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From 2019 we are offering a new version of the MRI in Practice Course. Delegates may choose to attend a three-day adaptation of the course. There is no difference in the lecture content, quantity or quality, the only difference is in the course structure. The advantages of each delivery are presented below to allow applicants to make an informed choice about which version would suit them best.

MRI in Practice Online: 3-Day Course


This is the 3-day online course programme. The content is identical to the live course, and is presented by Cathy Westbrook and John Talbot. The lectures are delivered via high definition streaming video. Q&A sessions are co-ordinated live via Zoom webinar.
To attend you just need a fast broadband connection and a PC or Mac with a webcam (compulsory) and microphone. You MUST be located in the country (or countries) for which the course is advertised.

Benefits

  • The principal benefit of attending the online course is that delegates will not require to pay for travel and accommodation.
  • In addition to the reduced course fee this represents a massive cost saving of up to £500 per delegate.
  • Delegates enjoy all the benefits of the full course - but from home.
  • Enjoy a front-row seat view of our awesome graphics.
  • Open a bottle of wine! (optional)
  • Employers may find it more attractive, as staff cover will only be required for three days.
  • Ideal for those wishing to gain a full understanding in MRI in a compact and concise delivery.
  • Most importantly - stay safe!

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MRI in Practice: 3-Day Course


This course will not be available again until 2022, COVID 19 restrictions pending. Delegates attend the entire course over three days. The content is identical to the four-day course, but each day runs from 9:00am to 5:00pm. The only other adaptation is that there is no requirement for a revision session.


Benefits

  • The principal benefit of attending the three-day course is that delegates will only need to book (and pay for) 2 nights accommodation.
  • Delegates enjoy all the benefits of the full course - but less time away from home. This may particularly appeal to international delegates travelling from abroad.
  • Employers may find it more attractive, as staff cover will only be required for three days rather than four days (total).
  • Ideal for those wishing to gain a full understanding in MRI in a compact and concise delivery.

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Artefacts (Extrinsic) (Talbot)

Artefacts (Talbot) 83 minutes


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

  • Aliasing
  • Nyquist ghost
  • Magnetic susceptibility artefact
  • RF Anomalies

…and more.

Artefacts (Intrinsic) (Talbot)

Artefacts (Talbot) 66 minutes


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

  • Out-of-phase signal loss
  • Chemical shift
  • Phase mismapping
  • Magic Angle


…and more.

Basic Principles (Westbrook)

Basic Principles (Westbrook) 57 minutes


Aim: to investigate the fundamental principles of MRI including:

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

Flow and MRA (Talbot)

Flow and MRA (Talbot) 80 minutes


Aim: to provide an overview and basic understanding of the appearances of flow 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

For the three-day version of the course this content is included in the artefacts sessions.

Gradient Echo Pulse Sequences (Westbrook)

Gradient Echo Sequences (Westbrook) 183 minutes


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

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

Image Contrast (Westbrook)

Image Contrast (Westbrook) 68 minutes


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) 100 minutes


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

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

Protocol Optimisation (Westbrook)

Protocol Optimisation (Westbrook) 63 minutes


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

Revision (Talbot)

Revision (Talbot) 60 minutes


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

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

Please note, the on-line course offers revision activities after each session or at the end of each day.

Safety (Talbot)

Safety (Talbot) 60 minutes

This lecture is not offered in all course deliveries.


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.

Spatial Encoding (Talbot)

Spatial Encoding (Talbot) 94 minutes


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

Spin-Echo Pulse Sequences - Fundamentals (Talbot)

Spin Echo Pulse Sequences (Talbot) 60 minutes


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

  • T2* effects
  • RF rephasing
  • Single and dual echo spin echo

Spin-Echo Pulse sequences - Fast Spin-Echo and Inversion Recovery (Talbot)

Fast Spin Echo Pulse Sequences (Talbot) 68 minutes


Aim: to investigate the basic mechanisms of fast spin echo imaging and Inversion recovery sequences including:

  • Fast Spin Echo, advantages and trade-offs
  • Driven Equilibrium
  • Inversion recovery

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