LOADING HANDBOOK of MRI TECHNIQUE ONLINE
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Welcome

Welcome to the Handbook of MRI Technique Online.
This is an online MRI course presented by Dr Catherine Westbrook and Dr John Talbot.

The course is based on our book of the same name and is intended for MRI practitioners who are relatively new to the field and wish to get up to speed with the fundamentals of MRI and clinical MRI technique. In some countries this course is offered free, as a clinical-technique adjunct to our MRI in Practice Online course. We therefore recommend that anyone living in Australia, Europe and North America apply for the MRI in Practice Online course, you can find full details here. There is also a shortened version of the handbook course available to you (for example if you have attended the MRI in Practice course in previous years and would now like to access the five clinical presentations).

If, however, you live in a country where the MRI in Practice course is not yet available, you can still watch the full Handbook of MRI Course from this website.
The course may also be of interest to assistant practitioners and other professionals in the field of medical imaging.

There are a total of ten lectures that cover the basics of MRI, pulse sequences, protocol parameters, image quality and MRI artefacts and MRI technique for the most commonly requested body areas.

The lectures are accessed on-demand and are as follows:

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01: The Fundamental Principles of MRI (Presented by Dr John Talbot)


About this Presentation

In this lecture John examines the fundamental principles behind MRI scanning, looking at magnetism, resonance and image production.

Duration: 32:24

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02: Protocol Parameters and Tradeoffs (Presented by Dr John Talbot)


About this Presentation

One of the key skills for an MRI practitioner is the ability to manipulate a multitude of pulse sequence parameters to achieve the optimum diagnostic scan in the time available. In this presentation, John introduces the most important factors in image quality, explains what effect they have on image contrast and acquisition time, and highlights some of the most common trade-offs that are required when combining these imaging options.

Duration: 42:17

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03: MRI Pulse Sequences and Image Contrast (Presented by Dr John Talbot)


About this Presentation

In this lecture John looks at the basic MRI pulse sequences and explains how they are manipulated to generate contrast on the images. Full understanding of this lecture requires you to have watched presentations 01 and 02 covering basic principles and protocol parameters.

Whenever we perform an MRI scan we tend to use a protocol designed for each body area. A protocol is defined as a procedure or a set of rules for carrying out the examination and involves the grouping together of a number of MRI pulse sequences that will provide the best diagnostic outcome for the indications given on the request form.
A pulse sequence is defined as a set of RF pulses, magnetic field gradient applications and intervening time periods. There are many different kinds of pulse sequence, but this presentation covers the generic types of sequence used in MRI, Spin echo, Fast Spin Echo, Inversion Recovery and Gradient Echo (Rewound, Balanced and Spoiled).


Duration: 43.59

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04: An A-Z of MRI Artefacts (Presented by Dr John Talbot)


About this Presentation

There are many different processes going on simultaneously during an MRI acquisition - each of which having sensitivity to numerous potential errors and pitfalls. It is no surprise, therefore, that MRI images are prone to numerous artefactual appearances. The good news is that many of these image quality issues can be prevented or remedied. The aim of this short presentation is simply to provide examples of each artefact allowing the viewer to recognise them when they crop up in clinical practice. In addition, for each artefact listed, a short explanation is provided to describe how the artefact may be reduced.

Duration: 26.02

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05: Patient Care and MRI Safety (Presented by Dr John Talbot)


About this Presentation

MRI Safety is a very wide and deep topic, however, this lecture provides a very useful and concise overview, intended to introduce you to the topic as a whole, but without going particularly deep into each area.
If you are new to MRI or perhaps are considering going into this field all of the content here will be essential viewing.
Topics include patient care, the effects of the spatially-varying field, radio-frequencies and time-varying gradient fields.


Duration: 39:39

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06: MRI of the Brain (Presented by Dr Catherine Westbrook)


About this Presentation

In this presentation Cathy discusses the basic anatomical landmarks in the brain, the common indications for MRI, and the type of equipment needed to scan the brain. She also describes how to set up the patient and factors that need to be considered when caring for patients during examinations in this area.

Routine protocols are outlined and why they may be used, when contrast agents may be required and finally Cathy provides a brief overview of some artefacts seen in brain imaging.

This presentation aims to provide a summary of key practical points.

Duration: 31:34

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07: MRI of the Spine (Presented by Dr Catherine Westbrook)


About this Presentation

In this presentation Cathy discusses the basic anatomical landmarks in the spine, the common indications for MRI requests for spinal imaging, and the type of equipment needed to scan the spine. She also describes how to set up the patient and factors that need to be considered when caring for patients during examinations in this area.

