Education and training: radiology

The Southampton practical cardiac MRI course

19 to 23 June 2017
Southampton General Hospital

Our five day course covers the theory and practical applications of cardiac MRI (CMR), and is running for its seventh year. It's designed for a small number of delegates, to allow for hands-on workstation experience, small group tutorials and live scanning sessions. Emphasis is on developing the practical skills and knowledge to perform CMR.

This course includes 14 hours of didactic lectures, four hours of observed live case scanning and 13 hours of workstation based tutorials and case reviews. The programme covers the physics of basic magnetic resonance through to advanced cardiac techniques including the practical application of the theory to optimise image acquisition.

Clinical topics covered include

  • cardiac anatomy and function
  • late gadolinium enhancement
  • cardiomyopathies
  • basic congenital heart disease
  • stress imaging with both adenosine and dobutamine.

Siemens provide the workstations for the afternoon sessions, with two delegates to each workstation. Afternoon sessions will cover CMR post-processing techniques, and approximately 50 case reviews. Cases not reviewed during the course sessions will be provided electronically for private study.

Target audience

The course is aimed at Radiologists and Cardiologists with no or limited previous experience in CMR who wish to gain the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to perform successful CMR examinations. It is appropriate for both consultant grade clinicians and trainees.

Educational objectives

  • Understanding of MRI physics as applied to CMR
  • Principles of performing a successful and safe CMR examination
  • Knowledge of the role of CMR in clinical practice and appropriate indications
  • Practical skills to perform CMR post-processing including LV & RV function analysis and flow analysis
  • Knowledge of the indications and contra-indications for stress CMR and to perform and report stress CMR
  • Review and analysis of clinical CMR cases.

The lectures and clinical cases can contribute towards SCMR accreditation and training logbooks for the cardiology and radiology training programmes. Certificates of completion of the course and clinical case logbook will be issued.

31 CME points have previously been awarded for this course and have been applied for.


The course will be delivered by a team of consultants, physicists and radiographers, with extensive CMR experience and long history of running successful courses. The physics course will once again be delivered by Dr John Ridgway who has an international reputation and expertise in teaching CMR physics.

Course directors

Dr Charles Peebles
Dr James Shambrook


100% of delegates from the previous course would recommend it to their colleagues. Comments include:

  • "Excellent course"
  • "Fantastic cases"
  • "Very pleasing that there were workstations to use/great facilities"
  • "Friendly and approachable lecturers"
  • "Comprehensive course materials supplied"


Heartbeat Education Centre, Southampton General Hospital, Tremona Road, Southampton, Hampshire SO16 6YD.


£1400 for the five day course including a welcome dinner and course dinner.

Preferential rates for accommodation have been arranged at the Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton. A code will be provided on request (see registration form). Transport will be provided daily between the hotel and the course venue free of charge.

Contact details

Registration: Kathy Lacey by email
Clinical enquiries: Dr Charles Peebles by email

You can download the registration form and programme for the course.