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The World’s Favourite MRI Course - Based on the World’s Best-Selling MRI Book

Our course started life as the famous Oxford MRI Course in 1992 and has been running continuously ever since engaging and educating thousands of radiographers, radiologists, physicists, researchers, technicians, engineers, nurses, assistant practitioners, veterinary surgeons and anyone with an interest in the exciting world of MRI.

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Make an Informed Decision:

Why Choose the MRI in Practice Course?

We are very aware that you have a choice when it comes to CPD and MRI courses. If you are a manager, you will be looking to make a clear evidence-based decision on which course can get your new staff up-to-speed with MRI within your training budget. If you are a radiographer, looking to fulfil CPD requirements, or wish to learn the underpinning principles of MRI in a format that is applied to your day-to-day work, then please consider the following points.
We invite you to scrutinise our credentials and compare them to any other course available because we are confident that our MRI course ticks all the boxes.

Reputation and legacy
Presenters who are qualified to teach
Compact & comprehensive programme
State-of-the-art Presentations
Almost 100% delegate satisfaction scores

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Academic Qualifications

Subject Experts who are Also Formally Qualified to Teach

If you are trying to decide between MRI in Practice and an alternative course - perhaps offered by a web-site, private consultancy or "learning company" - be sure to ask whether the people who will be teaching on the course are qualified to do so.
It goes without saying that web sites are generally unregulated, non-peer-reviewed and often written by enthusiastic amateurs, but you might be surprised to find that there are live courses offered by learning companies who look perfectly bona fide and charge high fees for courses - but who have no formal qualifications to be offering educational products or services.

Don't get caught out - checking is as easy as 123 - for every trainer or presenter who will be teaching on the programme, ask to see the following three certificates:

  1. Anyone teaching MRI should have plenty of clinical experience but should also be educated to at least Masters level in MRI - bona fide Masters graduates will have the letters MSc after their name.
  2. In addition, lecturers who teach post-graduates (such as radiographers or radiologists) should hold a doctorate in education or at least a post graduate qualification in learning and teaching (PgC PgD or equivalent).
  3. Ideally they should be affiliated with a recognised higher education institute such as holding a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

If you are considering using a "learning company" who cannot show evidence of having presenters who are qualified educators as outlined above - we invite you to scrutinise our credentials below.

Our Qualifications

Expand the tabs below to find out why we can be trusted with your learning!

  • Clinical Expertise

    Presenters must know their subject, Cathy and John are both clinical MRI specialists having worked in both the clinical field, and MRI research (Oxford University) from the early days of MRI.
    From a practical perspective we have access to state-of-the-art MRI scanners right on site at our teaching venue, including 3T high-field and 1T open systems. We also foster close links with the major manufacturers, being a preferred education provider for Philips Healthcare, Toshiba, Oxford Magnets, Schering and Bracco and Cobalt Imaging. This allows us to keep keep fully up-to-date with clinical and educational advances and link theory with practice in a way that no other educator can match.

  • Teaching and Learning Qualifications

    Cathy and John both hold full Masters degrees in Magnetic Resonance Imaging. In addition to mastery of their subject, credible course presenters should be qualified in teaching and learning, because that is their role. As academics, Cathy and John both hold doctorates in the field of education. They are also both Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. The HEA vision is for students in UK higher education to enjoy the highest quality learning experience in the world and we bring that philosophy to everything we do - including MRI in Practice - The Course.
    We are not aware of any other MRI course of this type that is presented by a faculty who are all qualified in both MRI and Education at this level. Please consider this when choosing which MRI course is likely to address your needs. If a course provider is not qualified to teach, it is ethically questionable as to whether they should be selling educational services.

  • Résumé: Dr Catherine Westbrook EdD, MSc, DCR(R), PGc(LT), CT Cert, FHEA
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    Dr Cathy Westbrook is a senior lecturer and post-graduate pathway leader at the Faculty of Health & Social Care, Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge where she is pathway leader for the post-graduate Masters degree course in MRI. Cathy supervises MSc and PhD students in MRI related research.

