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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. MRI in Practice is now also available as an online course for participants living in North America, Canada, Central Europe and Australasia.

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Where is the Online Course Offered?

Where is the Online Course Offered?

The online course uses geo targeting technology and is currently offered in three time zones, GMT, CDT and AEDT. Participants can attend from any of the countries listed in the tabs below. Please note that the course is delivered synchronously and there may, therefore, be a time offset to the programme if you are not resident in one of the time zones stated above.

The online course may be accessed from the following locations. The course is not offered in every country because the DRM copy-protection for the lectures is not universally compatible. If you live in a location that is not listed please contact ObscureMyEmail for more info.

Why Choose MRI in Practice - The Course?

Why Choose MRI in Practice - The Course?

Make an Informed Decision:

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

CPD NOW endorsement from SCOR UK

State-of-the-art Presentations

Almost 100% delegate satisfaction scores

International Accreditation

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Recognised Academic Rigour

Recognised Academic Rigour

Subject Experts who are Also Formally Qualified to Teach

You would expect that to be a "given" - but not always.
Before deciding on which course to apply for - take a close look at the qualifications of the course presenters. 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. The course presenters are very often not qualified in MRI or education.
Such courses offer worthless "awards" that have no CDP accreditation or professional-body endorsement. 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 for hard evidence that the people who will be teaching on the course are qualified to do so.

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, without these they have no business trying to sell you educational services:

  • Anyone teaching MRI should have plenty of clinical experience but should also be educated to at least Masters level in MRI. Mastery of a subject is a non-negotiable pre-requisite for anyone intending to teach that subject - bona fide Masters graduates will have the letters MSc after their name.

  • In addition, lecturers who teach post-graduates (such as radiographers or radiologists) should hold a doctorate in education. That is a firm expectation in higher education. They MUST as a minimum, hold a post graduate qualification in learning and teaching. Without this certification, it is ethically questionable as to whether they should be teaching, as they do not hold the necessary qualifications to do so.

  • To ensure quality and an appreciation of the the student experience, they should ideally be affiliated with a recognised higher education institute such as holding a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

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It is quite unacceptable for a non-qualified person to perform medical imaging - it is not ethical. In the same vein it is equally unacceptable for a non-qualified educator to teach medical imaging. If you are considering using a so-called "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

Our Qualifications

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

Clinical Expertise

Presenters must know their subject. MRI is taught in the context of many different disciplines and we encourage an interdisciplinary approach. However the approach varies according to the intended audience. Pure physics is best taught by physicists, but they may have limited knowledge about applying the learning to clinical scanning. Cross-sectional anatomy and abnormal pattern recognition is probably best taught by radiologists, but they may not have a deep understanding of the underpinning principles of MRI. Cathy and John are both clinical MRI specialists having worked in both the healthcare diagnostics field, and MRI research (Oxford University) from the early days of MRI. Importantly, in addition to their postgraduate qualifications in MRI and education, they are also both qualified radiographers. Having a background in clinical radiography allows Cathy and John to tailor the lecture content to be at exactly the right level for the target audience. In CPD - application to practice is everything and it is something that lecturers from other disciplines - such as physics or radiology are not likely to be able to provide.
We can also keep right up to date with current technology, because unlike other "learning companies" 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.

Qualifications in Learning and Teaching

As professional academics, Cathy and John both hold Master of Science degrees in Magnetic Resonance Imaging and are both fully-qualified doctors of (medical) education.
These qualifications are important because In addition to mastery of their subject, credible course presenters should be qualified in teaching and learning because that is their role.
Cathy and John 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. Some commercial MRI courses are delivered by speakers who are not qualified in either MRI or Education!

Résumé: Dr Catherine Westbrook EdD, MSc, DCR(R), PGc(LT), CT Cert, FHEA
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Dr Catherine Westbrook is an independent teaching consultant providing teaching and assessment in MRI and radiographic related subjects to clients all over the world.
Catherine has worked in MRI since 1990 and has a Doctorate in education, a Master of Science degree in MRI, a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching and a Fellowship in Advanced MRI . She is also a qualified clinical teacher.

Catherine has taught the MRI in Practice course since its inception as the Oxford MRI Course in 1992. She has also been involved in the development of, and teaching on, many other national and international courses. These include the first and the longest-running distance learning Masters course in MRI, the first reporting course for MRI radiographers and the first undergraduate course for Assistant Practitioners in MRI.

