Our series of short courses are aimed at health professionals who wish to gain hands-on experience of MR scanning. All courses have a practical component, utilising the suite of MR facilities at the Centre for Advanced Imaging.

CAI short courses offer CPD points from both the Australian Society of Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy (ASMIRT) and Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists (RANZCR). For more details on any of our courses please contact our Education team or to register your interest click here.

Course fees are inclusive of GST, any course materials as well as morning and afternoon tea and lunch.

Upcoming Courses:

Introduction to Diffusion, 7th & 8th October 2017

Location: Level 2, Building 57, University of Queensland St Lucia 


Introduction to Diffusion is a 1 or 2 day short course. The theoretical section can be taken independently as a 1-day course (no caps), and will cover the basic physics behind diffusion imaging, the different methods of acquiring and analysing diffusion information, and how they can be applied.  Practical hands-on experience in acquisition and analysis will be conducted on day 2 and can be added for an additional cost (capped at the first 20 applicants).


Day 1: Theory

  • Pulse sequences and spin physics in diffusion/what is diffusion and how do we measure it in MR 
  • Simplistic models of diffusion – how to acquire and analyse
  • Advanced models of diffusion – acquisition and introduction to analysis
  • Tractography
  • Workshop – what technique to use when/what they measure
  • Applications of diffusion imaging

Day 2: Practical scanning and analysis

  • Acquiring diffusion images from volunteers 
  • Tools available for diffusion viewing 
  • Preprocessing of diffusion images
  • Tensor analysis
  • Advanced analysis
  • Tractography analysis
  • Group and case study analysis

Practical scanning will take place on state-of-the-art Siemens imaging systems.

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  Day 1 Day 1 & Day 2
Early Bird (register by 22nd September 2017) $430 $815
Full course fee $500 $950
Discount for multiple attendees from the same institution/organisation (price per person) $320 $610
Former CAI MRT Coursework Students and Current UQ Students* $250 $475

* Proof of enrolment may be required.

edX Introduction to Biomedical Imaging Self-paced (Starts 22nd August 2017)


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edX in partnership with UQx offers a free 12 week massive online open course. Students can add a Verified Certificate for $99. This MOOC is an introductory course to biomedical imaging. 

Imaging technologies form a significant component of the health budgets of all developed economies, and most people need advanced imaging such as MRIs, X-Rays, and CT Scans (or CAT Scans) during their life. Many of us are aware of the misinformation sometimes offered in TV dramas, which either exaggerate the benefits or overemphasise the risks. 

What you'll learn

  • Why there is a need for different imaging modalities
  • The basic principles of each modality and the terminology used
  • The patient experience and why things happen during the imaging procedure
  • How to select the most suitable modality for a given clinical case
  • How to provide basic advice on imaging modalities to your peers

To register for this self-paced course, visit the edx site.

Past Courses:

Introduction to MRI is a 3-day introductory course, specifically designed for people with little or no MRI experience. The course is held at the Wesley Hospital, Brisbane. Upon course completion, participants will be familiar with basic MRI physics and have practical scanning experience in imaging of the brain and spine.


Theory is covered during the morning on the following:

  • MR spin physics
  • Pulse sequence design
  • Artefacts
  • MR safety
  • Common clinical indications of the brain and spine
  • Imaging protocols of the brain and spine

Practical scanning is held in the afternoons, where participants will be involved in:

  • Patient positioning
  • Scanning techniques of the brain and spine
  • Fundamental MR anatomy

Practical scanning will take place on state-of-the-art Siemens Sonata 1.5 T imaging systems.

This course is run on demand.

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Introduction to Spectroscopy is a 3-day short course designed for both the novice and the established spectroscopists.


Just some of the topics covered include:

  • Introduction to Spectroscopy
  • Selection - PRESS
  • Clinical MRS
  • Step by Step Set Up
  • TE Effects on the Spectrum
  • STEAM- Stimulated echo volume selection
  • Spectral Processing
  • Metabolite Quantification
  • Lactate doublet- the ups and downs of spin coupling
  • Practical scans with Phantom and volunteers

This course is run on demand.

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Introduction to Cardiac MRI

The Introduction and Basic Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Imaging Short course is a 3-day course designed for people with little or no cardiac MRI experience. The course is held at The Wesley Hospital, Brisbane. 


Theory is covered in the mornings. Course content includes:

  • basic cardiac MR physics
  • key pathologies and MRI appearances
  • basic cardiac set up and scanning techniques

Practical demonstrations and hands-on scanning are held in the afternoon. Practical scanning will take place on state-of-the-art Siemens Sonata 1.5 T imaging system at The Wesley Hospital.

This course is run on demand. Register your interest here.

Advanced Cardiac MRI

The Advanced Cardiac MRI is a 2-day course designed for people with basic cardiac MRI experience. 


Theory and Practical components of the course cover:

  • congenital abnormalities
  • paediatrics
  • post-surgical appearances
  • advanced data analysis

This course is run on demand.

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The functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) workshop is a 3-day course designed for people with little or no fMRI experience. The course includes lectures, practical demonstrations, and data analysis.


Topics covered include:

  • Physics/Physiology/Artifacts & Practical
  • Pre-processing & Practical
  • Study and Task Design & Practical
  • Modelling/Analysis/Hypothesis testing & Practical
  • Group Statistics & Practical
  • Interpretation/Clinical Application & Practical

There will be pre-reading assigned and further pre-course instructions.

This course is run on demand.

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