    Cathy is also an independent teaching consultant providing teaching and assessment in MRI and radiographic related subjects to clients all over the world.
    Cathy has worked in MRI since 1990 and has a Doctorate in education, an MSc in MRI, a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching and a Fellowship in Advanced MRI. Cathy is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a qualified Clinical Teacher.

    Cathy has taught the MRI in Practice Course for many years and also teaches and examines on many other national and international courses, including undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. In particular Cathy was involved in the development of the first reporting course for MRI radiographers and the first undergraduate course for Assistant Practitioners in MRI.

    Cathy is the author of “MRI in Practice” - the World's best selling book in the field of MRI*, “Handbook of MRI Technique” and “MRI at a Glance” and many other chapters and articles.

    Cathy has been President of the British Association of MR Radiographers, Chairman of the Consortium for the Accreditation of Clinical MR Education and Honorary Secretary of the British Institute of Radiology.

  • Résumé: Dr John Talbot EdD, MSc, DCR(R), PGc(LT), FHEA
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    Dr John Talbot developed an early interest in MRI as a school-leaver in 1979. He was one of the first cohort of practitioners to gain an MSc in the field of medical imaging (MRI) in 1997. His doctoral thesis examined cognitive task load in the field of mobile learning.

    Academically, he oversees distance learning and mobile learning delivery in the fields of medical & healthcare education, research methodology and magnetic resonance imaging at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. He is a senior lecturer in MRI and supervisor for students undertaking masters degrees (MSc). He is module tutor for medical education and research modules including Core Concepts in Learning and Teaching and Curricular and Structural Concepts for Lifelong Learning, Research Methodology and Research Design.
    He was formerly Education and Research Radiographer at Oxford MRI/Oxford University.

    In publishing, John is co-author and illustrator of MRI in Practice (Blackwell/Wiley), the world's best selling book in the field of medical imaging. He is the illustrator of MRI at a Glance, and Handbook of MRI Technique (Blackwell/Wiley) and co-author of Medical Imaging- Techniques, Reflection & Evaluation (Elsevier).
    In ePublishing and mobile learning John is a registered Apple developer and also an app developer for Google Android.

    John's main interest is exploiting the parallelism between technology and learning and he is currently researching into how cognition is affected by technology-enhanced learning. His previous contributions to the field include the construction of a "virtual reality" MRI scanner for learning and teaching and other web based interactive learning materials. More recently John has been creating computer generated high definition movies and diagrams of MRI concepts for the all-new update of the MRI Course. Some of these CGI resources are included in the web content for the latest edition of MRI in Practice (the book).

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Course Content

Our Programme - Compact, Stuctured and Varied

MRI in Practice is a four-day course. In the UK (only) we offer delegates the opportunity to attend the course in two blocks:

The first two days cover the underpinning fundamentals of MRI and are essential for everyone - irrespective of previous experience.
The second two days cover some additional concepts.

This course structure offers greater flexibility, allows employers to arrange staff cover more easily and reduces accommodation costs.
The days run consecutively - so radiographers who are at a comparatively advanced level may choose to attend for all four days in one block.
Our delegates often tell us that by attending course in two blocks, they are able to go back to their departments and put what they have learnt into practice which better equips them to take in the advanced topics at a later date.

Days 3 and 4 are not offered as a stand-alone course. They are only available for delegates who have already attended days 1 and 2. This is because the lectures are designed to build on knowledge already gained.

CPD endorsement from the Society and College of Radiographers is awarded on a whole-course basis. CPD certification is therefore only awarded to delegates who have attended all four days.

You can find more details about the lecture content in our brochure.

Here is our programme, it contains all you need to know in just four days.

