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* Advanced MRI Safety Training For Healthcare Professionals:
Level 2 MR Personnel - Updated Edition
Released: April 05, 2017 Expires: April 30, 2019 CE credits: 2.5 Cost: $50.00
Faculty: Frank G. Shellock, PhD, FACC, FACR, FACSM
16676

This program reviews fundamental MRI safety protocols and meets the annual training recommendations from the American College of Radiology. Importantly, MRI facilities must now comply with the revised requirements for diagnostic imaging from The Joint Commission and document that MRI technologists participate in ongoing education that includes annual training on safe MRI practices in the MRI environment. As such, Advanced MRI Safety Training for Healthcare Professionals, Level 2 MR Personnel covers each MRI safety topic specified by The Joint Commission, as well as many additional subjects that will expand the knowledge-base of healthcare professionals.

With more than 30 years of experience in the field of MRI, the author of the best-selling textbook series, the Reference Manual for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Implants and Devices, and the creator of the internationally popular website, www.MRIsafety.com, Dr. Frank G. Shellock is uniquely qualified to present the information in this program.

Advanced MRI Safety Training for Healthcare Professionals, Level 2 MR Personnel is a 150-minute program that is divided into three sections.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand the safety issues related to MRI.
  • Describe the bioeffects associated with the static magnetic field, time-varying magnetic, and radiofrequency fields.
  • Present guidelines that prevent projectile-related accdents.
  • Describe polices that avoid issues related to acoustic noise.
  • Review procedures that prevent burns associated with MRI.
  • Explain and demonstrate appropriate pre-MRI screening procedures.
  • Identify techniques to manage patients with claustrophobia, anxiety, or emotional distress.
  • Describe guidelines to handle medical emergencies in the MRI setting.
  • Identify safety considerations for gadolinium-based contrast agents.

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* Basic MRI Safety Training:
Level 1 MR Personnel - Updated Edition
Released: April 05, 2017 Expires: April 30, 2019 CE credits: 1 Cost: $30.00
Faculty: Frank G. Shellock, PhD, FACC, FACR, FACSM
16653

Anyone who enters the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) environment, whether on a regular or infrequent basis, must be properly trained to ensure their safety, the protection of patients, and the security of other facility staff members. This program, Basic MRI Safety Training, Level 1 MR Personnel accomplishes the initial training that is necessary to ensure safety in the unique setting associated with the MRI system. It includes information pertaining to MRI technology, describes common hazards and unique dangers associated with the MRI setting, and presents vital recommendations and guidelines to prevent accidents and injuries. Importantly, this program provides the fundamental MRI safety information for Level I MR Personnel recommended by the American College of Radiology and may be utilized by individuals desiring preparation for safety training as, Level 2 MR Personnel.

With more than 30 years of experience in the field of MRI, the author of the best-selling textbook series, the Reference Manual for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Implants and Devices, and the creator of the internationally popular website, www.MRIsafety.com, Dr. Frank G. Shellock is uniquely qualified to present the information in this program.

Educational Objectives

  • Appreciate the importance of MRI
  • Identify the hazards associated with MRI
  • Understand the screening process
  • Describe steps to prevent accidents and injuries

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* Introduction To MRI Safety - Updated Edition
Released: April 05, 2017 Expires: April 30, 2019 CE credits: 0 Cost: $15.00
Faculty: Frank G. Shellock, PhD, FACC, FACR, FACSM
16659

This program provides an overview of MRI safety information that is intended for non-clinical staff members who regularly work in the MRI environment or who may occasionally work in this area as part of their responsibilities. Anyone who enters the MRI environment, even infrequently, must be properly trained to ensure their safety, the safety of patients, and other facility staff members

After completion of a short online exam, with a passing score of 70% or higher, this program provides a Statement of Participation.

With more than 30 years of experience in the field of MRI, the author of the best selling textbook series, the Reference Manual for Magnetic Resonance Safety, Implants and Devices, and the creater of the internationally popular website, www.MRIsafety.com, Dr. Frank G. Shellock is uniquely qualified to present the information in this program.

