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* Advanced MRI Safety Training For Healthcare Professionals (4th Edition): Level 2 MR Personnel
Released: April 22, 2020 Expires: April 30, 2022 CE credits: 3.0 Cost: $50.00
Faculty: Frank G. Shellock, PhD, FACC, FACR, FACSM
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This program reviews fundamental MRI safety information 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. Notably, 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 involved with MRI technology.

With 35 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, MRIsafety.com, Dr. Frank G. Shellock is uniquely qualified to present the information in this program.

Advanced MRI Safety Training for Healthcare Professionals (4th Edition), Level 2 MR Personnel is a 2 hour and 45 minute program that is divided into three different sections.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand the safety issues related to MRI.
  • Describe the bioeffects associated with the static magnetic field, time-varying magnetic fields, and radiofrequency fields.
  • Present guidelines that prevent projectile-related accidents.
  • 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.
  • Understand the safety considerations for gadolinium-based contrast agents.

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* Basic MRI Safety Training (4th Edition): Level 1 MR Personnel
Released: April 01, 2021 Expires: April 30, 2023 CE credits: 1.0 Cost: $30.00
Faculty: Frank G. Shellock, PhD, FACC, FACR, FACSM
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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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* The Online Course for MR Safety Officers (MRSO) and MR Medical Directors (MRMD)
Released: September 23, 2019 Expires: September 30, 2022 CE credits: 10.0 Cost: $750.00
Faculty: William Faulkner, B.S.,R.T.(R)(MR)(CT), FSMRT | Kristan Harrington, MBA, R.T.(R)(MR), ARRT, MRSO
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Applied Radiology and William Faulkner & Associates are pleased to introduce “The Online Course for MR Safety Officers (MRSO) and MR Medical Directors (MRMD)”. This comprehensive program, focusing on MR Safety, covers many aspects relating to the safety practices of the Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) environment. It is designed for those individuals who are either currently serving as their facility’s MRSO and/or MRMD, or those who are preparing to assume these responsibilities. The content of this course will be helpful for those preparing for the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety MRSO and MRMD examinations.

The content of The Online Course for MR Safety Officers and MR Medical Directors is based upon current FDA and ACR guidelines, including the ACR Guidance Document for MR Safe Practices, as well as those promulgated by industry regulatory bodies such as the International Electrotechnical Commission.

The complete online program has been approved for up to 10 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™ (CME) and 10 Category A ARRT continuing educational credits (CE).

Module 1: Basic MRI Physics Relevant to MRI Safety
Module 2: Static Field: Bioeffects and Access Control
Module 3: Gradient Magnetic Fields: Bioeffects and Safety
Module 4: Radio Frequency Field: Bioeffects and Safety
Module 5: Implants and Devices
Module 6: Gadolinium-Based MR Contrast Agents
Module 7: MR Safety Screening
Module 8: Managing Emergent Situations and Patient Considerations: Quench and Patient Anxiety & Patient Monitoring

The Online Course for MR Safety Officers (MRSO) and MR Medical Directors (MRMD) is not affiliated with, nor endorsed by the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety (ABMRS)
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A Clinical Review: Benefits of Tomosynthesis in Daily Practice
Released: January 17, 2020 Expires: January 31, 2022 CE credits: 1.0 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Dean J. Phillips, DO
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Annual mammography screening can save lives because breast cancer is a progressive disease and early detection enables improved prognosis due to appropriate treatment of small nonpalpable node-negative cancers. Multiple randomized controlled trials and observational studies have shown that mammography can reduce breast cancer mortality by 30% or more.

Digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) first entered the breast imaging clinical arena when the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved DBT in 2011. Multiple studies have shown that DBT is effective in both mammography screening and diagnostic settings. Tomosynthesis has quickly emerged as a practice-changing standard that improves the clinical accuracy of a mammogram by increasing both sensitivity and specificity; thus, reducing the masking effect of overlapping fibroglandular tissue, thereby improving breast cancer detection. The improved accuracy and overall efficiency that DBT provides, will enhance radiologists’ performance and improve the patient experience.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the importance of breast screening mammography.
  • Incorporate the differences between, and benefits of 2D and 3D mammography into routine clinical practice.
  • Apply 3D tomosynthesis to improve patient care, particularly in the management of patients with dense breasts.

No special educational preparation is required for this CME/CE Activity!

Supported through an unrestricted educational grant from FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc.

