A circuit and method are disclosed for providing high, constant amplitude sinusoidally modulated NMR gradient fields. A capacitor is connected in parallel with the gradient coil, but separated by a switch. A pre-determined amount of energy is stored in the capacitor and then the switch is closed to permit a sinusoidal oscillation of energy between the capacitor and gradient coil. By precharging appropriately, sine wave or cosine wave oscillation can be obtained for the NMR system. The oscillation is terminated by opening the switch at a time when all of the oscillating energy is in the capacitor. In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the switch is a bridge circuit, each of whose sides is a back-to-back thyristor pair, so that the gradient field may be modulated either as a full wave, half-wave rectified or non-rectified sinusoidal oscillation. In one embodiment, a full-wave rectified sine wave is used, and all the oscillating energy is caught in the capacitor during intervals in which 180. degree. RF pulses are applied to generate echoes.