Educational Objectives

  • Appreciate the importance of MRI
  • Identify the certain hazards associated with MRI technology
  • Describe steps to prevent accidents and injuries related to ferromagnetic objects

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Advances in the Administration & Monitoring of Iodinated Contrast Material with MDCT
Released: October 10, 2017 Expires: October 31, 2019 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Rendon C. Nelson, M.D., Bhavik N. Patel, MD, MBA
16974

The use of iodinated contrast material with MDCT is pivotal to the detection and characterization of a wide variety of vascular and parenchymal abnormalities. Optimization of contrast media techniques is important for diagnosing these abnormalities.

This webcast will discuss many of the keys principles of contrast media utilization, focusing on the impact of the dose, concentration and rate of administration on the arterial phase and the venous phase, with an eye towards individual patient customization.

We will also discuss new information gained from software that monitors the contrast media injection, which may help improve the safety of administration.

Educational Objectives

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the principals of vascular and parenchymal enhancement with iodinated contrast media during both the arterial and venous phases.
  • List at least two techniques which have contributed to progress in contrast media personalization.
  • Identify three potential improvements noted in the NEXO software program designed to improve CT utilization.

Supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Bracco Diagnostics, Inc.

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Contrast Optimization in Low Radiation Dose Cardiovascular CT Imaging
Released: September 15, 2016 Expires: September 30, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Jeffrey C. Hellinger, MD, MBA
16371

Imaging the cardiovascular system with computed tomography angiography (CTA) is dependent upon radiation. Patient centric CTA protocols are essential to balancing radiation safety and image quality.

These protocols are designed to deliver an appropriate amount of radiation, which will ensure acceptable high diagnostic quality and the lowest required radiation exposure. The use of a high concentration contrast medium and iterative reconstruction are two strategies to optimize image quality while dialing down the radiation parameters.

In this final installment of a 3-Part CE Accredited Expert Forum Series these and other CTA protocol strategies are discussed and illustrated.

Following his talk, Dr. Hellinger takes questions from the online audience.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand factors impacting radiation exposure in Cardiovascular CT (CVCT).
  • Understand core and advanced radiation reduction strategies for CVCT.
  • Understand CVCT strategies for maximizing image quality at the lowest possible radiation exposure.

This Program Has Been Supported Through An Unrestricted Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics, Inc..

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Contrast Optimization in Low Radiation Dose Neuro CT Imaging
Released: July 15, 2016 Expires: July 31, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Lawrence N. Tanenbuam, MD, FACR
16262

Imaging professionals are continuously challenged to image at lower radiation doses, while maintaining a level of image quality that is acceptable for diagnosis.

In this first installment of a 3-Part CE Accredited Expert Forum Webcast Series, Dr. Lawrence Tanenbaum will discuss his strategies and protocols for imaging at lower radiation doses, while maintaining high diagnostic image quality in Neuro CT Imaging. Following his talk, Dr. Tanenbaum takes questions from the online audience.

Educational Objectives

  • Describe the challenges of maintaining acceptable image quality at lower radiation dose.
  • Understand the role contrast media plays in improving image quality in neuro CT imaging.

This Program Has Been Supported Through An Unrestricted Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics, Inc..

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Innovations in Contrast Material Delivery Systems for CT:
Impact On The Workflow and Cost Of CT Operations
Released: April 18, 2016 Expires: April 30, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Dushyant V. Sahani, M.D., Xavier Montet
16149

In the last few years, modern power injectors have seen technological advances, which now make them a critical component in the CT Suite. In many busy academic and community imaging settings the average practicing radiologist or radiologic technologist is not likely to be aware of these many technological advances and the growing role this component plays in their ability to image effectively, efficiently and ultimately increase the opportunity for patient safety in their facility.

In this Expert Forum webcast Dr. Dushyant Sahani, Massachusetts General Hospital and Prof. Xavier Montet, Geneva University Hospital aim to provide a brief history of the evolution of the power injector and a look at how new equipment can save time, money and increase the opportunity for patient safety in your CT suite.

