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St Joseph’s Cardiac MRI course for Radiographers

Date: Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th February 2022

The course will take place over two-days and will provide a unique and comprehensive experience for delegates wanting to learn more about Cardiovascular MRI.

Day one consists of didactic scientific lectures on all components of CMR given by the faculty members.

The presentations included:

  • Cardiac Anatomy 
  • ECG evaluation & Cardiac Rhythms 
  • Common CMR sequences 
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Cardiac MRI (clinical application of CMR) 
  • MR safety and Cardiac Implants 
  • Tissue characterisation and clinical application 
  • Stress Perfusion Scanning (Adenosine/Dobutamine) 
  • Aortic and vascular imaging 
  • Flow measurements with Phase-contrast imaging 

Day two involves the delegates rotating through 4 separate CMR stations comprising:

1) practice CMR scanning with guided mentorship,

2) learn how a CMR report is crafted,

3) view CMR clinical case studies,  

4) CMR image analysis and post-processing provided by a representative from Circle CVI42 (software company). 

From the outset of the course delegates are encouraged to take part in discussions to encourage learning, and relate the theoretical information provided by the presentations to clinical practice.

Time is given during and after each presentation to ask questions and revisit key areas of the course content.

At the end of each day, time is provided to reflect on the learning outcomes. The course is designed in such a way that the second days practical workshop sessions provide reaffirmation and reflection of the theory delivered by the presentations during the previous day.

At the end of the course delegates are asked to reflect on the course elements including, teaching methods, delivery, and relevance.

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For more information call: 01633 820273

On completion of the course we would expect our delegates to achieve the following learning outcomes.

  • Recognise cardiac anatomy on CMR images.
  • Have a basic understanding of how to read an ECG and understand the fundamental differences between common cardiac rhythms.
  • Examine the different pulse sequences which are utilised in cardiac MR imaging.
  • Understand the difference between common CMR sequences, and how they are optimized to provide diagnostic images of the heart.
  • How to correctly position CMR sequences through the heart to complete a diagnostic CMR protocol
  • Discuss MRI safety in CMR imaging, and the safety concerns of imaging cardiac devices.
  • Identify the clinical utilisation of various CMR sequences.
  • Be familiar with the clinical application of a stress perfusion examination.
  • Understand the clinical important of CMR in aortic and vascular imaging, including angiograms and flow.

The St Joseph’s Cardiac MRI course for Radiographers has been awarded CPD endorsement from the College of Radiographers.

An event, programme, or short course that has been endorsed by the College of Radiographers has demonstrated that the content meets the professional body’s required standards for Continued Professional Development (CPD) and a number of core CPD Now outcomes.

CPD Now is the College of Radiographers online CPD portfolio system. Endorsement is awarded by the College’s Approval and Accreditation Board.

All presentations will be provided on a flash drive during the course. Websites, research papers and links to access further CMR information will be suggested during the course.

Fees for the 2-day course (including lunch and refreshments):

  • £650 for 2 days          
  • £350 for Day 1 only.

Early bird offer of £600 for 2 days if registration and payment is received no later than 2 months before the course start date.

A group discount for delegates from the same institution is available. 4 delegates can attend the course for the price of 3.

A special corporate rate has been agreed for delegates, attending the Cardiac MR course, to stay at any of the hotels across the Celtic Manor Collection. All the hotels are within 15 minutes from St Josephs.

A special corporate identification code will be provided upon confirmation of the course booking.

Conveniently located just off the M4, allowing easy access to delegates from England and Wales

St Joseph's is located north of the city of Newport within the popular area of Malpas lying just outside the boundary of Monmouthshire. Two miles north of the M4 motorway (Junction 25A or 26), the hospital is easy to access from Cardiff, Bristol, Monmouth, and Abergavenny. Newport is often referred to as the gateway between England and Wales.

Please use postcode NP20 6ZE for satnav or smartphone directions.

St Joseph’s Hospital has ample free on-site parking.

If travelling by bus, the ‘Malpas route’, operated by Newport Transport, brings you within a short walk of the hospital. If travelling by train, Newport Central Railway Station is less than three miles away.

Course Contributors:

Dr Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci
Consultant CMR Cardiologist (Co-director of the course)
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Dr Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci MD, PhD, FESC, FRCP, FACC, FSCMR, FEACVI

Consultant CMR Cardiologist, (Co-director of the course)

Dr Bucciarelli-Ducci is a consultant cardiologist at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust in London and honorary senior lecturer at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, UK. She an honorary consultant cardiologist at the Bristol Heart Institute, University Hospitals Bristol and Weston and honorary senior lecturer at the University of Bristol, Bristol, UK where she held a substantive appointment 2010-2021.  She was awarded a PhD in Cardiac Magnetic Resonance at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London (2012). Since 2019 she is Chief Executive Officer (part-time) of the Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) with headquarters in the United States. 