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A Review of MR Contrast Agents: Why Gadolinium Matters Today
Released: January 01, 2021 Expires: December 31, 2022 CE credits: 1.0 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Applied Radiology
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David Enterline, MD, FACR; John Karis, MD; Michael Malinzak, MD, PhD; Kristin K. Porter, MD, PhD; James Sancrant, DO; Jorge A. Soto, MD

Until approximately 2006, gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) as a class were deemed safe for patients, particularly in patients with renal impairment. However, several events have occurred since then that have altered the perception that all GBCAs are equally safe. These include the identification of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) as a serious potential adverse event (AE), and an appreciation that gadolinium (Gd) is retained in brain, bone, and other soft-tissue organs, with unknown long-term clinical consequences. Therefore, to perform an effective, individualized risk–benefit analysis, radiologists should be familiar with the differences in properties and associated risks among GBCAs and how they relate to GBCA selection for specific applications. Here we present a summary of discussions that occurred at an Expert Panel Forum on Advancing Clinical Practice in MR Imaging, in which the experts explored the real and perceived risks associated with GBCA use. They also addressed when contrast use is appropriate and necessary and, when deemed necessary, the best practices for its use in select applications, including neuroradiology/stroke imaging, breast MR screening, and abdominal imaging. Practical administrative and cost considerations related to contrast use in the MR suite were also reviewed.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Explain recent events that have occurred that have altered the perception that all GBCAs are equally safe, including NSF and Gd retention
  • Describe the various available GBCAs and their properties, with emphasis on those properties that may impact safety
  • Review the relative risks and benefits of the available macrocyclic and linear GBCAs
  • Summarize best practices for GBCA use in select applications, including neuroradiology/stroke imaging, breast MR screening, and abdominal imaging
  • Define administrative and cost considerations that may relate to contrast use in the MR suite

This program has been supported through an educational grant from Bracco Diagnostics, Inc.

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Advanced CT Technology: Improving Workflow and Cost of Ownership
Released: December 22, 2020 Expires: December 31, 2022 CE credits: 1.5 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Lawrence N. Tanenbuam, MD, FACR | Rick Banner
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CT Technology continues to evolve with modern platforms now being designed with improved patient comfort, increased workflow, and advanced applications supporting comprehensive diagnoses, precise treatment plans and better patient outcomes.

In this CE accredited Expert Forum Webinar, Rick Banner, RT (R), Senior Director of Marketing, Fujifilm Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. shares insights into the design of advanced CT platforms that are addressing today’s clinical challenges while reducing the total cost of ownership. These advanced features will be supported by Dr. Lawrence N. Tanenbaum’s personal experience on how these advanced features are making a clinical difference in the day-to-day operations in busy imaging departments.

Educational Objectives:
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Implement advanced CT applications
  • Effectively manage obese and claustrophobic patients
  • Implement workflow considerations with improved CT service and reliability

Supported through an educational grant from FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc.

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Advances in MR and CT Imaging: Emphasis on Artificial Intelligence:
RSNA 2019 Archived Program
Released: May 06, 2020 Expires: May 31, 2023 CE credits: 1.0 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Mathias Prokop, MD, Ph.D. | Garry E. Gold, MD
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RSNA 2019 Archived Program

This Expert Forum Symposium features two respected radiologists who share their clinical experience applying advanced artificial intelligence techniques in both MR and CT imaging.

MR and CT imaging are advancing at a rapid rate with new scanner and software technology finding its way into advanced imaging scanners each year. Artificial Intelligence is proving to play a major role in this expansion. In this one-hour accredited CME symposium, Dr. Gold and Dr. Prokop will provide insight into how they are putting new AI tools into everyday practice at their facilities and explain how these tools are providing better patient care and throughput. Following the presentations, the faculty will take question from the audience.

Advances in CT Imaging
Presented by: Mathias Prokop, MD

Advances in MSK MR Imaging
Presented by: Garry E. Gold, MD

Educational Objectives

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

  1. Practice two new novel approaches for advanced joint imaging with MR
  2. Describe the clinical value of deep learning reconstruction techniques in CT
  3. Discuss and implement Artificial Intelligence into clinical practice today

This program was originally presented live at RSNA 2019 and sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Medical Education (IAME) and supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Canon Medical Systems.

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Cardiovascular Imaging: Complex Applications in Cardiac CT and CT Angiography
Released: June 08, 2021 Expires: June 30, 2023 CE credits: 1.0 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Richard Hallett, MD
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Often there is lack of knowledge amongst imaging professionals regarding IV contrast dynamics and the relationship between contrast injection, observed enhancement, and scan acquisition timing. The design of appropriate imaging protocols leads to effective and consistent cardiovascular exams; especially when applied to complex clinical scenarios.

This CME/CE accredited program will review contrast-saline dynamics and discuss rational protocol design for cardiac and vascular CT angiography. Effective cardiovascular imaging protocols, utilizing multiple CT injector platforms to achieve optimal imaging, will be reviewed. We invite you to join Dr. Richard Hallett for a comprehensive discussion and case study review of this important topic.

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

Educational Objectives:
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the relationship between bolus contrast media injection and observed enhancement.
  • Implement methods to design rational contrast injection / scan acquisition protocols.
  • Review various models of CT contrast injectors and discuss benefits, limitations, and injection protocol adjustments for each.
  • Apply customized contrast-saline injection / scan principles to complex cardiovascular disease cases.

Made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Bracco Diagnostics, Inc.

