School of MRI

School of MRI 2023 Programme

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eLearning: Comprehensive Course on Practical MR Physics for clinicians, biologists, radiographers and technologists

Part I: September 5, September 12, September 19, September 26, 2023
Part II: October 10, October 17, October 24, October 31, 2023

17:00 – 18:00 CEST

(CET for module 8 on October 31)

This eLearning course is divided into 8 modules, each 60 minutes long (2 parts of 4 modules each). Understand the process of image formation and get to know sequences of basic and advanced clinical MR imaging.

Course Organisers
Melanie Bauer & Xeni Deligianni, Basel CH

Online live course (8 modules – 2 parts with independent registrations).

Confirmation of Attendance
To receive the confirmation of attendance, participants have to join a minimum of 2 modules out of 4 per part.

Certificate of Competency
To receive a certificate of competency participants have to pass a multiple-choice test after the completion of the course. The multiple-choice test should be taken within one week after the end of the modules.

All modules will be recorded and recordings will be provided to registered participants for 4 weeks after the end of the course.



  Early Fee Part 1
(until August 1)
Early Fee Part 2
(until September 1)
Late Fee Part 1
(from August 2)
Late Fee Part 2
(from September 2)
ESMRMB Regular Member 100.00 € 100.00 € 130.00 € 130.00 €
ESMRMB Junior/Radiographer Member 50.00 € 50.00 € 80.00 € 80.00 €
ESR Member* 150.00 € 150.00 € 180.00 € 180.00 €
ESR Junior/Radiographer Member* 80.00 € 80.00 € 110.00 € 110.00 €
Non-Member 200.00 € 200.00 € 230.00 € 230.00 €
Junior/Radiographer Non-Member 100.00 € 100.00 € 130.00 € 130.00 €

*requires proof of membership and status

Bundle Price available! Receive a € 20 discount, if you book both parts before August 1, 2023 (choose ticket group “Part I + Part II Bundle” at registration)!

ESMRMB Members can benefit from discounted member rates. Please ensure an active and paid ESMRMB 2023 membership before registering. If your membership is pending some documents/proofs for activation might be missing.

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Registration Deadline
Online registration will close on September 4, 20:00 CEST for Part I and on October 9, 20:00 CEST for Part II.

Link to Online Course
The link to join will be send to you (shortly) before the course.

Terms and Conditions
Terms & Conditions 2023


ISMRM endorsed
This educational event is endorsed by ISMRM – International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine


Clinicians, biologists, MR radiographers and MR technologists with little physical and mathematical background.



You have already heard about spins and k-space? Do you want to learn more about the basics but also about aspects relevant to your daily MRI practice?
ESMRMB offers you an online eLearning course on practical MR physics for clinicians, biologists, radiographers and technicians who work with MRI or have an interest in using MRI for research. Participants do not necessarily need extensive experience in MR techniques and MR physics. The course  helps you to deepen your knowledge and prepares you for facing problems, questions and pitfalls in your daily MRI routine and research.
The eLearning course consists of 8 modules of 60 minutes, which take place once a week and a self-assessment test. Each module consists of a presentation in the form of a live lecture given by experienced teachers and, additionally, offers the possibility of direct interaction with the speaker during the lecture, as well as dedicated question/answer time at the end of each module.
The course is divided in 2 parts with independent registrations. A minimum number of attendance is required for a certificate, but all lectures are recorded and available on demand. Passing the self-assessment test additionally offers a certificate of competence.



Attendance of the course on practical MR physics for clinicians, biologists, radiographers and technicians will enable you to:

  • profoundly understand signal and contrast generation in MR images at different conditions (morphological, biophysical and technical), as well as introduction to MR spectroscopy
  • enhance your understanding of image formation in MRI
  • use basic and advanced MR sequences for your clinical questions and avoid pitfalls
  • assess and enhance image quality by optimizing sequence and imaging parameters
  • understand advanced MRI techniques such as diffusion imaging, perfusion sequences, functional MRI
  • interpret MR images back to tissue components and functional activities
  • ensure safe application of MRI by knowing the involved hardware components and basic safety risks



Part I: Basic MRI Principles

  1. The Physical Basis of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Jan Hövener
  2. Basics of Image Formation, Felix Breuer
  3. Advanced Reconstruction Techniques, Sebastian Kozerke
  4. Basic Sequences and Image Quality, Jochen Leupold