MRI in Practice 4 day Programme
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Lecture Content

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Day 01

  • Basic Principles (Westbrook)

    Basic Principles (Westbrook) 1 hour

    Aim: to investigate the fundamental principles of MRI including:

    • Nuclear structure
    • MR active nuclei
    • Alignment
    • Precession and resonance
    • Signal generation
    • Relaxation processes

  • Image Contrast (Westbrook)

    Image Contrast (Westbrook) 1 hour

    Aim: to evaluate the various mechanisms responsible for image contrast in MRI including:

    • Molecular make-up of fat and water
    • T1 recovery
    • T2 decay
    • Diffusion Weighting
    • Image weighting characteristics
    • Introduction to pulse sequences

  • Instrumentation (Talbot)

    Instrumentation (Talbot) 1 hour

    Aim: to investigate types of equipment used in MRI and their safe use including:

    • Magnets: principles of, construction, homogeneity.
    • Shielding
    • Shimming
    • Gradients
    • Radio Frequency: shielding, transmit/receive coils

  • Safety (Talbot)

    Safety (Talbot) 1.5 hours

    Aim: to review all MRI safety issues including:

    • Static-field - spatial gradient dangers
    • Time varying gradient-field – nerve stimulation
    • Secondary (RF) field dangers - heating & antenna effect
    • Cryogens – quenches and anoxia
    • Contraindications for MRI

    with real-life examples of safety incidents from around the world.

Day 02

  • Spin Echo Pulse Sequences (Talbot)

    Spin Echo Pulse Sequences (Talbot) 1.5 hours

    Aim: to investigate the basic mechanisms of spin echo imaging including:

    • T2* effects
    • RF rephasing
    • Single and dual echo spin echo
    • Fast Spin Echo, advantages and trade-offs
    • Driven Equilibrium
    • Inversion recovery

  • Image Optimisation (Westbrook)

    Image Optimisation (Westbrook) 1.5 hours

    Aim: to facilitate the understanding of the factors that affect image quality; their mechanisms and trade-offs including:

    • Signal to noise ratio (SNR)
    • Contrast to noise ratio (CNR)
    • Spatial resolution
    • Scan time
    • Decision making strategies

  • Image Production (Talbot)

    Image Production (Talbot) 1 hour

    Aim: to facilitate the understanding of gradient functions for the purpose of spatial encoding including:

    • An introduction to data sampling
    • Slice selection
    • Frequency encoding
    • Phase encoding
    • Fourier Transformation

  • Artefacts (Talbot)

    Artefacts (Talbot) 1.5 hours

    Aim: to facilitate the understanding of the appearances and cause of common artefacts and their remedies. May include:

    • Aliasing
    • Nyquist ghost
    • Out-of-phase signal loss
    • Magnetic susceptibility artefact
    • Entry slice phenomenon
    • Phase mismapping

Day 03

  • k-space and Data Acquisition (Westbrook)

    k-space and Data Acquisition (Westbrook)
    1.5 hours (x2)

    Aim: to explore in-depth the principles that underpin data acquisition in MRI including:

    • k-space functions and characteristics
    • Data sampling techniques
    • k-space traversal
    • k-space filling in basic and advanced sequencing
    • k-space filling modifications including parallel imaging

  • Revision (Talbot)

    Revision (Talbot) 1.5 hours

    Aim: to consolidate the basic knowledge gained through self-marked timed evaluation:

    • Basic Principles
    • Contrast Mechanisms
    • Instrumentation
    • Basic Pulse sequences
    • Image Optimisation

  • Introduction to Gradient Echo (Westbrook)

    Gradient Echo (Westbrook) 1 hour

    Aim: to provide an introduction to gradient echo sequences

    • Principles of Gradient Echo Pulse Sequences
    • Weighting in Gradient Echo Pulse Sequences

Day 04

  • Flow and Flow-Dependent MRA

    Flow and MRA (Talbot) 1.5 hours

    Aim: to provide an overview and basic understanding of the scope of Magnetic Resonance Angiography including:

    • Time of flight, entry slice phenomenon, and flow anomalies
    • Post processing and the maximum intensity projection algorithm
    • Inflow, Phase Contrast, Black-Blood, BOLD and Fresh Blood Imaging,
    • Mechanism of flow-dependent MRA sequences
    • Advantages & disadvantages in clinical use

