Cardiac MRI: The Basics

On Saturday March 24th 2018, HHFT held their first cardiac MRI teaching course at the Candover Clinic. The course was open to all staff from HHFT interested in cardiac MRI and was organised and hosted by Dr Michaela Scheuermann-Freestone, Consultant Cardiologist and Head of Non-invasive Cardiac Imaging at the Trust, and Des Naidoo, Clinical Excellence and Quality Assurance Lead in MRI, together with industry support from Bayer and Siemens.

21 participants from Radiology and Cardiology attended a morning of lectures at the Candover Clinic, given by renowned specialists in cardiac MRI, covering safety aspects, physics and basic cardiac anatomy, before learning more about pathophysiology, tissue characteristics and stress imaging of the heart.  After lunch, there was interactive live scanning done demonstrating normal and pathological cardiac anatomy, function, blood flow and heart muscle characteristics.

The course received excellent feedback from all participants – and clearly, both the content of the course as well as the atmosphere and facilities at the Candover Clinic contributed to this. The team around Dr Scheuermann-Freestone and Des Naidoo plan to hold this event as a yearly national and international course open to all medical staff interested in cardiac MRI with the next course anticipated to run in spring 2019.