Part II: Advanced and Applied MRI Principles

  1. Fat Suppression and Introduction to Quantitative Imaging, Jessica Bastiaansen
  2. Diffusion and Beyond, Cornelius Faber
  3. More Clinical Sequences, Contrast Agents & Contrast-enhanced MR Angiography, Ilona Dekkers
  4. MR Safety, Francesco Santini



The Physical Basis of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance
Tuesday, 5th of September 2023, 5pm CEST
Lecturer: Jan Hövener, Kiel/ DE

  • Spin and magnetic moment
  • Spin precession and Larmor frequency
  • Magnetic properties of nuclei
  • Spin-lattice relaxation
  • Transverse magnetization and transverse relaxation
  • Radiofrequency pulse, return to equilibrium and the magnetic resonance signal
  • Information available from NMR, Clinical spectroscopy


Basics of Image Formation
Tuesday, 12th of September 2023, 5pm CEST
Lecturer: Felix Breuer, Würzburg/ DE

  • Introduction to magnetic resonance imaging and to Fourier Transform
  • Magnetic field gradients
  • Spatial encoding
  • Slice / volume selection
  • Frequency encoding
  • Phase encoding
  • 2D / 3D k-space
  • Image reconstruction
  • Image resolution
  • FOV / aliasing


Advanced Reconstruction Techniques
Tuesday, 19th of September 2023, 5pm CEST
Lecturer: Sebastian Kozerke, Zürich/ CH

  • Magnetic field variations: chemical shift vs. Gradients
  • Image reconstruction
  • Sampling techniques
  • Parallel imaging
  • Compressed sensing
  • Machine learning/ AI for speeding reconstruction


Basic clinical sequences and image quality
Tuesday, 26th of September 2023, 5pm CEST
Lecturer: Jochen Leupold, Freiburg/ DE

  • Gradient echo and Spin echo
  • Basic contrasts: T1, T2 and proton density
  • Fast imaging: SSFP and RARE
  • Contrast in SSFP and RARE sequences
  • Sequence-independent influences on SNR
  • The impact of readout bandwidth



Fat Suppression and Introduction to Quantitative Imaging
Tuesday, 10th of October 2023, 5pm CEST
Lecturer: Jessica Bastiaansen, Bern/ CH

  • Different fat suppression techniques: STIR, FatSat, SPAIR, water excitation, Dixon imaging
  • Quantitative T1 and T2 mapping
  • MR fingerprinting, Quantitative Parameter Mapping
  • More examples and organs of interest for quantitative imaging


Diffusion and Beyond
Tuesday, 17th of October 2022, 5pm CEST
Lecturer: Cornelius Faber, Münster/DE

  • Diffusion
  • Perfusion
  • Functional MRI
  • Susceptibility weighted imaging


More Clinical Sequences, Contrast Agents & Contrast-enhanced MR Angiography
Tuesday, 24th of October 2023, 5pm CEST
Lecturer: Ilona Dekkers, Leiden/ NL

  • Flow effects in MRI
  • MRA: Dark Blood (FSE, IR, SWI) vs. Bright Blood
  • MRA: Bright Blood Non-Contrast Enhanced( ToF, PC, SSFP, FSE, ASL)
  • MRA: Bright Blood Contrast-Enhanced
  • Introduction to contrast agents
  • Gadolinium based
  • Special contrast agents
  • Safety of contrast agents


MR Safety
Tuesday, 31st of October 2023, 5pm CET
Lecturer: Francesco Santini, Basel/ CH

  • The B0 field: biological effects and ferromagnetic attraction
  • The Gradient fields: biological effects, acoustic noise, and interaction with implants
  • The RF field: SAR, focal heating, and implants
  • The thought processes of an MR safety professional

ESMRMB-GREC Meeting 2023


The ESMRMB-GREC meeting is designed as a unique context aimed at sharing ideas and data on MRI contrast agents research and possible gadolinium toxicity after the administration of gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs). We believe that joint international efforts will remain essential to optimize diagnostic efficacy and improve patient safety in MR imaging. Since 2016, the ESMRMB-GREC has adapted the contents of the discussion to current hot topics and has evolved in style even in difficult circumstances imposed by the pandemic restrictions.


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Current cardiac MRI technique: A primer for clinical practice

February 27, 2023, 17:00 CET | Online Live Webinar

The webinar will include practical technical tips to perform Cardiac MRI and didactic learning skills to evaluate the indications of Cardiac MRI.


