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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Short)

The Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Short) Program is designed to prepare the students for the duties and the responsibilities of an entry-level MRI technologist. WCUI accomplishes this objective by combining classroom instruction with laboratory hands-on training. Each student also completes a clinical externship at a hospital or imaging facility. This program is geared toward a technologist who currently has their ARRT(R) in radiography who would like formal education to help them become eligible for the Advanced-Level Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MR) examination through ARRT.

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Clock Hours: 720 | Quarter Credit Units: 38 | 9 Months
Credential Awarded: Diploma

Module I – MRI Physics

In this module, the quantum and classical physics concepts of MRI are discussed including tissue magnetization and vector characteristics. Pulse sequences, parameters, and protocols will be taught in addition to applications, image quality, trade-offs artifacts, and spatial localization. The class also focuses on the safety concerns and bio-effects of the magnetic field, gradient fields, and RF fields used in MR imaging. Weekly hands-on laboratory training on actual MR scanners emphasizing classroom discussion is also part of this course.

Module II – MRI Sectional Anatomy

This module consists of detailed presentation of the different body structures and systems from a cross-sectional point of view, as well as basic anatomy with some physiology. The course focuses on discussions, visualization, and demonstration of images in different contrasts in the axial, sagittal, coronal, and oblique planes. Weekly hands-on lab training on MR scanners is also included, highlighting scanning of the anatomical structure studied in the classroom.


Clock Hours: 240
Quarter Credit Units: 8


This module involves the direct interaction of the student within a specific medical environment. The student is assigned to a hospital, imaging center, clinic, or other environment in which MRI is performed on a regular basis on patients needing care.

Program Objectives

Graduates of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging program will:

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to the field of magnetic resonance imaging.
  2. Demonstrate entry level clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the care of patients undergoing magnetic resonance imaging procedures.
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to ethics and professionalism.

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