Please note that the programme timing will vary according to the time-zone offset for your country. If you attend the UK course (GMT/BST), the lecture times will be 2-3 hours later than shown on the programme.
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.
The online course uses geo targeting technology and is currently offered to cover the above time zones. UK courses run to GMT but may be attended by participants living in countries from the blue-shaded area above. Australasian courses run to AEDT but are available to some of the countries covered by the pink zone. Participants can attend from any of the countries listed in the tabs below. Please note that the course is delivered synchronously and there will, therefore, be a time offset to the programme if you are not resident in one of the specific time zones stated above. For example for participants in North America, the course runs in the evening. Please note that the course is not offered in every country because the DRM copy-protection for the lectures is not universally compatible and we have banned access to countries where there have been attempts to steal our intellectual copyright in the past.
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
Almost 100% delegate satisfaction scores
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:
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.
Expand the tabs below to find out why we can be trusted with your learning!
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 also foster close links with the major manufacturers having been 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.
As professional academics, Cathy and John both hold Master of Science degrees in Magnetic Resonance Imaging and are both fully-qualified Doctors of Education. This is a key requirement when teaching post-graduates such as radiographers.
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. Anyone who claims to provide educational services (and charges money for those services) must be qualified in education. Anything else is not acceptable and could be considered fraud. Educational fraud, including fake courses taught by non-qualified "lecturers" affects over 43 million people per year and costs the victims hundreds or thousands of pounds. Please do not fall for this type of scam.
Before applying for a course - simply ask the provider to give you:
the names of the people who will be presenting the course and
evidence of their qualifications in education (PGCLT or ideally EdD)
Note that this is not the same as their qualifications in radiography, or post graduate qualifications in medical imaging. For teaching radiographers and radiologists the qualification should be an EdD or equivalent. A PhD is not an educational qualification per se., but may be acceptable. Don't be fobbed off with vague statements such as "experts in their field" or "wealth of clinical experience" those statements apply to all radiographers who have been working for a while. What you deserve is a qualified lecturer.
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!
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.
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).
This is our 4-day online course programme, presented by Cathy Westbrook and John Talbot. This course covers a different important theme every day.
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.
All of our courses are open to an international audience. The programme below shows lecture timings for the GMT courses run in the UK.
Click the name of the city nearest to where you live to convert the lecture timings to your own local time.
The time column will display a coloured background. Times with a green background are during working hours. Orange shading indicates out of working hours and red indicates lectures that may be at inconvenient times for where you live.
If the timing column is predominantly red, select the Australian Eastern Daylight programme instead. The timings for the AEDT course are more likely to be acceptable to participants in North America, for example.
The timings are not currently adjusted for daylight saving time.
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. MRI in Practice (4-day course) applicants will be given exclusive free access to this new course and it is not available anywhere else!
Download a copy of our brochure here. Explore our lecture content below.
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Keep our course details handy to show your manager or colleagues, or compare to any other courses you may be considering.
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…
Click the tabs below to learn more about each lecture.
Artefacts (Talbot) 83 minutes
Aim: to facilitate the understanding of the appearances and cause of common artefacts and their remedies. May include:
Artefacts (Talbot) 66 minutes
Aim: to facilitate the understanding of the appearances and cause of common artefacts and their remedies. May include:
Basic Principles (Westbrook) 57 minutes
Aim: to investigate the fundamental principles of MRI including:
Flow and MRA (Talbot) 80 minutes
Aim: to provide an overview and basic understanding of the appearances of flow including:
Gradient Echo Sequences (Westbrook) 183 minutes
Aim: to investigate the advanced mechanisms of gradient echo imaging and their clinical uses including:
Image Contrast (Westbrook) 68 minutes
Aim: to evaluate the various mechanisms responsible for image contrast in MRI including:
Instrumentation (Talbot) 100 minutes
Aim: to investigate types of equipment used in MRI and their safe use including:
k-space and Data Acquisition (Westbrook)
1.5 hours (x2)
Aim: to explore in-depth the principles that underpin data acquisition in MRI including:
Protocol Optimisation (Westbrook) 63 minutes
Aim: to facilitate the understanding of the factors that affect image quality; their mechanisms and trade-offs including:
Revision (Talbot) 60 minutes
Aim: to consolidate the basic knowledge gained through self-marked timed evaluation:
Safety (Talbot) 78 minutes
Aim: to review all MRI safety issues including:
Spatial Encoding (Talbot) 94 minutes
Aim: to facilitate the understanding of gradient functions for the purpose of spatial encoding including:
Spin Echo Pulse Sequences (Talbot) 60 minutes
Aim: to investigate the basic mechanisms of spin echo imaging including:
Fast Spin Echo Pulse Sequences (Talbot) 68 minutes
Aim: to investigate the basic mechanisms of fast spin echo imaging and Inversion recovery sequences including:
MRI in Practice Slide
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.