The recording is now available for members in our online educational video library.
View the recording here (log-in required)!


Registration is closed.

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Learning Objectives

  • Provide the current optimal protocol for a Cardiac MRI
  • Show all aspects from indications to methods, to know how on scanning and post-processing
  • How to read and report the significant and relevant findings


To gain knowledge and practical skills to update and optimize the protocol combined with how to interpret, and what are the significant findings related to heart disease

Target Group

Radiologists, cardiologists or any professional (technical/clinician) who would like to become more confident in reading or performing Cardiac MR to improve management of heart disease.


Speaker – Bernd J. Wintersperger, Toronto/CA
Moderator – Kai Vilanova, Girona/ES

17:00 – 17:05 Introduction to the Webinar
17:05 – 17:45 Current cardiac MRI technique: a primer for clinical practice
Bernd J. Wintersperger
17:45 – 18:00 Q&A


Course Organiser

Kai Vilanova, Girona/ES


Current bone marrow MRI sequences: A primer for daily practice

May 18, 2023, 17:00 CET | Online Webinar

The webinar will include technical basis of MRI morphological and advanced bone marrow MRI sequences, showing the tips and tricks in the MRI assessment of bone marrow


This webinar will be provided free of charge. The recording will be made available to active ESMRMB members.

Register here!

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Speaker – Kai Vilanova, Girona/ES

17:00 – 17:05 Introduction to the Webinar
17:05 – 17:45 Bone Marrow MRI update: from reconversion to infiltration
Kai Vilanova
17:45 – 18:00 Q&A

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the physical basis of morphological and advanced bone marrow MRI sequences
  • Build an efficient whole-body protocol for bone marrow assessment
  • Review tips and tricks in the MRI assessment of bone marrow


To gain knowledge and practical skills to update and optimize current sequences to analyze bone marrow, and the significant findings to distinguish reconversion from infiltration

Target Group

Radiologists or any professional (technical/clinician) who would like to become more confident on the technical sequences and assessment of bone marrow to interpret and distinguish reconversion from infiltration

Course Organiser

Kai Vilanova, Girona/ES



May 18-20, 2023 | Berlin/GERMANY

Welcome to this new joint course in collaboration with ESMRMB – European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology!

The course will be organized in cycles repeating every 2 years. Each cycle consists of 4 modules of 2 to 3 days each.

This module 3 will be on Diffusion MRI and will be held as a live onsite meeting on 18-20 May in Berlin, Germany.

The aim of this course is to convey in-depth knowledge about functional fMRI (both task-related and resting fMRI). Both variants are used extensively in clinical practice, but at the same time are highly dependent on acquisition and post-processing which affects interpretation. Additionally, clinical situations such as peritumoral edema, may interfere with fMRI signal. This course module is organized along the main diseases in which these techniques are used most frequently: presurgical tumor mapping, epilepsy, neurodegeneration. In this way, technical and clinical aspects are addressed jointly, providing a profound insight on how to best tailor imaging protocols to specific clinical questions, and how to interpret findings in the context of a specific imaging technique. These topics are taught using a mixture of lectures, case-based workshops, and panel discussions.

Course Directors

ESNR: Sven Haller
ESMRMB: Marion Smits

Participation Requirements:

The course is taught at the advanced level and builds on the ECNR as well as the ESMRMB School of MRI programmes. Participants are physicians with good knowledge of MRI techniques in a clinical neuroradiological context as well as technicians, radiographers and scientist with clinical interest.

Website with all details & registration

European Course on Advanced Imaging Techniques in Neuroradiology

ESMRMB Members can benefit from the discounted member rates. Please contact ESMRMB Central Office at to obtain the discount code to complete your registration according to your membership type. Please add the discount code in the discount code field on the last step of the registration process.

ESOR (European School of Radiology)

ESMRMB is happy to announce its collaboration with the European School of Radiology (ESOR) – an institution, fulfilling the mission of the European Society of Radiology (ESR) in the field of education. One of its main goals is to assist in harmonising radiological education in Europe. With its wide range of activities ESOR additionally aims to raise standards in the field of scientific radiology, to extend and coordinate teaching resources worldwide and to help young radiologists to achieve the knowledge and skills to fulfil tomorrow’s requirements.