Radiation Sciences Programs

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Distance Education

    The following MRI distance education courses provide the information outlined in The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) Examination Content Specifications for MRI. It should be noted that those wishing to sit for the ARRT - MRI examination must have completed the ARRT primary certification in Radiologic Technology, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography or Radiation Therapy Program and the ARRT clinical experience requirements for MRI. The clinical experience requirements may be completed at your place of employment or by enrolling in partnering clinical internships.

    Course Information

    RSCT:4100 Sectional Anatomy for Imaging Sciences (3 sh)

    Instructor: Kelley Kirby (kelley-kirby@uiowa.edu)

    Semesters Offered: Summer, Fall and Spring

    Description: This course is designed to provide the student with anatomy as identifiable in sections. The units will include instruction of transverse, sagittal and coronal views of the central nervous system, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and musculoskeletal system. Anatomical structures will be correlated with CT and MRI images.

    Prerequisite: Human Anatomy 027:053, 060:113, 060:099, or 060:110 027:053, or Radiologic Technology, Nuclear Medicine, Radiation Therapy or Sonography Program anatomy course.

    RSMR:4110 Fundamentals for the MRI Technologist (3 sh)

    Instructor: Kelley Kirby (kelley-kirby@uiowa.edu)

    Semesters Offered: Spring and Summer

    Description: This course is designed to provide knowledge relating to the care-giving skills specific to patients undergoing MRI examinations, including techniques in effectively communicating for safety and comfort, maintaining patient and personnel safety, and patient preparation, monitoring, and venipuncture. The technologist's role in a wide variety of MRI examinations and patient conditions will be discussed.

    Prerequisite: ARRT primary certification in Radiologic Technology, Nuclear Medicine, Sonography or Radiation Therapy Program.

    RSMR:4120 MRI Procedures I (4 sh)

    Instructor: Stephanie Setter (stephanie-setter@uiowa.edu)

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Description: This course will provide the student with imaging techniques related to the CNS and the musculoskeletal systems. Specific clinical applications, coils that are available and their use, considerations in the imaging parameters, specific choices in the protocols and positioning criteria will be included. Anatomical structures and the plane that best demonstrates anatomy will be discussed as well as signal characteristics of normal and abnormal structures.

    Prerequisite: RSCT:4100 or 3 months of MRI experience.

    Corequisite: RSMR:4110 (if not taken as prerequisite) or 3 months of MRI experience

    RSMR:4130 MRI Procedures II (3 sh)

    Instructors: Kelley Kirby (kelley-kirby@uiowa.edu) & Michael Hamarstrom

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Description: This course will provide the student with imaging techniques related to the neck, thorax, breast, abdomen and pelvis. Specific clinical applications, coils that are available and their use, considerations in the imaging parameters, specific choices in the protocols and positioning criteria will be included.

    Prerequisite: RSMR:4120

    RSMR:4140 MRI Acquisition & Principles I (3 sh)

    Instructor: Kelley Kirby (kelley-kirby@uiowa.edu)

    Semester Offered: Fall

    Description: This course will provide the student with the physics and hardware used in obtaining a magnetic resonance signal, including magnetism, NMR signal production, tissue characteristics, spatial localization, pulse sequencing, imaging parameters and options, and special applications. The student will learn skills useful to maximize MR image quality by understanding the fundamentals of MR imaging.

    Corequisite: RSMR:4110 (if not taken as prerequisite) or 3 months of MRI experience.

    RSMR:4150 MRI Acquisition & Principles II (3 sh)

    Instructors: Kelley Kirby (kelley-kirby@uiowa.edu) & Michael Hamarstrom

    Semester Offered: Spring

    Description: This unit provides the student with advanced imaging techniques including MR angiography, and further investigation of fast image acquisition sequences. It also provides an overview of MR magnets, installation, operation, and facility design. Computers and digital image acquisition as this applies to MR will be discussed. Quality assurance procedures will be outlined.

    Prerequisites: RSMR:4140

    RSCT:4110 CT/MRI Pathology (3 sh)

    Instructor: Stephanie Setter (stephanie-setter@uiowa.edu)

    Semesters Offered: Spring

    Description: The Pathology for Advanced Imaging course will focus on common pathological conditions found on CT and MRI images, including protocol appearance variations. The units of CNS, Musculoskeletal, Neck/Thorax and Abdominopelvic pathology will be the areas covered. Common pathologies from each of these body sections will included. Learning will be enhanced by textbook readings, in class discussions and special projects including: Case studies and Power Point Presentations. There will be weekly quizzes as well as a course final exam.

    Corequisite: RSCT:4100 (if not taken as a prerequisite) or 3 months of MRI experience.