Program In Magnetic Resonance Imaging

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.278.1 - 4.278.21

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Robert L. Powell

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Michael J. McCarthy

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Michael H. Buonocore

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Session 1526

Graduate Research and Education Program in Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Michael H. Buonocore, Michael J. McCarthy, Robert L. Powell University of California, Davis


This paper describes the development of a Web site for research and technical education in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This site has been developed with funding from the National Science Foundation, and emphasizes MRI theory, medical and biological engineering applications. This Web site is now actively used by UC Davis graduate students. The graduate students find the entire lectures of each MRI course in digitized form, links to information on the NMR facilities on the campus, and help with administrative and financial aspects of their graduate study program.

I. Introduction

One of the main objections raised by engineering and physical science graduate students planning careers in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was that the typical MRI textbooks did not give them adequate technical details. Discussions of MR physics, MRI system design, and data collection and image generation were typically “watered-down” for casual reading, and were inadequate for preparation for careers in MRI technical research and development. The courses offered on the Web site to be discussed in this paper provide a rigorous technical education in MRI, and MRI is treated as a scientific discipline to be critically studied. MRI is already being regarded as a sub-discipline and professional focus within Engineering, just as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) has reached that stature in Chemistry.

The Web site described in this paper is largely supported by the National Science Foundation Combined Research Curriculum Development (NSF-CRCD) program. The NSF-CRCD Program is a joint initiative of the NSF Directorates in Engineering (ENG) and in Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE). The program supports development of curricula in new emerging technologies, and development of new ways of teaching that utilize the new communication technology. MRI is believed to be an important area of need for general US Industry, in particular Food Science, as well as Medicine. This project is a unique collaboration of Radiology, Biomedical Engineering, Food Science and Technology, and Agricultural and Biological Engineering. It brings together both Medical and Engineering Disciplines. Agricultural and Biological Engineering, as well as Food Science, are particular engineering disciplines where MRI will have major impact. The collaboration with Medical departments brought state-of-the art MRI to these non-medical disciplines.

The Web site1, shown in Figure 1, serves as a repository for technical education in MRI, as an information source on the UC Davis Biomedical Engineering Graduate Program and on

Powell, R. L., & McCarthy, M. J., & Buonocore, M. H. (1999, June), Graduate Research And Education Program In Magnetic Resonance Imaging Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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