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  1. Continuing Professional Development
  2. Cardiac MRI: Radiography Techniques and Clinical Applications
    1. 2021
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Cardiac MRI: Radiography techniques and clinical applications CPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

This module enables you to study the principles of Cardiac MRI and its common clinical application in a variety of cardiac conditions. It will provide background knowledge on the physics of MRI and suggest optimisation techniques for improved image quality and a robust patient safety framework. This course is tailored to address the needs of busy clinical practitioners, residents or research fellows who have just started working in cardiac MRI. It is also a useful module for those who have the clinical experience without the theoretical underpinnings.

Content outline

This module will discuss patient safety and patient care in cardiac MRI, including preparation for the ECG. It will offer you a refresher on the related physical principles and expand further on planning, MRI sequences used for imaging cardiac anatomy and function. You will also learn detailed cardiac anatomy and frequently encountered pathology. You will interact with anonymised video recorded examples of clinical MRI examinations acquired by an expert cardiac MRI radiographer to allow for group discussion and further learning. This module is taught by academic experts and experienced clinical practitioners in cardiac MRI from collaborating teaching hospitals.

Module dates

Term 2

FEB: Tuesday 2,9 and 23 February 2021
MAR: Tuesday 2, 9 and 16 March 2021

Course outcomes

Course outcomes

Knowledge and understanding:

  • Examine the currently available cardiac MRI sequences, and their optimal use to highlight cardiac anatomy and function in normal development and in different cardiovascular disorders.
  • Explore different sequences and imaging techniques to optimise patient care and image quality.
  • Consider the need of a robust MRI safety framework for the cardiac MRI to ensure a safe examination, including for patients with a pacemaker.
  • Critically evaluate and synthesise literature on state-of-the-art clinical practice and contemporary research work related to this topic.


  • Explore the importance of the correct patient positioning, monitoring and preparation for a successful cardiac MRI examination.
  • Examine the different cardiac planning techniques to achieve a successful cardiac MRI examination.
  • Recognise basic cardiac anatomy and pathology
  • Discuss recommendations for future research and its potential benefit to advancing clinical practice and patient experience.

Values and attitudes:

  • Demonstrate respect for the intellectual work of others in the field by accurate referencing of published work
  • Respect privacy and confidentiality
  • Respect the opinions of others and behave with integrity
  • Consider the ethical and practical implications of the lack of clear patient centred care guidelines in your practice.



English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Recommended reading

Recommended reading

  • Constantinides, Christakis ,Protocols and methodologies in basic science and clinical cardiac MRI, Springer 2018
  • Syed, Mushabbar A., Raman, Subha V., Simonetti, Orlando P. Basic Principles of Cardiovascular MRI, Springer 2015
  • Captur G, Manisty C, Moon JCCardiac MRI evaluation of myocardial disease Heart 2016;102:1429-1435.
  • Michael Salerno, MD, PhD, Behzad Sharif, PhD, Håkan Arheden, MD, PhD, Andreas Kumar, MD, MSc, Leon Axel, MD, PhD, Debiao Li, PhD, and Stefan Neubauer Recent Advances in Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Techniques and Applications, Circ Cardiovasc Imaging. 2017 Jun; 10(6): e003951. doi: 10.1161/CIRCIMAGING.116.003951