SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MMB824489
Module Leader Sharon Stewart
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Diagnostic Imaging
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Practicing radiographer with evidence of exposure to practice & background knowledge in MRI. UK based students undertaking Magnetic Resonance Imaging Principles and Practice have to be working in practice and have an agreement to have at least 72 hours of clinical time in MRI.

Summary of Content

This theory practice 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 MRI Practice; -360 o application of theory to practice in various areas including:- -360a7 Imaging of the musculoskeletal system. -360a7 Imaging of the central nervous system. a7 MR Angiography a7 Imaging of the abdomen and pelvis -360b7 Cross sectional anatomy applied to common pathologies.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:1. Appraise the physical principles of MRI and evaluate the range of MRI instrumentation. 2. Critically 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

Teaching and learning methods will include keynote lectures, group workshops, directed learning, independent learning, seminar presentations and supervised practice allowing the student to consolidate theory within practice. Students will normally spend a minimum of 72 hours in practice. The completion of a workbook related to practice is a compulsory piece of formative assessment. 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 practice experiences and critical evaluation of literature.

Indicative Reading

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. <> 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 <> 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 <> SHELLOCK F. G & CRUES J. V., 2013, MRI Bioeffects , Safety & Patient Management. Playa Del Ray. Biomedical Research Publishing Group. WESTBROOK C., 2014, Handbook of MRI Technique. [online] 4 th ed. Chichester: John Wiley and Sons. Available from <>

Transferrable Skills

Participation in this module will enable the student to develop transferable skills associated with Masters level study including: -360b7 Working in a self-directed manner, taking responsibility for own learning and personal development and where appropriate practice competence. b7 Developing study and ICT skills; information literacy, media literacy, digital creation, and digital research and scholarship to underpin effective learning. -360b7 Developing knowledge and understanding in the context of a subject, which can be transferred within different clinical settings. b7 Demonstrate critical thinking and problem solving skills in a range of situations. b7 Developing communication skills, written, oral, listening, and presentational. b7 Evidencing enhanced cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills Underpin professional practice through: the integration of theory with practice; Reflection on practice and reflection in practice; Structuring of professional development activities; Depth of practice knowledge.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Placement 72.00
Assessment (FT) 30.00
Tutorials (FT) 14.00
Independent Learning (FT) 170.00
Lectures (FT) 14.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 45% Portfolio (2500 words)
Exam (Dept) 01 2.00 50.00 45% OSMRE exam hosted on GCULearn.