  • Gradient Echo Sequences

    Gradient Echo Sequences (Westbrook) 1.5 hours

    Aim: to investigate the advanced mechanisms of gradient echo imaging and their clinical uses including:

    • The steady state (advanced concepts)
    • Coherent gradient echo
    • Balanced Gradient Echo
    • Incoherent gradient echo
    • Steady state free precession
    • Fast gradient echo
    • Echo planar imaging
    • Diffusion Weighting

  • Artefacts 2 (Talbot)

    Artefacts 2 (Talbot) 1 hour

    Aim: To explore the appearances, causes and remedies in relation to complex MRI artefacts may include:

    • Chemical Shift
    • Inhomogeneity
    • RF anomalies
    • The magic angle
    • Moiré fringing
    • Dielectric effects
    • Cross excitation

    Delegates are welcome to bring digital images (on USB flash-drive) that demonstrate an artefactual appearance from their own department.

  • Quiz (Talbot)

    Quiz (Talbot) 30 minutes

    A fun quiz to end the course - can you beat the MRI quizmaster?

Frequently asked Questions

  • Is there an exam?

    Unlike some other courses, we do not make you sit an exam! As qualified educators we understand that summative assessments are only appropriate for courses having an award. This type of course is a CPD course - so it supports the learning outcomes prescribed by the Society and College of Radiographers CPD NOW programme. There is no requirement for an exam. We do however use formative assessment - revision and quiz sessions. These informal sessions are designed to support and consolidate your learning and are self-marked.

  • Why are there no clinical sessions on the programme?

    Some providers pad out their MRI courses with clinical sessions, here are the reasons why we do not

    • In our experience most employers prefer to train their staff in the clinical aspects of their role in the workplace using time-trusted hands-on learning.
    • Radiologists usually have their own preferences when it comes down to the choice of imaging plane, or the protocol used, this is unlikely to be the same as the method taught in a generic presentation.
    • Every scanner is different in terms of configuration, gradient speed, coil choice, pulse sequence availability and field-strength, there is no "one size fits all" clinical method.
    • In view of the above, we feel that to "teach" a generic clinical approach to neuro, cardiac, breast, MSK etc. that applies to every scanner, at every field-strength and to cover every angle is a tall order - and is highly likely be counter-productive when not tailored to your own local preferences.
    • For new installations or manufacturer-specific techniques you have a fantastic resource in your expert applications specialists.
    • Finally - time costs money so we feel that all of the above can be better covered in a book - which can be studied at leisure, read in your own workplace and can cover far more than a 60-minute lecture.

  • The feedback from other delegates says your graphics are amazing - why are they better than those on any other course?

    We all know what "death by PowerPoint" can be like. There is nothing more boring than listening to someone read out lists of bullet points. We don't do that - after five years in the making the latest version of our course utilises over 300 computer generated imagery models, rendered into photo-realistic HD wide-screen.
    Why do we go to these lengths? Because our delegate feedback constantly reinforces the view that dynamic computer generated imagery brings difficult concepts to life in a way that nothing else can. MRI is all about motion - flipping vectors, tumbling molecules, spinning nuclei, our lectures can show this all happening right in front of your eyes, and it makes a massive difference to learning.


  • Why is widecreen HD better than the typical presentations seen on other courses?

    Other MRI Courses

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    Our Presentations

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    We never rely on dodgy in-house projectors and wobbly screens found in many course venues, we usually bring our own. In our UK venue, our state-of-the-art data projectors can screen our content at twice the size and twice the resolution of many typical projectors that you may have seen used at other courses. In fact, they use the same format as some projectors used to screen cinematic 3D movies. When combined with our CGI graphics, the result is an engaging and immersive experience that our delegates love. The photo above is a genuine representation of our teaching room at Cheltenham showing the actual screen size of a presentation in progress.

  • I have previously attended a course by another provider, may I just apply to attend days 03 and 04?