Following completion of this program, audience members will be able to:

  • Understand the increasing role of power injectors in CT imaging.
  • Describe the technological advances affecting patient safety.
  • Describe how increased workflow efficiency can be achieved.

This Program Has Been Supported Through An Unrestricted Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics, Inc..

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MACRA Readiness
Released: July 15, 2017 Expires: July 31, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Applied Radiology
16776

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) ended the Sustainable Growth Rate formula, which has determined Medicare Part B reimbursement rates for physicians and replaces it with new ways of paying for care. Under MACRA, participating providers will be paid based on the quality and effectiveness (value) of care they provide rather than the volume of care they provide under the current system.

This Expert Forum webcast features a panel of experts who will review the importance of MACRA and what it means to the radiology community. They will provide an overview of what MACRA involves and define which providers must begin planning immediately. In addition, the program will describe the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the four performance categories, which will ultimately determine how radiologists and other physicians are reimbursed for their services.

The panel is moderated by Dr. Gregory N. Nicola, Vice President, Hackensack Radiology Group and will answer questions from the online audience.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion, participants should be able to:

  • Describe what MACRA is and how it will affect radiologists.
  • Understand the performance category measurements.
  • Describe the necessary steps to be MACRA Ready by 2019. ‚Äč

This Program Has Been Supported Through An Unrestricted Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics, Inc.

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Navigating the New Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016:
Challenging Problems | DR Solutions
Released: October 01, 2016 Expires: October 31, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Robert A. Fabrizio
16463

Already faced with the daily challenge of protecting revenue by improving efficiencies, outcomes and patient satisfaction, recent legislation will result in new penalties if you continue to use Computed Radiography.

This expert forum will help attendees to understand the business impact of this new legislation on reimbursement to your imaging department.

In addition, attendees will learn how to correlate the benefits of a DR transition to a variety of improvements to the domains of care and the facility's bottom line.

Following Mr. Fabrizio's presentation, questions from the audience were addressed.

Educational Objectives

  • Summarize the events leading up to the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016.
  • Understand the reimbursement penalties.
  • Recognize the advantages of DR technology.

This Program Has Been Supported Through An Unrestricted Educational Grant from FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc.

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Part 1: Safety of Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents: Structure, Stability, NSF & Tissue Deposition
Released: June 07, 2016 Expires: June 30, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Lawrence N. Tanenbuam, MD, FACR, Kenneth Maravilla, MD
16215

A review of the literature indicates an increased incidence of gadolinium deposition in the brain as a result of repeated contrast-enhanced MR imaging procedures. With a wide selection of gadolinium-based contrast agents available; imaging professionals must be aware of their chemical make-up when selecting the best agent for a particular study.

In this first of a four-part CME/CE Accredited Expert Forum Webcast Series, Dr. Kenneth Maravilla reviews the safety profiles of the currently available agents, identifies the risk factors for NSF and discusses the current understanding and outstanding issues related to Gadolinium deposition in the brain and other tissues in patients with normal renal function.

Following Dr. Maravilla's presentation, a panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Lawrence Tanenbaum; where questions from the audience were addressed.

Educational Objectives

  • Recognize risk factors for development of NSF along with contributory cofactors that may increase risk. They will also understand steps to be taken that can mitigate risk in patients with compromised renal function.
  • Understand what is meant by stability of a contrast agent, how it is measured and the various structural and chemical characteristics that affect stability.
  • Gain an understanding of the current knowledge and outstanding issues related to Gd deposition in brain and other tissues in patients with normal renal function who receive GBCAs.

This Program Has Been Supported Through An Unrestricted Educational Grant from Guerbet, LLC.

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Part 2: Gadolinium Based Contrast Agents and Pediatric Long Term Safety
Released: July 15, 2016 Expires: July 31, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Lawrence N. Tanenbuam, MD, FACR, Donna Roberts, MD
16256

A review of the literature indicates an increased incidence of gadolinium deposition in the brain as a result of repeated contrast-enhanced MR imaging procedures. With a wide selection of gadolinium-based contrast agents available; imaging professionals must be aware of their chemical make-up when selecting the best agent for a particular study.

