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The MRI in Practice Course has been presented annually in Australia since 2004.

For 2021 our Australian course will be offered online. Live courses will resume when the COVID 19 pandemic has ended.

The Course

The course is presented by MRI in Practice authors Catherine Westbrook and John Talbot. Cathy and John are both qualified educators holding Masters degrees in MRI and are both Doctors of (medical) education. They have specialised in distance-learning via webinar for the last 15 years, having taught a Masters degree in MRI via distance-learning delivery. As such, they are ideally placed to offer the very highest quality educational experience in magnetic resonance imaging, both live and on-line.
Since its first publication in 1992 our book MRI in Practice has been the best-selling book in its field. 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 we therefore recommend that you purchase a copy as it will provide you with a comprehensive set of "course notes".

The Content

The content is primarily aimed at radiographers, however we also welcome veterinary practitioners, radiotherapy practitioners, physicians, radiologists, cardiologists and neurologists. The online course features the same lecture-format as is presented in all of our other international locations and is therefore applicable to a multidisciplinary audience.

The online course format is exactly the same as the live course with streaming lectures each day and live Q&A and revision sessions. The full programme is shown below and a detailed breakdown of the lecture topics can be found on the course information page.

The Format

The online course uses a blend of HD streaming video and live webinar sessions.
After application we will send you a link that allows you to enrol on our members-only site When you have registered with that site, you will be able to access a course information page that explains how the course works and also allows you to test out your computer hardware to make sure you can access our streaming content. It is very important to do this as soon as possible before the course begins. All of the streaming content is delivered synchronously - just like a live course - but with the added bonus of extra time built into the programme that will allow you to revisit, re-watch and revise any parts of the lectures that you wish to see again. This is a major advantage that can only be realised using online delivery and our participants really love it. The face-to-face sessions are delivered via Zoom webinar. We will send you all the necessary links shortly before the course begins.
If you are interested in how the course was developed from an educational perspective, there is a blog post here.

Radiotherapy and Radiation Oncology Professionals

The proliferation of new hybrid MRI/Linac machines has resulted in a big influx of radiotherapy professionals to our courses. We are the preferred education provider for both Elekta and Philips Medical Systems who make these machines, so be reassured you are choosing the right course with MRI in Practice Online!


Please note that due to technological restrictions the online course is only available to people who are physically located in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Singapore. Please do not apply if you will be in any other geographical location when the course is presented. This is due to time-zone synchronisation with Our website automatically serves the content at the programme times according to AEDT.

Example Programme Timings

LocationProgramme StartsProgramme Ends
Perth (AWST)05:00am15:00pm
Darwin (ACST)06:30am16:30pm
Brisbane (AEST)07:00am17:00pm
Sydney (AEDT)08:00am18:00pm
Wellington (NZDT)10:00am20:00pm
Papua New Guinea07:00 am17:00pm

The only other compulsory requirement is that you have a webcam that is fully operational for the duration of the course and a microphone - this is also to conform with CPD requirements.

If you have any queries please contact


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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

Feedback from our Australian course participants, [feedback-G1].

We started collecting anonymous statistics about the Australian course in 2019. The course participants have each given us a score out of ten for the elements described below.

Our current level of satisfaction for the course as a whole is [feedback-F1]/100. This is the average participant rating for all of our most recent international courses

The scores for our latest Australian course (data collected from [feedback-A27] participants on [feedback-A23]) are shown below.

The Course

Our delegates described the course as...

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Delegate comments about recent Australian courses

  • Analogies used to explain concepts were fantastic. CGI images were exceptional. Wonderful delivery of lectures from both Catherine and John.

  • The course was excellent. Your ability to keep the interest in the subject without making it feel like the course is dragging, is a testament to the ability of the presenters. Blown away by the whole course.

  • I wish my undergrad MRI physics was presented like this.

  • Great online platform,
    Live Q&A,
    Fantastic graphics,
    Excellent introduction & foundation for MRI

  • This course was fantastic!!
    Every word that was spoken was pure gold and informative.
    I learnt so much. Great analogies, great animations. FANTASTIC!

  • Liked online delivery for pausing lecture reasons
    Loved content- brilliant teachers
    Made complex concepts understood with excellent graphics and analogies
    Real- world applications
    Friendly, knowledgeable, fun teachers
    Well worth the cost.

  • I liked the ability to go through it at our own pace- having enough time to do so and pause and write down important things.
    The graphics to assist in such thing helped immensely !

  • The course was amazing. I've been telling my friends about it.
    I watched the videos at 1.5 speed so that combined with the extra 15 minutes gave me time to pause and take notes and rewind bits.

  • The ability to take the lecture more or less at my own pace so i could take notes.
    It was a flexible delivery but structured enough that i knew i would find answers if i needed them.
    Instructors are great and very down to earth!

  • I liked the simplicity in which everything was explained.
    Being a radiation therapist with with no previous experience in MRI this was super helpful.

  • I love that it was a combined distance and live teaching format which kept everyone in sync with some flexibility.

  • I thought it was very well put together and can’t think of anything to improve it.

  • Content is extremely well presented and explained. The k-space lectures summarise everything really well.
    It all starts to make sense.
    Ability to pause and rewind was very helpful to revisit things that I may have missed.

  • I liked having the course in the luxury of my own home ... at my own pace.

  • The content was great.
    The graphics were really helpful.
    there was a lot of depth to the presentations.

*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:

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.

Our Participants!

If you have attended one of our recent Australian courses, you might just find yourself in one of the photos below. Visit our Flickr page if you would like the full size copy as a souvenir!

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