Catherine Westbrook

Senior Lecturer

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Allied Health

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

Catherine’s area of expertise is Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), particularly in educating MRI practitioners in the theoretical and clinical aspects of this imaging modality.



Catherine has been involved in MRI education for nearly 25 years. She qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer in 1981 and specialised in MRI in 1989. She became involved in MRI education soon after, teaching MRI courses and presenting at international conferences since 1992. Catherine has also written some of the leading books in the field.

As one of the first people in the world to obtain a Masters degree in MRI, Catherine began working at Anglia Ruskin University supporting the MSc MRI course in 1996. She has been the course leader since 2004. She also has significant expertise in delivering distance learning and supporting distance learners.

Research interests

  • Feasibility of introducing an initial and exclusive specialist undergraduate degree in MRI
  • Portfolios of evidence as an assessment tool in postgraduate distance learning education
  • Self assessment and formative assessment in postgraduate distance learning education
  • Retention and application of factual knowledge of MR radiographers
  • Collaborative online learning tools in distance learning MRI education
  • Admissions criteria and how they relate to student performance in distance learning
  • Collaborative learning in health care education

Areas of research supervision

  • Development of an inventory of biomedical imaging physics learning outcomes for MRI radiographers in Malta (PhD supervision)
  • Development of a service management model (service operation model) for MRI services in Malta (PhD supervision)



  • Diploma of the College of Radiographers, St Thomas’s Hospital, London
  • Master of Science, Medical Imaging (MRI), Anglia Ruskin University
  • Clinical Teachers Certificate, Cranfield University
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Doctorate in Education, Anglia Ruskin University

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Selected recent publications

Westbrook, C., 2016. Opening the debate on MRI practitioner education – Is there a need for change? Radiography.

Westbrook, C., 2017. Is there a relationship between how MRI is learned and knowledge? Radiography.
Westbrook, C. and Talbot J.S., 2018. MRI in Practice (5th Edition). Oxford: Wiley.

Westbrook, C., 2015. MRI at a Glance (editions 1-3). Oxford: Wiley.

Castillo, J., Caruana, C.J., Westbrook, C., 2014. Radiographer managers and service development: using formal research methodologies to develop a 2020 MRI service portfolio, Radiography, 10.1016/j.radi.2014.09.003.

Westbrook, C., (Ed) 2014. Handbook of MRI Technique (editions 1-4). Oxford: Wiley.

Castillo, J., Caruana, C.J., Morgan, P.S., Westbrook, C., 2014. Optimizing a magnetic resonance care pathway: a strategy for radiography Managers. Radiography, 10.1016/j.radi.2014.09.002.

Recent presentations and conferences

MRI in Practice Conference, Columbia, Missouri, USA.

MRI in Practice Conference, Sydney, Australia (Australian Society of Radiographers).

MRI in Practice Conference, Oslo, Norway (Norwegian Society of Radiographers).

MRI in Practice Conference, Cheltenham, UK (Cobalt Cancer Research).