In this second of a four-part CE Accredited Expert Forum Webcast Series, Dr. Donna Roberts will discuss clinical indications for post contrast MR imaging, review the current literature as it relates to gadolinium retention and discuss considerations for selecting a GBCA when imaging pediatric patients.

Following Dr. Roberts presentation, a panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Lawrence Tanenbaum; where questions from the audience were addressed.

Educational Objectives

  • Review clinical indications for post contrast MR imaging in pediatrics and discuss current GBCA utilization in the pediatric population.
  • Review the studies describing gadolinium retention in the body of pediatric patients following multiple GBCA doses.
  • Discuss relevant considerations when selecting specific GBCAs for post contrast MR imaging in pediatric patients.

This Program Has Been Supported Through An Unrestricted Educational Grant from Guerbet, LLC.

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Part 3: Contrast Enhanced Body MR Imaging: Making Diagnoses While Managing Risks
Released: July 15, 2016 Expires: July 31, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Richard Semelka
16280

A review of the literature indicates an increased incidence of gadolinium deposition in the brain as a result of repeated contrast-enhanced MR imaging procedures. With a wide selection of gadolinium-based contrast agents available; imaging professionals must be aware of their chemical make-up when selecting the best agent for a particular study.

In this third of a four-part CME/CE Accredited Expert Forum Webcast Series, Dr. Richard Semelka shares his clinical experiences and best practices as it relates to the use of Gadolinium Based Contrast Agents (GBCAs) in body MR imaging.

Following Dr. Semelka's presentation, a panel discussion was moderated by Dr. Lawrence Tanenbaum; where questions from the audience were addressed.

Educational Objectives

  • Discuss the role of GBCAs in body MR imaging.
  • Understand how stability of a GBCA plays a role in body MR imaging.
  • Evaluate choice of GBCA based on age of patient and likelihood of patient undergoing multiple studies.

This Program Has Been Supported Through An Unrestricted Educational Grant from Guerbet, LLC.

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Recent Advances in Contrast-Enhanced Cardiac MRI
Released: October 10, 2017 Expires: October 31, 2019 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Joseph Schoepf, M.D.
16972

Uncertainty still exists regarding the appropriate and effective routine assessment of myocardial disease with contrast-enhanced MRI. Today more recent and novel MRI myocardial characterization techniques exist, such as T1 and T2 mapping. However, insufficient awareness of the pitfalls in cardiac MRI diagnosis frequently contribute to missed diagnosis in the workup of patients with myocardial infarction and other diseases of the heart muscle.

This Expert Forum featuring Dr. Joseph Schoepf will address these issues and provide a review of the basic principles and recent advances in contrast-enhanced Cardiac MR imaging. Particular emphasis will be placed on the MR assessment of diseases of the myocardium and novel methods for their granular characterization. Following Dr. Schoepf's presentation, a short Q&A will be conducted where your questions can be answered.

Educational  Objectives

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Select suitable approaches for the routine assessment of myocardial disease with contrast-enhanced MRI.
  • Discuss current developments in the MR characterization of the myocardium.
  • Implement methods to improve accuracy of Cardiac MRI for the granular, comprehensive diagnosis of myocardium infarction and fibrosis.

Supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Guerbet, LLC.

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Spectral CT: Adding Value in the Emergency Department
Released: November 09, 2017 Expires: December 31, 2019 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Gopal Punjabi, MD
17009

Computed Tomography (CT) continues to be the modality of choice in most emergency departments and is respected for its ability to quickly capture cross sectional images of the body, allowing ED physicians to quickly assess patients.

In recent years, several manufacturers have developed scanners with the ability acquire images at varying energy levels, which allow imaging professionals to differentiate the various elements of the body based on their material density and atomic numbers.

This technique has the potential to revolutionize the way we depict and interpret CT scans. In this Expert Forum Webcast, Dr. Gopal Punjabi will share his clinical experiences with the use of Spectral CT in the Emergency Department with a focus on body imaging.