    There are some good courses out there - and there are some that are not so great. We occasionally get enquiries from people who have attended a course offered by another provider and have found that they didn't quite get what they wanted. They state that they found the course lacking depth, they may have discovered (too late) that the faculty had no teaching qualifications or found the content too clinically-orientated when they really needed to learn the underpinning principles of MRI. If this describes you - we think it's great that you want to come on our course to help fill the gaps - but we don't advise missing out the first two days. There are a few important reasons:

    MRI in Practice is a four-day course. Days 01 and 02 are the most important part of the course - they contain the absolute essentials. All of the lectures over days 03 and 04 make reference to the lectures on days 01 and 02 and build on the knowledge gained. If you haven't seen these lectures you will not get the full picture. Of course you do not have to attend all four days in one go - why not come for the first two days and then come back for the additional extras when you are ready.

    Up until a few years ago we used to allow delegates to attend days 03 and 04 without having attended days 01 and 02. Their feedback…

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    It is unlikely that the content covered by the other course will map against ours. We are educational specialists and we know from long experience that accreditation for prior-learning is a very difficult thing to assess. In a nutshell, our content will be different from the course you have attended. We can guarantee that you will not have had the same experience or learnt the same things that our course offers.

  • I already have a good knowledge of MRI why can't I skip the basics (days 01 and 02)

    There is a common misconception that "the basics" of MRI are somehow the easy part, however our research suggests that radiographers who have been scanning for a number of years may well have a good clinical knowledge of MRI, but typically know very little about the underpinning principles. Days 01 and 02 provide you with the absolute essentials of MRI - you cannot do without this content!
    The 30-question quiz below will give you a pretty good indication as to whether you understand "the basics". If you score more than 20 you are doing well - any less than that and you would definitely benefit from our FULL course. All of the topics in the quiz relate to the content we cover in days 01 and 02.

In our recent research, radiographers who gave themselves a 10/10 score for MRI expertise achieved a test score of…

…slightly lower than the test score from radiographers who gave themselves a modest 1/10 for MRI expertise!


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Endorsed by the UK Society and College of Radiographers

MRI in Practice is CPD endorsed by the Society and College of Radiographers.
The Certificate of Endorsement states that this course may support outcomes:

01. Practical skills
02. Knowledge base
03. Work safely
04. Legal/ethical frameworks or guidance
06. Manage knowledge/information
07. High-quality healthcare/education services
11. Workforce development or staff governance
18. Integration of education and employment
19. Evidence to support practice

International Accreditation and Affiliations

In total, our course has been accredited and endorsed by the following prestigious institutions:

The American Society of Radiologic Technologists
The Australian Institute of Radiology
The British Institute of Radiology
The European Federation of Radiographic Societies (EFRS)
The Forum for Professional Development - Norwegian Society of Radiographers
The IEEE Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society, Croatia
The Institute for Professional Development of Physicians in Sweden
The Kuwait Institute of Medical Specialisation
The Malta MRI Radiographers Group
The Qatar Health Congress
The Romanian Radiology Society/College of Physicians,
The Romanian Society of MRI Radiologists
The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists
The Society of Radiological Technicians and Nuclear Medicine Technicians of Serbia.
Trinity College Dublin
The UK College of Radiographers (CPD NOW)
The University of Malta
The University of Sharjah (Emirates),
The University of Zagreb

We do not believe that any other MRI course in the World has so many affiliations, and we are very proud to have the support and accreditation from these institutions.


Feedback from the people who really count…

We know that delegate feedback is an essential tool in our course development. The following comments are from anonymous feedback questionnaires returned by our course delegates over the last few months. Please note that the scores shown are typical of the feedback we get (almost 100% rating of “excellent” across the board for our course content and delivery). Please swipe (or click the navigation arrows) to read what they said about the course.

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World Venues

This map shows the venues where our MRI course has been presented over the last ten years or so. Click the tabs for more info about our course venues. Red tabs indicate past venues, green tabs indicate current and forthcoming venues.