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The most important aspect in choosing and using an MRI simulator

Erik Jacobsson July 5, 2023

This is the second chapter in a series of blog posts about MRI simulators and MRI simulation technology.

When selecting and utilizing an MRI simulator, it is crucial to consider the desired real-world effects. In this blog post, we will explore the significance of choosing an MRI simulator that provides training experiences transferrable to the actual real-world MRI scanning environment.

The key question is: “Are trainees becoming better at using the training software, or better at MRI scanning itself?”

Translating training to the real world

The ultimate goal of using an MRI simulator for personnel training is to improve their scanning abilities in real-world scenarios. It is essential to select a simulator that accurately emulates the MRI scanning process as it is done in the clinic, including patient positioning, protocol and sequence selection, parameter design and trade-offs, and last image interpretation. By ensuring a high level of realism, the simulator can effectively prepare trainees for actual MRI scanning.

The training software vs. scanning skills

A common concern is whether trainees become proficient in operating the training software, or actually gain expertise in MRI scanning. While seeing your results and scores improve in the training software may be exciting, it should not overshadow the primary objective of enhancing scanning skills. A well-designed MRI simulator should allow the trainee or student to train and practice in a safe setting, and build skills which are directly transferable to the real world, i.e. acquire the essential skills and knowledge required for successful MRI scans.

Figure 1 – A real-world MRI scanner in the control room (top left and top right), and Corsmed’s MRI simulator (bottom left and bottom right)

Corsmed’s MRI simulator is the only simulator in the world which combine true MRI simulations, vast arrays of real-world MRI features, on industry aligned interfaces, all to truly provide a one-to-one experience for full transferability of simulator acquired skills.


When choosing and utilizing an MRI simulator, organizations and individuals should prioritize simulators that offer training experiences closely aligned with real-world MRI scanning. It is essential to recognize the distinction between becoming proficient in the training software and acquiring the necessary real-world scanning skills. By focusing on simulators that facilitate skill transferability, organizations can maximize the effectiveness of training programs and ensure improved scanning outcomes.