Principles of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Robert P. Payne, Manojkumar Saranathan, Shreyas Vasanawala, Linda Dairiki Shortliffe

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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is rapidly becoming the imaging modality of choice for children. It provides high-quality anatomic, spatial, functional, and physiologic information of the kidneys and urinary tract equal and often better than other advanced imaging techniques without ionizing radiation exposure. Contrast agents allow quantitative modeling for obtaining renal and urinary collecting system quantitative functional measures important for management decision analyses in pediatric urology. In this chapter, we discuss basic principles of nuclear magnetic resonance and spectroscopy as they relate to patient preparation, image acquisition and processing, and clinical indications. Understanding these factors allows practitioners to optimize image formation of magnetic resonance urography (MRU) and better interpret static and dynamic magnetic resonance urography.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric and Adolescent Urologic Imaging
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)9781461486541
ISBN (Print)146148653X, 9781461486534
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology


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