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Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy course

Course dates

1 - 3 November 2021


The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, Downs Road, Sutton, Surrey, UK


The course has been running at the current venue since 1998. It gives an introduction to methods and applications of biomedical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and spectroscopy, assuming no prior knowledge of the principles of magnetic resonance.

The course is intended to be useful both for NHS physicists who deal with MRI in a clinical setting, and for scientists (such as postdocs and PhD students new to the field) performing research in the field of in vivo NMR. It includes the opportunity to virtually observe measurements demonstrated on one of the Siemens 1.5T MR systems, installed at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust. A provisional lecture list is available below.

The course assumes some familiarity with general principles of physics, but no specific knowledge of magnetic resonance.

Group tutorials are included to give students the opportunity to discuss the material in small groups, and to perform simple exercises to reinforce and extend the teaching of the formal lectures.

The course begins at 9.30am on Monday 1 November 2021, and finishes late afternoon on Wednesday 3 November 2021. One-and-a-half-hour virtual group demonstrations may be included as part of the course on the Monday or Tuesday evenings. 

The course is approved for CPD by the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM).

Provisional Lecture List

  • Basis of NMR
  • Relaxation Parameters and Spin Echoes
  • Magnetic Field Gradients, Slice Selection and Frequency Encoding
  • 2D FT Imaging, k-space
  • Basic Imaging Sequences: Spin-echo and Gradient Echo
  • Hardware - Magnets, Gradients and Eddy Currents
  • Image Contrast, Resolution and Factors Affecting Signal-to-Noise
  • Hardware - RF Requirements and RF Coils
  • MRI in Practice
  • Image Artefacts
  • Safety Considerations
  • Introduction to in vivo MR Spectroscopy
  • Single-voxel MRS
  • Introduction to Spectroscopic Imaging (CSI)
  • Processing MRS Data
  • Advanced Pulse Sequences and Techniques
  • MRI in Radiotherapy Planning
  • Flow and Angiography
  • Introduction to Perfusion, Diffusion and Functional MRI
  • Clinical Examples of MR

Most lectures will be 45 minutes in duration.

Provisional List of Lecturers

  • Dr M Blackledge – ICR and RMH, Sutton
  • Dr G Charles-Edwards – Guy's and St Thomas Hospitals, London
  • Dr K De Paepe – ICR and RMH, Sutton
  • Dr S Doran – ICR and RMH, Sutton
  • Dr M Graves – Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge
  • Dr E Kousi – ICR and RMH, Sutton
  • Dr P Murphy – GlaxoSmithKline R&D, Uxbridge, Middlesex
  • Dr M Orton - ICR and RMH, Sutton
  • Dr GS Payne – ICR and RMH, Sutton
  • Dr M Rata – ICR and RMH, Sutton
  • Dr M Schmidt – ICR and RMH, Sutton
  • Professor G Barker – Kings College, London
  • Dr J Winfield – Guy's and St Thomas Hospitals, London

Course fees

Standard rate: £530/€595 with reduced rates of £420/€470 for NHS/Univ/IPEM/Part 2, and £225/€250 for students and Part 1 trainees (verification letter confirming student status from supervisor required).

The closing date for registration is  Friday 15 October 2021. Applications from outside the UK are welcome. The number of participants will be limited to 40, so early booking is advised. The cost includes lecture notes.

Related documents

Lecture Synopses (PDF)

Suggested Reading (PDF)

Sutton Site Map (PDF)


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