Routine protocols are outlined and why they may be used, when contrast agents may be required and finally Cathy provides a brief overview of some artefacts seen in spine imaging.

This presentation aims to provide a summary of key practical points.

Duration: 28:49

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08: MRI of the Body (Presented by Dr Catherine Westbrook)


About this Presentation

This presentation focuses on the three most commonly requested anatomical areas in MRI body-imaging, the breast, liver and prostate gland. Cathy identifies the basic anatomical landmarks, the common indications for MRI of these areas and the type of equipment needed to scan them. She also describes how to set up the patient - and outlines the factors that need to be considered when caring for patients during MRI examinations of the body.

Routine protocols are provided with a rationale as to why they may be used, when contrast agents may be required, and finally, a brief overview of image quality issues specific to each area.



Duration: 31:31

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09: MRI of the Upper Limb (Presented by Dr Catherine Westbrook)


About this Presentation

The shoulder, elbow and wrist are commonly-imaged joints using MRI. The long bones – the humerus, radius and ulna - can also be visualised but are not frequently requested.

In this presentation Cathy looks at the basic anatomical landmarks in the shoulder, elbow and wrist, outlines the common indications for MRI of these joints and the type of equipment needed to scan them.. She also describes how to set up the patient - and factors that need to be considered when caring for patients during examinations in these areas.

Finally Cathy identifies routine protocols and why they may be used, when contrast agents may be required and finally provides a brief overview of some image quality issues - commonly seen in MRI of the joints of the upper limb.


Duration: 30:16

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10: MRI of the Lower Limb (Presented by Dr Catherine Westbrook)


About this Presentation

The joints of the hip, knee and ankle are commonly imaged using MRI.

In this presentation Cathy discusses the basic anatomical landmarks in the hip, knee, and ankle, the common indications for MRI of these joints, and the type of equipment needed to scan them. Cathy also describes how to set up the patient - and factors that need to be considered when caring for patients during examinations of these anatomical areas.

Cathy goes on to outline routine protocols - and explain why they may be used, when contrast agents may be required , and finally provides a brief overview of some image quality issues, commonly seen in MRI of the joints of the lower limb.

Duration: 35:33

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Requirements

The lectures are viewed as streaming videos and require a Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge browser. To access the lectures you will need to register with this site (free registration) and then purchase credits to watch each lecture. Packs of credits are discounted depending on the number purchased. Each lecture costs between £2.50 and £4.00 depending on the discount applied.

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The digital-rights protection on our lecture videos requires you to register according to your geographical location.
Where are you located?

Africa

The course is available to all African countries.
Registration is free.

Australasia

Good news! This entire course is offered completely free at no extra charge when you attend the MRI in Practice Course in your country. Two courses for the price of one!
Find out more from our companion website mrieducation.com.

If you would like to watch the five clinical technique lectures, they can be accessed from this website. These are aimed at radiographers who are new to MRI and need to get up to speed with clinical technique. These lectures may also be of interest to people who have already attended the MRI in Practice course, but before the clinical content was included.

Registration is free.

Asia & Middle East

The course is available to all Asian countries.
Registration is free.

Europe

Good news! This entire course is offered completely free at no extra charge when you attend the MRI in Practice Course in your country. Two courses for the price of one!
Find out more from our companion website mrieducation.com.

If you would like to watch the five clinical technique lectures, they can be accessed from this website. These are aimed at radiographers who are new to MRI and need to get up to speed with clinical technique. These lectures may also be of interest to people who have already attended the MRI in Practice course, but before the clinical content was included.

Registration is free.

South America

The course is available to all South American Countries.
Registration is free.

Good news! This entire course is offered completely free at no extra charge when you attend the MRI in Practice Course in your country. Two courses for the price of one!
Find out more from our companion website mrieducation.com.

United Kingdom

Good news! This course is offered free as part of the MRI in Practice Course in your country.
Find out more from our companion website mrieducation.com.

If you would like to watch the five clinical technique lectures, they can be accessed from this website. These are aimed at radiographers who are new to MRI and need to get up to speed with clinical technique. These lectures may also be of interest to people who have already attended the MRI in Practice course, but before the clinical content was included.

Registration is free.

USA and Canada

Good news! This course is offered free as part of the MRI in Practice Course in your country.
Find out more from our companion website mrieducation.com.

If you would like to watch the five clinical technique lectures, they can be accessed from this website. These are aimed at radiographers who are new to MRI and need to get up to speed with clinical technique. These lectures may also be of interest to people who have already attended the MRI in Practice course, but before the clinical content was included.

Registration is free.

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