Catherine is the author of “MRI in Practice” - the World's best selling book in the field of MRI* (nominated for the British Medical Association Book of the Year 2019) “Handbook of MRI Technique” and “MRI at a Glance”  (nominated for the British Medical Association Book of the Year 2017) and many other chapters and research articles. She 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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John developed an early interest in MRI as a school-leaver in 1978. He was one of the first cohort of practitioners to gain an MSc in the field of medical imaging (MRI) in 1998. In education John is an expert in the field of technology-enhanced learning and the educational psychology of computer-based learning. His doctoral thesis examined cognitive task load in the field of mobile learning.

Academically, John was formerly Education and Research Radiographer at Oxford MRI/Oxford University. He then enjoyed a long academic career as a senior lecturer leading modules in the fields of MRI, medical and healthcare education, research methodology and physics - acting as supervisor for students undertaking master of science degrees. John also created computer-based, mobile-learning and distance-learning resources for all of the above topics.

John is now a freelance consultant in technology enhanced learning for MRI education via mobile and computer-based platforms harnessing the power of multimedia, HTML5, and computer generated imagery. He is co-writer and co-presenter of the MRI in Practice International MRI course and also creates the learning materials, web content and multimedia resources for this world-renowned course. He is currently working on a web-app for mobile devices to accompany the course.

In publishing, John is:

• Co-author and illustrator of MRI in Practice (Wiley- Blackwell)
• Technical illustrator of MRI at a Glance (Wiley- Blackwell)
• Technical illustrator and image editor of Handbook of MRI Technique (Wiley- Blackwell)
• MRI chapter-author of Medical Imaging- Techniques, Reflection & Evaluation (Elsevier).

In ePublishing and mobile learning John is an Apple developer and also an app developer for Google Android. He also created the CGI content for the online resources for MRI in Practice (Wiley- Blackwell).

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Our Programme - Super-Flexible for Every Kind of Delegate

Our Programme - Super-Flexible for Every Kind of Delegate

MRI in Practice Online: 4-Day Course

MRI in Practice Online: 4-Day Course

This is our 4-day online course programme. The content is identical to the live course, and is presented by Cathy Westbrook and John Talbot. This course covers a different important theme every day. In the USA (only) this course is offered on a pay-per-day basis.
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.


  • 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)
  • Ideal for those wishing to gain a full understanding in MRI in a compact and concise delivery.
  • Most importantly - participants can stay safe!

MRI in Practice 4 day Programme

NEW course for 2022! A Handbook of MRI Technique Online (On Demand Lectures)

In addition to the 15 lectures shown above, all participants attending MRI in Practice Online will also be given access to our new Handbook of MRI Technique course AT NO EXTRA COST!
This is an amazing deal that no other course provider can match. The Handbook course is based on our book of the same name and covers clinical indications, patient care, patient preparation and screening, MRI technique (patient positioning, slice prescription and pulse sequences) anatomy and pathology - for all major body areas PLUS 5 concise technical lectures that revisit and reinforce the concepts covered on the MRI in Practice course - making it perfect for revision. Other providers teach this material using OUR BOOK - cut out the middle-man. Don't pay for a physics course and a clinical technique course when we offer you both for the price of one!

Best of all, the Handbook course is available on demand and the lectures can be accessed wherever and whenever the participants wish to take part. The course is also available as a stand-alone course (to countries where MRI in Practice is not available) but all MRI in Practice (4-day course) applicants will be given free early access to this course starting right now!

For readers living in Africa, Asia or South America, you can register for the Handbook course at our new companion website www.mri-technique.online.

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Lecture Content

Lecture Content

Streaming Video

The online course uses a combination of HD streaming video to present our trademark CGI graphics and user-friendly analogies that give our course an unsurpassed conceptual clarity that our participants really love.
Some online course providers present their lectures directly from Zoom - which always looks jerky and tends to lose connection, here is an example of what you can expect from our lectures…

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Click the tabs below to learn more about each lecture.

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) 78 minutes

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

Our Presentations - Widescreen HD

Our Presentations - Widescreen HD

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Genuine slide from a competitor course

As professional educators we understand that the success of a course hinges not only on the expertise and presentation skills of the lecturers, but also on the quality of the learning materials. All of our presentations are put together using state of the art widescreen presentation software with bespoke HD images and video. The above comparison will give you some idea of the difference that makes to a presentation. On the left is a slide from our MRI Instrumentation lecture, on the right is a slide from another commercial MRI course. Slide the handle to compare.

