Musculoskeletal MRI (comprehensive course)

Riga (LV), 18-22 September 2023

General Information

Ilze Eņģele
Māra Epermane
Aija Jaudzema
Elīna Neilande

H. Bloem, Leiden (NL)
AM. Davies, Birmingham (UK)
H. Imhof, Vienna (AU)
M. Shahabpour, Brussels (BE)

Radiologists, residents in radiology, physicians requesting and using musculoskeletal MR in their clinical work.  A basic knowledge of MR is required.

This course is the comprehensive muscoloskeletal MRI module of the Erasmus program. The Erasmus program has been organizing interactive MR teaching courses throughout Europe since 1991.
The course language is English.

After participating to this course consisting of formal lectures, discussion generated by the students and teachers, and case oriented interactive sessions in smaller groups, the participant will be able to:

1. Perform and analyze clinical musculoskeletal MR studies of joints, bones, & soft tissue with traumatic, degenerative, tumorous, inflammatory & infectious diseases.

2. Effectively select patients who will benefit from MR.

3. Choose the appropriate MR approach within the clinical context.


Pullman Riga Old Town. Address: JĒKABA IELA 24, RĪGA, LATVIJA


The course venue within the historical city centre. To get to the city centre from the airport, you can take a bus (No. 22) or a taxi. A ride to Riga takes an average of 20 minutes. Riga airport can be easily reached from many international airports.

Pre-registration is possible here. Pre-registered applicants will receive by e-mail an invitation to finalize registration on a first come first serve basis. Payment can be done on-line by credit card, single or bank transfer. Because of the interactive nature of this course, only 100 participants can be allowed.
Registration is only final after registration fee has been paid.
Cancellation: Refund of registration fee (less administrative costs) will be made when cancellation is received before August 1, 2023. No refund is possible if cancellation is received after this date. In case the course is cancelled due to exceptional circumstances (pandemic, etc.), the registrants have options to transfer their registration to a later Erasmus course, or to be reimbursed.

Registration is accepted after full payment of the fee!
Certified radiologists: € 850,- / 900,- for early / late registration (before / after August 1, 2023).
Residents (with certification): € 650,-/ 750,- or early / late registration.
Fee includes electronic syllabus, coffee breaks, lunches, reception & a social event including dinner.






Hans Bloem, Leiden
Filippo del Grande, Lugano
Janis Geķis, Rīga
Lennaert Jans, Gent
Javier Jara, Cadiz
Aija Jaudzema, Riga
Radesh Lalam, Oswestry
Eva Llopis San Juan, Valencia
Iris Noebauer-Huhmann, Vienna
Maija Radziņa, Rīga
Phil Robinson, Leeds
Winston Rennie, Leicester
Diogo Roriz, Porto, Viana do Castelo
Maryam Shahabpour, Brussels
James Teh, Oxford
Kai Vilanova, Girona.


Monday 18, Lower extremity:
08:20-08:30 Welcome/Introduction. Bloem/Engele
08:30-09:00 Knee-menisci. Jara
09:00-09:30 Knee Ligaments: lateral pivot. Rennie
09:30-10:00 Knee Ligaments: central pivot. Jara
10:00-10:30 Knee Cartilage. Rennie
10:30-10:45 Q&A
10:45-11:15 Coffee
11:15-13:00 3 interactives: Jara, Rennie, Teh
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:30 Ankle: Osteochondral and tendon injuries. Llopis
14:30-15:00 Ankle sprain. Llopis
15:00-15:30 groin pain in athletes. Teh
15:30-15:45 Q&A
15:45-16:00 Refreshments
16:00-17:30 3 interactives; Jara, Llopis, Teh
17:30-18:30 Welcome reception

Tuesday 19, Hip & spine:
08:30-09:00 Hip: Intra-articular disorders. Roriz
09:00-09:30 Hip: Extra-articular disorders. Roriz
09:30-10:00 Postoperative hip. Teh
10:00-10:30 Inflammatory disease peripheral joints. Jans
10:30-10:45 Q&A
10:45-11:15 Coffee
11:15-13:00 3 interactive sessions: Roriz, Jans, Teh
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:30 Spine 1: Degenerative Disease. Lalam
14:30-15:00 Spine 2: Spinal Trauma. Lalam
15:00-15:30 Spine 3: Inflammatory spine. Jans
15:30 -15:45 Q&A
15;45-16:00 Refreshments
16:00-17:30 3 interactives: Lalam, Jans, Roriz

Wednesday 20, Tumours & look-alikes:
08:30-09:00 DCE-MR, DWI. Noebauer
09:00-09:30 Bone tumours & look-alikes, avoiding pitfalls. Bloem
09:30-10:00 Soft tissue tumours & look-alikes, avoiding pitfalls. Noebauer
10:00-10:30 AI, clinical applications in bone tumours. Bloem
10:30- 10:45 Q&A
10:45-11:15 Coffee
11:15-13:00 3 interactive sessions: Bloem, Lalam, Noebauer
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:30 Metastases. Vilanova
14:30-15:00 Bone marrow: from reconversion to infiltration.
15:00-15:30 Infection. Bloem
15:30-15:45 Q&A
15:45-16:00 Refreshments
16:00-17:30 3 interactives: Vilanova, Noebauer, Bloem
19:00-22:00 Social activity and dinner

Thursday 21, Upper extremity:
08:30-09:00 Rotator cuff. Del Grande
09:00-09:30 Shoulder joint instability. Robinson
09:30-10:00 Rotator interval and biceps. Del Grande
10:00-10:30 Postoperative shoulder. Jaudzema
10:30 -10:45 Q&A
10:45-11:15 Coffee
11:15-13:00 3 interactive sessions: Jaudzema, del Grande, Robinson
13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:30 Elbow. Geķis
14:30-15:00 Wrist: Overuse. Shahabpour
15:00-15:30 Wrist: TFCC-Ligaments and trauma. Shahabpour
15:30-15:45 Q&A
15:45- 16:00 Refreshments
16:00-17:30 3 interactives; Filippo, Geķis, Shahabpour

Friday 22, Muscle & nerve injuries:
09:00-09:30 Muscle injuries. Robinson
09:30-10:00 Nerve compression syndromes – shoulder, elbow. Radziņa
10:00-10:30 3 interactives: Robinson, Shahabpour, Radziņa
10:30-11:00 Test
11:00-11:30 Coffee
11:30-12:00 Test answers presentation
12:00-12:30 Certificates and farewell