FYS4740 – MR-theory and Medical Diagnostics

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.

Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.

Course content

The course introduces the basic principles of magnetic resonance spectroscopy - MRS (part I) and magnetic resonance imaging - MRI (part II). In addition to providing a comprehensive introduction to the theory of MRS and MRI, the course offers hands-on laboratory- and computer simulation exercises with the aim of giving the student a good understanding of central concepts of MRS and MRI with focus on applications in medical diagnostics.

Learning outcome

After finishing the course the student should be able to:

  • understand the basic principles of nuclear magnetic resonance
  • understand how radio frequency pulses can be used to influence nuclear magnetization
  • understand how to apply spatial coding to the NMR-signal
  • formulate the Bloch equation (describing how magnetization is influenced by e.g. relaxation and water diffusion) and solve this under different conditions/assumptions
  • understand the basic principles of MR spectroscopy and for MR image acquisition and reconstruction
  • knowledge of the main contrast mechanisms in MRI in relation to the proton relaxation- and physiological properties of tissues
  • understand relationship between MR sequence parameters and image contrast.
  • apply this theory to simple examples through practical laboratory exercises and computer simulation exercises

Admission to the course

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or equivalent knowledge, as well as knowledge of the programming language Matlab or equivalent.

Overlapping courses


The course extends over 7 weeks with 40 hours of lectures and 30 hours of practical work to be performed at the Department of Chemistry and Oslo University Hospital.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


The assessment will consist of a project assignment (part I), assessment of laboratory assignments (part II), all of which must be approved before any exams and a final oral examination (1 hour).

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: FYS9740 – MR-theory and Medical Diagnostics, FYS-KJM4740 – MR-theory and medical diagnostics (continued), FYS-KJM9740 – MR-theory and medical diagnostics (continued)

Language of examination

The examination text is given in Norwegian. If the course is taught in English, the examination text will only be given in English. You may answer in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Det arrangeres utsatt eksamen i starten av neste semester for studenter som dokumenterer gyldig fravær fra ordinær eksamen.

Det arrangeres ny eksamen for studenter som ikke består ordinær eksamen.

Studenter som trekker seg under eksamen blir ikke tilbudt ny eksamen.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Sep. 26, 2020 11:12:05 AM

Facts about this course


If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.

Teaching language
Norwegian (English on request)