RDGY30100 Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module provides an overview of the principles and clinical applications of magnetic resonance imaging in terms of its integrity from and correlation with other imaging modalities. The intention is to develop students' appreciation of the rationale for patient referral for MRI in specified clinical contexts, together with the associated benefits and limitations. The application of this knowledge will be reinforced through a number of student-centred MR image review sessions. Topics include: physical principles of MRI, MR image weighting and contrast, equipment for MRI, pulse sequences and image quality considerations, safety in the MR environment and clinical applications of MRI in the CNS, musculoskeletal system, abdomen and pelvis , including pattern recognition.

This module is associated with an MRI Stage 4 MRI Objectives sheet that must be completed post delivery of these lectures by a nominated clinical specialist radiographer through MyProgress.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge Outcomes
This module provides an overview of the pronciples and applications of MRI. On completion of this module, students should be able to:
1. Explain the essential principles of magnetic resonance imaging and the structural and operational features of an MR scanner.
2. Analyse the advantages and limitations of MRI relative to other imaging modalities for medical diagnosis and disease management.
3. Apply theoretical knowledge of the basic MR sequences in the imaging of different disease processess

Skills and Competence
This module will provide practical guidance of the use of MRI technology and theory on the evaluation of MR images over a range of body parts. On completion of this module, students should be able to
1. Critiacally analyse the quality of MR images
2. Describe the normal imaging appearances of a range of neurological, musculoskeletal and body MRI examinations
3. Identify abnormal imaging appearancces of a range of neurological, musculoskeletal and body MRI examinations

Attitudes and Quality
This module with enable the student to work effectively within an MRI unit having regard to professional and ethical considerations. On completion of this module, the student should be able to :
1. Demonstrate ability to source and analyse relevant literature and information from a range of sources with regard to clinical applications of MRI
2. Consider their role as a health care professional in delivering optimal levels of patient care and working safely within the MRI unit
3. Apply knowledge and understanding from previous modules and relate such knowledge to their learning of MRI

Indicative Module Content:

The following topics will be reviewed
Basic physics and safety of MRI
MRI of the brain and spine
MRI of the musculoskeletal system
MRI of the abdomen and pelvis
MRI of the breast

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Small Group




Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
There will be a blended learning approach to his module. The majority of lectures will be delivered face to face, with some offerings of pre recorded lectures. All material is confounded by tutorials dealing with clinical examples of all theoretical content covered. The module is broken down and delivered topic by topic, in an order that allows easy progression through the world of MRI.
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Exclusions:

This module is not offered to students who are not following the accredited Diagnostic Imaging degree.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Examination: Image based assessment addressing clinical applications addressed in the module. 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Multiple Choice Questionnaire: A multiple choice examination based on the taught material to date Week 5 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

In class general feedback will be given at a group level. Where appropriate and on request, students may seek individual feedback from the module co-ordinator

Name Role
Ms Philomena Donohoe Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Marion Maher Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Allison McGee Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Rachel Toomey Lecturer / Co-Lecturer