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.
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.
Recent participants ([feedback-AK2] over the last 12 months) have awarded an average excellence rating of [feedback-AM5]/100 for our lecture graphics.
To allow global coverage, the online course is available in two opposing time zones, Greenwich Mean Time and Australian Eastern Daylight Time. This means that most geographical locations can access the course, but with the relevant time offset. Countries in the blue shaded area are served by the GMT courses. Countries in the purple shaded areas are served by the AEDT courses.
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.
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.
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. In addition, everyone attending the MRI in Practice course is given FREE access to our on-demand Handbook of MRI Technique course. The Handbook lectures can be watched at any time and on any device. They cover clinical technique and offer revision for the physics topics.
Smartphones and tablets often have built-in screen-recording software. This encourages copyright theft and piracy.
The registration fee allows you to watch as much of the course as you wish - but if you are not intending to watch the entire programme please note that CPD points are awarded on a whole-course basis and you will, therefore, only receive a certificate for attending the full course. In the UK (only) participants may choose to split their attendance between two consecutive courses. See our terms and conditions for full details.
MRI in Practice is CPD endorsed by the Society and College of Radiographers.
The Certificate of Endorsement states that this course supports the following important outcomes:
01. Practical skills
02. Knowledge base
03. Work safely
06. Manage knowledge/information
07. High-quality healthcare/education services
09. Inter-professional/agency working or learning
11. Workforce development or staff governance
19. Evidence to support practice
If you are considering registering for an MRI course other than MRI in Practice, ask for evidence that they have CPD NOW endorsement and check how many of the above outcomes are supported. This is an important benchmark and without such it is likely that a course is not fit for purpose as a CPD resource. Please note that we have outcome 7 - which is your assurance of the high-quality of our courses.
Historically, our course has been accredited and endorsed by the following prestigious institutions:
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.
Participants attending the online course will receive a certificate.
Participants who have been seen to attend (watch) the full course will receive a CPD certificate. Participants who have not seen to have attended the full course will receive a certificate of attendance. The lecture server keeps a track of content accessed.
The CPD offered depends on which course has been attended:
In the UK, the course is endorsed by the Society and College of Radiographers CPD Now. This is offered on a whole-course basis (i.e. not by the hour). Participants attending the UK course (i.e. online courses delivered to GMT/BST) will be eligible for this CPD certificate. It identifies the learning outcomes achieved, it does not provide any indication of activity hours, because this is irrelevant for CPD Now endorsement. Participants who live in Australia, but attend the UK course may be eligible for an ASMIRT CPD certificate (see below). Participants who are not from the UK or Australia and fall under different CPD regulations will still receive a CPD certificate, but it may not be recognised by their local professional body.
In Australia, the course is endorsed by the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT). This accreditation is offered on an hourly basis (30 hours). Participants attending the Australian course (i.e. online courses delivered to AEDT) will be eligible for this CPD certificate. The certificate lists the hours of activity as required. Participants who live in the UK, but attend the Australian course may be eligible for a CPD Now certificate (see above). Participants who are not from Australia or the UK and fall under different CPD regulations will still receive a CPD certificate, but it may not be recognised by their professional body.
Participants from the USA are welcome to attend any of our courses, but we do not offer any CPD certification. This is largely due to the fact that most of our USA participants are veterinary radiologists and, therefore, do not fall under the same professional body as MRI Techs. In addition the cost and complexity of CPD approval in the USA is not worth our time and trouble for the number of participants for whom the appellation applies.
We cannot offer certificates with any other CPD accreditation or any other wording than the ones awarded at the end of each course because we do not have approval from any other professional bodies.
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.
I liked everything! It was the best MRI class I've ever taken. Fantastic graphics and lecture material.
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!
I like that you both have similar but slightly different approaches for certain topics. What may not have been super-clear one way, was then cleared up shortly afterwards.
This has been the best MR physics educational experience.
I would attend the course annually and recommend it to everyone involved in MRI.
Fairly flexible schedule and AMAZING graphics!
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.
The model of the MRI scanner was fantastic in granting what, for me, was a never-before-seen ability to understand the physical layout and components.
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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