I have given several MR related courses over the years, mostly introductory MRI and NMR. Below you can find the lecture notes for these classes. You can use them and share them free of charge. If you want to use a figure or plot in a talk or presentation, feel free to do so as long as you attribute the source. However, these may not be used for any commercial purpose.

## Imaging the Brain using MRI: From Physics to Applications (Fall 2021)

**Assignments**

Assignments are due on a weekly basis. Although they will not be graded, you are expected to hand in 80% of the assignents prior to the final exam. You will need to show effort and, if something is unclear and you don't solve it for some reason, you will need to note what exactly is unclear in the exercise you hand in.

Assignment | Due | Link | Solution |
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1 | Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021 | ||

2 | Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021 | ||

3 | Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2021 | ||

4 | Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021 | TBD |

**Lecture Notes**

Lecture | Author | Topic | Link |
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1 | Assaf Tal | Mathematical Preliminaries | |

2 | Assaf Tal | Basic Concepts in Imaging | |

3 | Assaf Tal | MRI as a Black Box | |

4 | Assaf Tal | Spin Dynamics | |

5 | Assaf Tal | Excitation and Acquisition | |

6 | Assaf Tal | Principles of Imaging | |

7 | Assaf Tal | Image Reconstruction | |

8 | Assaf Tal | T1 and T2 Contrast | TBD |

9 | Assaf Tal | Modeling T1 and T2 | TBD |

10 | Assaf Tal | SNR | TBD |

11 | Assaf Tal | Diffusion | TBD |

12 | Assaf Tal | Exchange | TBD |

## NMR Primer (Weizmann Institute, Fall 2015)

This was my second go at the NMR Primer course, and it differs substantially from the first go given a year earlier. I've opted to start out with the full quantum mechanical treatment of spins, which changed the flavor of the course quite a bit. My third iteration would probably be even more quantum mechanical. Some day ...

Lecture | Author | Topic | Link |
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1 | Assaf Tal | Quantum Mechanics | |

2 | Assaf Tal | NMR Interactions | |

3 | Assaf Tal | 1D NMR | |

4 | Assaf Tal | J-Coupling | |

5 | Assaf Tal | Relaxation | |

6 | Assaf Tal | 2D NMR |

## MRI: Physical Principles and Applications (Weizmann Institute, Spring 2014)

The second iteration of my MRI course is very different in style from the first, given 5 years earlier. The scope however remained similar. Some topics were expanded and presented in more detail.

Lecture | Author | Topic | Link |
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1 | Assaf Tal | Mathematical Preliminaries | |

2 | Assaf Tal | Fundamentals of Imaging | |

3 | Assaf Tal | MRI As A Black Box | |

4 | Assaf Tal | Spin Dynamics | |

5 | Assaf Tal | Excitation and Acquisition | |

6 | Assaf Tal | Imaging | |

7 | Assaf Tal | Basic Image Reconstruction | |

8 | Assaf Tal | T1 and T2 Contrast | |

9 | Assaf Tal | T1 and T2 Modeling | |

10 | Assaf Tal | Signal to Noise |

## NMR Primer (Weizmann Institute, Fall 2014)

Lecture | Author | Topic | Link |
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1 | Assaf Tal | Basic Spin Physics | |

2 | Assaf Tal | The Pulse-Acquire Experiment | |

3 | Assaf Tal | Practical 1D NMR | |

4 | Assaf Tal | Quantum Mechanics | |

5 | Assaf Tal | J Coupling | |

6 | Assaf Tal | Relaxation | |

7 | Assaf Tal | 2D NMR | |

8 | Assaf Tal | Chemical Exchange |

## MRI (Weizmann Institute, Spring 2009)

I gave an earlier version of my MRI course while still a postdoc at the Weizmann Institute. The course was delivered alongside Prof. Lucio Frydman, who gave some of the later talks. It's pretty different from my later course on MRI, and has a more informal vibe to it.

Lecture | Author | Description | Link |
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1 | Assaf Tal | Basic spin physics | |

2 | Assaf Tal | Spin dynamics and the Bloch Equations | |

3 | Assaf Tal | Spin thermodynamics | |

4 | Assaf Tal | Field gradients | |

5 | Assaf Tal | The Fourier transform | |

6 | Assaf Tal | k-space | |

7 | Assaf Tal | Resolution, aliasing and sampling | |

8 | Assaf Tal | Selective pulses | |

9 | Assaf Tal | Gradient and spin echo sequences | |

10 | Lucio Frydman | In vivo spectroscopy | |

11 | Assaf Tal | Signal to noise | |

12 | Lucio Frydman | Flow | |

13 | Lucio Frydman | Contrast in MRI |