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MRI in Practice - Registry Review Course - Chicago

Hosted by Rush University College of Health Sciences

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MRI in Practice courses in the USA are organised in collaboration with our partner Amy Zalcman.
The course is primarily aimed at physicians, radiologists, neurologists and technologists. The course features the same lecture-format as is presented in all of our other host countries and is therefore applicable to a multidisciplinary audience.
Since its first publication in 1992 our book MRI in Practice has been the recommended reading for anyone taking boards exams. This course is based on the book and will help you to grasp all of these important topics with ease.

Forthcoming locations and dates are shown below.



Course: MRI in Practice MRI Course


Chicago, Illinois

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Presenters: Dr Catherine Westbrook, Dr John Talbot

More Info: MRI in Practice Chicago

24.5 Cat A Credits (ASRT).

Course Information

The MRI in Practice Course has been presented in the USA since 2000.

This course is organised by our USA partner Dr. Amy Zalcman in collaboration with Dr. Laura Vasquez.
The content is primarily aimed at technologists who are taking boards exams, however we also welcome physicians, radiologists, cardiologists and neurologists. The course features the same lecture-format as is presented in all of our other host countries and is therefore applicable to a multidisciplinary audience.

The venue is the Rush University College of Health Sciences (more information below).

The course is our full 4-day event, presented by MRI in Practice authors Dr. Catherine Westbrook and Dr. John Talbot. Since its first publication in 1992 our book MRI in Practice has been the recommended reading for anyone taking boards exams. This course is based on the book and will help you to grasp all of these important topics with ease. The new 5th edition has been completely redesigned to follow the course topics and combined with the high definition CGI graphics used in the course it will provide you with the best possible grounding for your registry examinations.

Dr. Westbrook and Dr. Talbot are both qualified educators holding MSc degrees in MRI and are both Doctors in (medical) education. As such, they are ideally placed to offer the best educational experience in magnetic resonance imaging. The course typically attracts around 50-100 delegates, and usually sells out quite quickly, so early application is recommended. There is a discount delegate rate for early booking.

The registration fee includes all four days of teaching, plus a signed copy of the new 5th edition of MRI in Practice.
The fee does not include accommodation or lunches, however, there are many conveniently-located hotels and restaurants nearby.


Chicago Marriott
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Hotel Chicago

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Getting to the Venue

Our Chicago venue is:

Rush University, College of Health Sciences
600 South Paulina St
Armour Academic Center
Chicago, Ill 60612

The price of the course does not include accommodation, but delegates can find reasonably priced hotels and guest houses within easy distance of the venue.

The Chicago Marriott is offering preferential room rates for course attendees.

Get directions from the map below - the star shows the exact venue location. Click the "Get Directions" button to plan your route (not supported on all browsers).

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Transport Advice


Take the L (Pink Line) to Polk Station.


O'Hare International Airport is 23 miles from the venue

Get on I-190 E 2 min (0.8 mi)
Follow I-294 S and I-290 E/Eisenhower Expy to W Congress Pkwy. Take exit 28A from I-290 E/Eisenhower Expy 27 min (22.1 mi)
Continue on W Congress Pkwy. Take W Harrison St to S Paulina St

Train directions

Midway Airport is 9 miles from the venue

Take S Cicero Ave and I-55 N/Stevenson Expy to W 31st Pl. Take exit 290 from I-55 N/Stevenson Expy 11 min (5.5 mi)

Take S Ashland Ave to S Paulina St 12 min (3.0 mi)

Train directions

Course Content

Our Programme - Compact, Stuctured and Varied

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MRI in Practice USA is a four-day course.

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.

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
  • 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.

Feedback from Chicago Participants 2019

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Describe Your Experience…

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  • 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.

  • Wow, the best MRI course ever!

  • The animation and lecturers are very informative and knowledgable in their field. The animations makes MRI physics easier to understand.

  • A lot of areas were put into words I could understand compared to just reading a book on MR physics.

  • Very good presentation & delivery! And very nice job relating MRI to real life with animations!! It solidified my knowledge in MRI.

  • This has been the best MR physics educational experience. I would attend the course annually and reccomend it to everyone involved in MRI.

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


In total, 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 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.

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