An Introduction to MRI for Medical Physicists and Engineers

An Introduction to MRI for Medical Physicists and Engineers

Author:  Anthony Wolbarst and Nathan Yanasak
ISBN:  9781930524200
Published:  June 2019 | 318 pp | Hardcover

Price:   $ 96.00      List Price 120.00



Sample Chapter 1 [pdf format]

This introduction to the science and technology of MRI has been written at the beginning graduate level primarily for professional medical physicists and engineers in training. Others, such as physicians with physical science backgrounds, may well also find it to be of interest.

From Devon Godfrey in Medical Physics International…

"The authors manage to successfully take the reader on a journey from the discovery and fundamentals of NMR all the way to novel k-space sampling and advanced MR imaging sequences—and their underlying molecular physics—in a manner that is quite thorough, yet should be approachable even to a reader with limited prior MRI knowledge. I believe this will be an excellent source for graduate students and professionals alike, and intend to incorporate it into my own teaching."

From Andrew Maidment in Medical Physics…
"As with all of Wolbarst’s books, the figures are of high quality, and I am sure they will find their way into many PowerPoint presentations in the future."

This book will help readers understand not just the basics of MRI, but how recent variations on its original implementation have produced the many alternative interpretations of data that have made MRI such a powerful diagnostic tool.

Several more advanced topics—like Fourier analysis, k-space, and statistical distributions—are introduced as they are needed.

This book is also available in eBook, ISBN #9781930524583

About the Authors

Anthony B. Wolbarst, with a Ph.D. in solid state physics from Dartmouth, has held teaching and research positions at Harvard Medical School and the National Cancer Institute, and has served as a scientific manager at the US EPA. He is founding co-editor (with Bill Hendee) of the biennial series of reviews Advances in Medical Physics, and has written or edited a dozen books, including Physics of Radiology. He and his wife, Ling, live on a farm in the gorgeous Bluegrass hills of central Kentucky.

Nathan Yanasak earned a Ph.D. in cosmic-ray astrophysics from the University of Utah and held a post-doc at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab and at Caltech. He is an Assistant Professor and MR Scientist in the Department of Radiology and Imaging at Augusta University (formerly the Medical College of Georgia) and Director of its Resident Medical Physics course. He has published in space science, MR physics, animal imaging, and psychology, and he holds a handful of patents. He and his wife, Wendy, reside in the most rural county in Georgia (pop. 1628), where the stars shine brightly forever.