MRI from Picture to Proton

‘Finally there is a book that deals with all aspects of MR practice and theory in a format that will encourage those who are new to this area that they are not out of their depth.’

The British Journal of Radiology

MR is a powerful modality. At its most advanced, it can be used not just to image anatomy and pathology, but to investigate organ function, to probe in vivo chemistry, and even to visualise the brain thinking. However, clinicians, technologists and scientists struggle with the study of the subject. The result is sometimes an obscurity of understanding, or a dilution of scientific truth, resulting in misconceptions. This is why MRI from Picture to Proton has achieved its reputation for practical clarity. MR is introduced as a tool, with coverage starting from the images, equipment and scanning protocols and traced back towards the underlying physics theory. With new content on quantitative MRI, MR safety, multi-band excitation, Dixon imaging, MR elastography and advanced pulse sequences, and with additional supportive materials to become available on the book’s website, this new edition is completely revised and updated to reflect the best use of modern MR technology.

  • Includes break-out boxes explaining the clinical context
  • Provides guidance and ideas for imaging experiments to try
  • Offers sections with advanced content for extending your study

Read more here.

Reviews of first edition

‘I am sure that especially radiologists, teachers and other experts lecturing in radiology will be enthusiastic about this outstanding book.’ Physician and Technology

‘… this is a well-written book with a casual style that includes many excellent graphics and would be a useful addition to any MRI library.’ Health Physics

‘This is an excellent and practical book. I thoroughly recommend it.’ The Times Higher Education Supplement

Reviews of second edition

‘… easy to read and gave the necessary information required to have a fairly firm grasp of MRI from theory to practice.’ Clinical Radiology

‘At last, a book that sensibly explains the new MR techniques of the past few years. … I can say that I found this book well worthwhile, and believe many others will as well.’ Doody’s Review Service (


1. MR: what’s the attraction?
Part A. The Basic Stuff:
2. Early daze: your first week in MR
3. Seeing is believing: introduction to image contrast
4. Lost in the pulse sequence jungle?
5. The devil’s in the detail: pixels, matrices and slices
6. What you set is what you get: basic image optimisation
7. Improving your image: how to avoid artefacts
8. Spaced out: spatial encoding
9. Getting in tune: resonance and relaxation
10. Let’s talk technical: MR equipment
11. Ghosts in the machine: quality control
Part B. The Specialist Stuff:
12. Acronyms anonymous I: spin echo
13. Acronyms anonymous II: gradient echo
14. The parallel universe: parallel imaging and novel acquisition techniques
15. Go with the flow: MR angiography
16. A heart-to-heart discussion: cardiac MRI
17. It’s not just squiggles: in vivo spectroscopy
18. To BOLDly go: fMRI, perfusion and diffusion
19. Making it count: quantitative MRI
20. But is it safe? Bio-effects
21. Where are we going now?
Appendix: maths revision

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Now available in Japanese

MRI from picture to proton Japans language edition