In terms of content, if you are paying for a high-quality learning experience, we think you deserve better than inaccurately labelled images and recycled web content. For this reason, we have spent the last 10 years creating computer-generated imagery (over 700 individual models in total) that show all of the fundamental principles of MRI - including a fully-equipped virtual MRI scanner. These models have been rendered into high-definition video to create our ground-breaking graphics and animations. When we show you the magnet solenoids, the gradient coil or the RF transmit coil you not only get to see what these components actually look like, but we can dismantle the scanner right in front of your eyes to show exactly how these components relate to each other physically and functionally. Because our course is constructively aligned with our book (not just named after it) the slides also present the relevant page numbers as a revision aid for delegates. Our HD graphics bring MRI concepts alive in a way that no other MRI course can match.

Frequently asked Questions

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.

The testimonials say your graphics are amazing - why are they better than those on any other MRI 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 highly detailed computer generated 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.


The application form states that the online course is not available in my country. Is that right?

The online course is available in three time zones, Central Standard Time (USA), Greenwich Mean Time (UK) and Australian Eastern Daylight Time (Australasia). Participants from other countries are welcome to attend, on the understanding that there may be a time offset to the programme.

There are also some countries that will not be able to access the lectures because of the Digital Rights Management software we use. Any countries where our book content or other materials have been stolen and offered online without permission by pirate radiology websites are automatically banned from accessing any of our lecture content. If in doubt, please contact us before registering or paying.

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Why am I only allowed to access the online course from a domestic location?

This is to prevent universities, hospitals or commercial companies from purchasing one place on the course and then screening the lectures to their entire staff (or student cohort). There are no exceptions to this rule.

Our server uses geo-targeting and location detection - so if you are intending to watch the lectures from anywhere other than your home, please do not apply. You will not be able to access any of the content.

If you are from a commercial company or university, we offer discounted rates for providing the course to your staff or students, please contact ObscureMyEmail for further details.

Are the online lectures available to watch on-demand at any time?

We do not offer an "on-demand" MRI in Practice course at this time. We would have no way of knowing who was watching the lectures and dishonest participants could share the materials with other individuals who had not paid or registered to attend. The online course is run synchronously to exactly the same programme to the live course, however, the lectures may be rewound and revisited over a number of hours which offers a huge advantage over live presentation and is something that the participants really love.

The new Handbook of MRI Technique course is offered on demand (from 2022).

Why can't I watch the online lectures on a smartphone or tablet?

Smartphones and tablets often have built-in screen-recording software. This encourages copyright theft and piracy.

I have previously attended an MRI course from another provider. May I apply to attend just for an individual day or days?

It depends which course:

UK and Australia

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:

1. Most importantly - you will gain no CPD points because accreditation is awarded on a whole-course basis.
2. All of the lectures are designed to build on the knowledge gained in previous sessions. 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.
3. Finally, 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.

North America and Canada

CPD accreditation is awarded on an hourly basis in the USA and participants may, therefore, pick and choose which days to attend. We do not recommend missing the content from day 01, because the entire course and all of the models, graphics and analogies are based on the fundamental principles covered on day 01.

Why is the online course price approximately the same as the live course price?

Because web development, video production and secure video hosting costs us more than hiring venues for a year. The online course should really be charged at a higher rate than the live courses but we have kept the price competitive.
As a delegate you will save hundreds of pounds that you would have spent on travel, food and accommodation.



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

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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 Society
Norsk Radiografforbund
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 Radiography Kenya (SORK)
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.



The Course

Our recent participants described the course as being...

Delegate comments about recent courses

  • Incredible lecture series, and truthfully one of the most rewarding academic experiences in my adult life. 

    The graphics are as astounding as the ease at which Dr. Talbot and Dr. Westbrook navigate the physics of MRI. 

    Truly brilliant! Thank you.

  • This course was extremely detailed and the presenters were exceptionally knowledgeable.  

    The analogies used to explain difficult concepts were one of the most helpful portions of these lectures and really increased my understanding of MRI physics. 

    Would 100% recommend this course to others.

  • Wow, the best MRI course ever!

  • This has been the best MR physics educational experience. 

    I would attend the course annually and recommend it to everyone involved in MRI.

  • Loved the animations. 

    It is apparent how much time and passion was put into the course. 

    I feel lucky to have been able to attend. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise with us!

  • The amount of knowledge in one (Zoom) room here was incredible. 

    It is clear Cathy and John have much training and skill in educating from their organization of the content and break down of difficult concepts.

  • Visual animations were amazing!!! 

    I can't say enough about those for visual learners.

  • Very good presentation & delivery! And very nice job relating MRI to real life with animations!! 

    It solidified my knowledge in MRI.

  • Fantastic job making the content easy to visualize and conceptualize! 

    Well organized, great coverage of important topics.

  • I travelled to the UK to attend this course, now its available online - absolutely brilliant.

*statistics and testimonials collected via Mentimeter anonymous on-line survey of course participants.

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