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.
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
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 even qualified in MRI, science 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.
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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.
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!
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.
John 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).
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.
This is the traditional version of the course that has been running since 1992. In the UK (only) delegates may choose to attend the course in two blocks (2 days each), or undertake the whole course in one block (4 days).
The first two days cover the underpinning fundamentals of MRI and are essential for everyone - irrespective of previous experience.
The second two days cover additional important concepts.
This is a new adaptation of the course available from 2019. 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. This is because there are no delegates returning to the course - which is the case for the four-day version (see above).
You can find more details about the lecture content in our brochure and from the tabs below.
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Click the tabs below to learn more about each lecture. The schedule below represents the full four-day course structure. The three-day course does not include the revision session as this is not required, however the lecture content is identical in all other respects.
Basic Principles (Westbrook) 1 hour
Aim: to investigate the fundamental principles of MRI including:
Image Contrast (Westbrook) 1 hour
Aim: to evaluate the various mechanisms responsible for image contrast in MRI including:
Instrumentation (Talbot) 1 hour
Aim: to investigate types of equipment used in MRI and their safe use including:
Safety (Talbot) 1.5 hours
Aim: to review all MRI safety issues including:
Spin Echo Pulse Sequences (Talbot) 1.5 hours
Aim: to investigate the basic mechanisms of spin echo imaging including:
Image Optimisation (Westbrook) 1.5 hours
Aim: to facilitate the understanding of the factors that affect image quality; their mechanisms and trade-offs including:
Image Production (Talbot) 1 hour
Aim: to facilitate the understanding of gradient functions for the purpose of spatial encoding including:
Artefacts (Talbot) 1.5 hours
Aim: to facilitate the understanding of the appearances and cause of common artefacts and their remedies. May include:
k-space and Data Acquisition (Westbrook)
1.5 hours (x2)
Aim: to explore in-depth the principles that underpin data acquisition in MRI including:
Revision (Talbot) 1.5 hours
Aim: to consolidate the basic knowledge gained through self-marked timed evaluation:
Gradient Echo (Westbrook) 1 hour
Aim: to provide an introduction to gradient echo sequences
Flow and MRA (Talbot) 1.5 hours
Aim: to provide an overview and basic understanding of the appearances of flow including:
Gradient Echo Sequences (Westbrook) 1.5 hours
Aim: to investigate the advanced mechanisms of gradient echo imaging and their clinical uses including:
Artefacts 2 (Talbot) 1 hour
Aim: To explore the appearances, causes and remedies in relation to complex MRI artefacts may include:
Quiz (Talbot) 30 minutes
A fun quiz to end the course - can you beat the MRI quizmaster?
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. In the UK we have a projector that is capable of presenting our lectures at twice the spatial resolution and at four times the size of many conventional projectors. 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 (anonymised to protect intellectual property rights).
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.
Some providers pad out their MRI courses with clinical sessions, here are the reasons why we do not
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.
This is regrettable, but unfortunately necessary. Intellectual copyright theft is becoming very prevalent. Criminals strip the DRM content from our books and make them available as free downloads. Our range of mobile apps were illegally shared to the point that we could no longer justify the development time and expense to keep them updated. We have foiled 10 attempts to make bootleg recordings of our course content over the last few years. These have been both audio and video recordings using covert equipment. On one occasion the perpetrator had been "sent" on the course solely to make recordings of all the lectures using a concealed camera.
Be assured - it is not necessary to make recordings - organisers often include a copy of the book, and there is also a companion website that allows access to some of the important animations from the lectures. If you have the new edition of our book MRI in Practice you do not even have to make notes - because the course and book are constructively aligned.
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…
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.
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.
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!
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 total, our course has been accredited and endorsed by the following prestigious institutions:
✓ Accreditatiebureau ADAP onderdeel van Stichting Kwaliteitsregister Paramedici
✓ 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 Ghana 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 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.
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.
Green markers show active venues. Red markers show previous venues.
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