SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB824235
Module Leader Sharon Stewart
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Radiotherapy
  • B (January start)

Summary of Content

This module provides the theoretical underpinning of MRI principles and the opportunity of integration with its application in practice. The overall aim of the module is to enhance professional development, providing advanced theoretical knowledge linked to practice, resulting in improved patient outcomes and service delivery. The content covers the application of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in body imaging, with consideration of its role in the investigative and management pathways in a variety of pathologies & conditions, including oncological, neurological and musculoskeletal. An overview of the basic concepts & physical principles will offer an understanding of the strengths & limitations of the modality, which enables the opportunity for involvement in informed & appropriate decision making, as part of the wider Multi-disciplinary Team.


Theoretical principles of : -360b7 Fundamental theory of MRI b7 Selection & Optimisation of Routine protocols & sequences -360b7 Essential MR safety and critical departmental procedures, including safety screening b7 The role of traditional MR contrast agents (Gadolinium); Patient management & psychological Care issues (Anxiety, Claustrophobia, Interpersonal skills). b7 The role of MR imaging in the patient pathway. b7 Imaging of the musculoskeletal system. b7 Imaging of the central nervous system. b7 MR Angiography b7 Imaging of the abdomen and pelvis b7 Cross sectional anatomy applied to common pathologies. Supervised Practice: -360b7 Application of theory to practice.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1. Evaluate the range of MRI instrumentation using knowledge of the physical principles of MRI. 2. Critically analyse and evaluate the rationale for the selection of different sequences and discuss the importance of the optimisation of sequence selection. 3. Critically appraise and evaluate cross-sectional images, including the discrimination of relevant normal and abnormal anatomy, common pathologies and artefacts. 4. Assess and evaluate the potential implications of MRI safety.5. Justify the role of MRI contrast agents.6. Critically assess and reflect on the role of the MRI radiographer within the practice placement environment.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will be delivered using a blended learning approach. Teaching and learning methods will include keynote lectures, group workshops, directed learning, independent learning and seminar presentations . Directed learning will include a workbook of activities for completion in the practice setting to allow for integration of theory with practice. International students will be allocated supervised practice within the clinical setting to accommodate this. The GCULearn Virtual Learning Environment will be used as an interactive teaching resource to facilitate and enhance learning throughout the module. Students will be encouraged to engage in professional discussion and debate in the sharing and exchange of knowledge and ideas gained from individual experiences and critical evaluation of literature.

Indicative Reading

e-books DALE B. M.,BROWN M. A., SEMELKA R. C., 2015, MRI Basic Principles. [online] 5 th ed. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons. Available from <> McROBBIE DW, MOORE E. A., GRAVES M. J., PRINCE M. R., 2009, MRI from Picture to Proton . [online] 2 nd ed. Cambridge. Cambridge University Press. Available from <> WESTBROOK C., 2014, Handbook of MRI Technique. [online] 4 th ed. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons. Available from <> MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Body), 2015, Safety Guidelines for Magnetic Resonance Imaging Equipment in Clinical Use. London, Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency. Available from <> Hard Copy Book SHELLOCK F. G & CRUES J. V., 2013, MRI Bioeffects , Safety & Patient Management. Playa Del Ray. Biomedical Research Publishing Group. Cross sectional anatomy text: BOWDEN D. J., DIXON A.K. LOGAN B. M., ELLIS H., 2015, Human Sectional Anatomy: Atlas of Body Sections CT & MRI Images. [online] 4 th ed. Boka Raton. CRC Press. Available from. <>

Transferrable Skills

In undertaking this module students will have the opportunity to develop and consolidate skills in the following areas: critical enquiry; clinical decision making; clinical problem solving; critical reflection; accessing information sources; critical reading and appraising the literature; evaluation of practice; communication; debate, presentation and dissemination of work; organisational and time management; peer learning and group work; personal/professional development planning; utilisation of technology and equipment; independent study; team working; patient care; inter professional collaboration .

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Directed Learning (PT) 108.00
Independent Learning (FT) 124.00
Assessment (PT) 20.00
Directed Learning (FT) 108.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00
Independent Learning (PT) 124.00
Tutorials (FT) 24.00
Tutorials (PT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 50% Portfolio (2000 words)
Exam (School) 2.00 50.00 50% OSMRE exam hosted on GCULearn.