Preliminary clinical evaluation in MRI

Darren Hudson, MRI Clinical Lead at InHealth, reflects on a BIR event aimed at MRI radiographers to improve their awareness and interpretation of images for brain and spine.

Due to the remote nature of many static departments and the mobile service, many MRI radiographers rarely see a radiologist or have the opportunity to gain feedback from them on the quality of the scan, or how they interpret images to make a report.

This interactive workshop was held on Saturday 18 March 2017 at Nottingham Conference Centre and was organised in conjunction with Canterbury Christ Church University and supported by InHealth. It aimed to provide an overview of interpreting MR images of the lumbar and cervical spines, internal auditory meatus (IAM) and brain. There was a thorough review of normal and abnormal appearances so that radiographers are better informed to provide the most appropriate and accurate images for the radiologists and can show the correct demonstration of the area. They also learnt how to recognise when to escalate and prioritise findings accordingly.

The course was really helpful for radiographers who want to learn more about reporting skills within MRI.

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Here are some comments from attendees:

I recently attended the BIR Preliminary Clinical Evaluation in MRI event held at Nottingham Conference Centre. It was a first class event from start to finish - well organised, engaging and informative presentations, useful interactive MRI anatomy sessions topped off with an excellent lunch and stimulating company from fellow delegates.

For me (as an MRI radiographer) the benefit of this kind of event is that I gain a good general overview of the themes discussed by the expert lectures. I invariably learn something new and with the aid of presentation slides emailed to delegates after the event I can delve deeper into topics of interest in my own time. This event will certainly improve my practice and I look forward to attending similar BIR events in future.

(Mobile MRI radiographer)

It is a good course and very beneficial for radiographers particularly the ones who are new to the field of MRI. It is very stimulating as it provided a glimpse of how to report and interpret MRI scans. 

(Superintendent MRI radiographer)

I really enjoyed the course.  My favourite part was the computer room and trying to interpret the images ourselves.  I also thought it was helpful how the speakers discussed the different pathologies and how they come across differently on each type of sequence.

(MRI radiographer)

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