Educational Objectives

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe scenarios where spectral CT can enhance diagnosis.
  • Describe the types of images that can be obtained with spectral CT.
  • Understand how to interpret the additional data acquired in spectral CT imaging.

Supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Philips Healthcare.

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The Cost Effective Use of MR Neuroimaging in Neurology
Released: July 15, 2016 Expires: July 31, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Laszlo Mechtler, MD, FAAN
16333

The cost of medicine has reached alarming rates. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) plays an important role in this new world of medicine that obligates physicians to become financial managers. While MRI is an essential component of a neurologic workup, it represents a high proportion of total episode-of-care (EOC) costs, and has been associated with overutilization. As a result, imaging centers can only survive to the extent they are able to develop cost effective approaches to neuroimaging.

In this CE Accredited Expert Forum Webcast, Dr. Mechtler will share his clinical insights, best practices and protocols for utilizing fast MRI methods in a cost effective manner in neuroimaging.

Following Dr. Mechtler's presentation, questions from the audience were taken and answered in a moderated Q&A.

Educational Objectives

  • Review clinical indications for post contrast MR imaging in pediatrics and discuss current GBCA utilization in the pediatric population.
  • Review the studies describing gadolinium retention in the body of pediatric patients following multiple GBCA doses.
  • Discuss relevant considerations when selecting specific GBCAs for post contrast MR imaging in pediatric patients.

This Program Has Been Supported Through An Unrestricted Educational Grant from Philips Healthcare.

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Use of High-Field Open MRI In A Clinical Setting for MSK Imaging:
Part 2 of a 2 Part Series
Released: November 01, 2017 Expires: November 30, 2019 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Lawrence N. Tanenbuam, MD, FACR, John F. Feller, MD
17005

Open MRI Systems have evolved enormously since their inception in the 1980’s and today true high-field systems offer an excellent, patient centric alternative to closed, cylindrical bore systems for imaging of basic and advanced applications throughout the body.

In this final installment of this 2-Part series, which is being chaired and moderated by Dr. Lawrence N. Tanenbaum, we will hear from Dr. John Feller who will address the advantages of high-field open MRI systems for MSK imaging. Specifically, he will cover patient comfort, image quality, isocentric imaging, metal artifact reduction scanning (MARS), solenoid coil technology, fat suppression, operational efficiency, and marketability.

Following the presentation, Dr. Tanenbaum will moderate a live Q&A where questions from the audience will be addressed.

Educational Objectives

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how market forces including patient centric imaging are impacting today’s radiology departments.
  • Describe how modern Open MRI Systems align with value-based care and are changing the way that imaging facilities do business.
  • Understand the technical specifications of High-Field Open MRI Systems.
  • Understand the concept of isotropic imaging and new fat suppression technologies.
  • Describe the increased image quality and range of applications in MSK imaging.

Supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Hitachi Healthcare Americas

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Use of High-Field Open MRI In A Clinical Setting for Neuro Imaging:
Part 1 of a 2 Part Series
Released: November 01, 2017 Expires: November 30, 2019 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Lawrence N. Tanenbuam, MD, FACR
17004

Open MRI Systems have evolved enormously since their inception in the 1980’s and today, true high-field systems offer an excellent, patient centric alternative to closed, cylindrical bore systems for imaging of basic and advanced applications throughout the body.

In this first webcast of a 2-Part Series, Dr. Lawrence N. Tanenbaum discusses the advantages of High Field Open MRI in Neuro imaging.

Following the presentation questions from the audience were addressed in a moderated Q&A session.

Educational Objectives

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how market forces including patient centric imaging are impacting today’s radiology departments.
  • Describe how modern Open MRI Systems align with value-based care and are changing the way that imaging facilities do business.
  • Understand the technical specifications of High-Field Open MRI Systems.
  • Understand the concept of isotropic imaging and new fat suppression technologies.
  • Describe the increased image quality and range of applications in Neuro imaging.

Supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Hitachi Healthcare Americas

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