FYS9740 – MR-theory and Medical Diagnostics

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 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

PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.

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: FYS4740 – MR-theory and Medical Diagnostics, FYS-KJM9740 – MR-theory and medical diagnostics (continued), FYS-KJM4740 – MR-theory and medical diagnostics (continued)

Language of examination

Subjects taught in English will only offer the exam paper in English.

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed exam at the beginning of the next semester.

New examinations are offered at the beginning of the next semester for students who do not successfully complete the exam during the previous semester.

We do not offer a re-scheduled exam for students who withdraw during the exam.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

See more about examinations at UiO

Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Nov. 24, 2020 3:12:32 PM

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)