She is the past European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) Vice-President and chair of the cardiac MRI section (2016-2018), within the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). She was part of the writing committee for the 2017 ESC guidelines on STEMI and the 2018 ESC/AHA/ACC/WHF 4th definition of myocardial infarction. She is a consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) (for medical imaging) of the United Nations and a consultant for the European Medicines Agency (EMA) (for MRI contrast agents) of the European Union.  

Since 2020 she is one of the deputy editors for European Heart Journal (imaging section). In addition, she is an editorial consultant for JACC Cardiovascular Imaging and in the editorial board of Circulation Imaging and of the European Heart Journal- Cardiovascular Imaging. She is a reviewer for all major cardiology and imaging journals. Her current H-index is 38, she has published 196 peer-reviewed paper with over 13,000 citations.

Mr Benny Lawton
Executive Cardiac MRI Radiographer
(Co-director of the course)
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Mr Benny Lawton, BSc(hons) PGc (Co-director of the course)

Executive Cardiac MRI Radiographer

Diagnostic radiographer with over 12 years of Cardiac mri experience. Previously employed as the Superintendent of one of the UK's largest single scanner cardiac mri units. Currently sit on the Technologist committee for the Society of Cardiac MRI (SCMR), and a faculty member for all SCMR and European Cardiac MR (EuroCMR) conferences for the last 10 years. Program committee member for the Technologist Tract for last 3 EuroCMR conferences. Present member of the Education committee for the European Society of Cardiovascular Imaging. Previously the Co-director of the Bristol Cardiac MRI Radiographers course for 5 years. Course roles: Provide presentations on a series of subjects as per course schedule including, cardiac MRI scanning technique, cardiac MRI safety, scanning patients with cardiac devices in MRI, and aorta and vascular imaging. Lead the hands on cardiac MRI imaging tutorials on day 2.

Dr Jonathan Phillips
Clinical Scientist
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Dr Jonathan Philips

Clinical Scientist

Dr Jonathan Phillips is the Magnetic Resonance Physics Lead for Swansea Bay University Health Board (SBUHB). He took on this role in April 2020, after joining Swansea University Medical School in 2012. He holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Physics, together with a PhD from The University of Bristol. He studied for his MSc at King's College London. Jon is passionate about leading the development of clinical MRI physics services.

Quantitative imaging drives his research interests, which include both the fundamental physical interpretations of the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) signal and clinical applications. Jon's main research interest is currently non-Gaussian diffusion-weighted imaging. As a registered Clinical Scientist, Jon is the Magnetic Resonance Safety Expert (MRSE) for Swansea University and SBUHB. Jon enjoys teaching and training. He lectures on various medical imaging courses and provides highly-specialised training to NHS Wales Trainee Clinical Scientists in MRI and lectures at the Pencoed Imaging Academy to trainee radiologists as part of their FRCR training.

Dr Estefania De Gárate
Senior CMR Fellow
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Dr Estefania De Gárate MD

Senior CMR Fellow

Dr De Garate is a Clinical Research Fellow at the Biomedical Research Centre, Bristol Heart Institute, where she is in her final year of completing a PhD in Cardiac MR imaging. As a member of the EACVI she is a HIT Ambassador of Venezuela. In 2017 she was a finalist in the Best Case Award at the EuroCMR (ESC) congress. Dr De Garate obtained the level 3 European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging Certification in 2018. In 2019 she was awarded the UK-China Newton Fund British Council Grant to attend the workshop “4D flow MRI and computational modelling of aortic dissection: from technical challenges to clinical application, in Shanghai.”

Dr Matthew Williams
Senior CMR Fellow
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Dr Matthew Williams MBChB BSc MRCP

Senior CMR Fellow

Dr Williams is a specialist cardiology registrar at the Bristol Heart Institute (BHI) with an interest in heart failure and cardiovascular imaging. He is completing a 3-year research fellowship and PhD in cardiac MRI at the BHI. Dr Williams obtained level 3 European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging Certification in 2021 and has a number of recent research publications in the field of cardiac MRI. Dr Williams has been an invited faculty member on the Bristol Cardiac MRI courses. 

Mr Paul Cundick
Senior Cardiac MRI Radiographer
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Mr Paul Cundick

Senior Cardiac MRI Radiographer

Senior Cardiac MRI Radiographer with over 15 years’ experience of Cardiac MRI at the Bristol Heart Institute, Bristol Children’s Hospital and Clinical Research Imaging Centre. Pauls CMR knowledge includes scanning patients with all forms of cardiac diseases including acquired, congenital heart disease, vascular and valvular heart disease, paediatric CMR imaging, and scanning patients with cardiac devices such as pacemakers and Implantable Cardiac Defibrillators. 

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