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Clinical Utility of Barium Sulfate Products: Formulation Determines Appropriate Use
Released: June 14, 2021 Expires: June 30, 2023 CE credits: 0.75 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Applied Radiology
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Steven Sireci, MD

Barium-containing contrast media contain barium sulfate (BaSO4), as well as a number of additives. The BaSO4 provides radiodensity (ie, radio-opacity) and physical density (g/mL) to the suspension. Depending on the intended use of the contrast, the specific combination of additives provide other useful properties, including: BaSO4 particle suspension; mucosal coating; viscosity and texture; sweetness; filling and laxative effects; preservation; foaming prevention; and flavoring. Here we describe the purpose of each ingredient and additive found in BaSO4 contrast media products currently available for fluoroscopic and radiographic examinations. In addition, we review the role of these products in anatomic radiographic evaluation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and in evaluation of the physiology of swallowing. Finally, we review barium preparations used in computed tomography (CT) applications.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the role that BaSO4 plays in barium-containing contrast media;
  • Review the purpose of each ingredient/additive found in BaSO4 contrast media products available for fluoroscopic and radiographic examinations;
  • Describe the formulation of barium products that are appropriate for single- and double-contrast anatomic radiographic evaluation of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract;
  • Summarize qualities of the barium-containing contrast media used in evaluation of swallowing that make them most appropriate for that application; and,
  • State the properties of barium-containing contrast media used in computed tomography (CT) applications.

This program has been supported through an educational grant from Bracco Diagnostics, Inc.

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Developments in Pediatric Imaging: Best Practices in Dose, Comfort, and Safety
Released: October 22, 2018 Expires: November 30, 2022 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Gregg R. Cretella | Steven Don, MD | Robert MacDougall, M.Sc.
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This Expert Forum will update the audience on recently published FDA guidance and the ongoing work of the Image Gently Alliance and the American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), which continue to refine the safety and effectiveness of pediatric X-ray imaging.

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

Learning Objectives

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

  • Articulate the benefits of facility awareness in the Image Gently Alliance and the ACR Dose Index Registry.
  • Evaluate the readiness of your radiology department to better serve the pediatric population.
  • Make sound decisions when considering the acquisition of new technologies that are indicated for use with pediatric patients
  • Develop a strategy to use the appropriate dose for pediatric patients while optimizing diagnostic quality.
  • Correlate the recent advances in exposure surveillance and DR technologies to the improvements in pediatric patient comfort, safety and imaging outcomes.

Supported through an unrestricted educational grant from FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc.

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Diagnosis and Management of Swallowing Physiology: Standardized Contrast, the MBSImP™, & the IDDSI Framework
Released: May 01, 2021 Expires: April 30, 2023 CE credits: 1.0 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Applied Radiology
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Catriona M. Steele, PhD, Bonnie Martin-Harris, PhD, Memorie Gosa, PhD, Stephanie Edwards Allen, BSRT, MBA

The MBSS, also known as a video fluoroscopic swallow study (VFSS), is a barium-sulfate–enhanced fluoroscopic motion study used to evaluate anatomy and swallowing physiology si­multaneously in real time. Varibar, an FDA-approved barium sulfate product for evaluation of dysphagia, together with The Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP), are used to ensure standardization and reproducibility in the MBSS. This monograph explains the relationship between Varibar, the MBSImP, and the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation (IDDSI) framework in evaluation of swallowing in clinical practice.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Explain how the modified barium swallow study (MBSS), The Modified Barium Swallow Impairment Profile (MBSImP), and barium sulfate products are used to evaluate dysphagia
  • Describe the development of FDA-approved barium sulfate products used to assess dysphagia
  • Review the International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation (IDDSI) framework: what it is and how it was developed
  • Define the relationship between the MBSS, the MBSImP, barium sulfate, and IDDSI, and how they are used in clinical practice
  • Summarize pediatric and clinical-practice considerations in performing the MBSS

This program has been supported through an educational grant from Bracco Diagnostics, Inc.

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Evidence-based Approach to Minimizing IV Contrast Extravasations
Released: July 19, 2019 Expires: June 30, 2023 CE credits: 1.0 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Ryan K Lee, MD, MBA
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IV contrast extravasation is a not uncommon complication in the performance IV contrast enhanced CT examinations. In this accredited Expert Forum Webcast, we will review the different complications related to IV contrast administration. This will be followed by analysis of different factors that contribute to IV contrast-extravasation and subsequent discussion of best practices that can reduce the incidence of IV contrast extravasation. A novel method which reduced contrast extravasation by over 50% will also be presented.

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

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss the different types of complications associated with IV contrast extravasation.
  • Describe the various factors that can contribute to IV contrast extravasation.
  • Apply best practices to reduce the incidence of IV contrast extravasation.

No special educational preparation is required for this CME/CE Activity!

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

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Fluoroscopic Evaluation of the Bariatric Surgery Patient
Released: November 01, 2020 Expires: October 31, 2022 CE credits: 1.0 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Applied Radiology
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Cheri Canon, MD, and Jayleen Grams, MD, PhD

Obesity has been linked to increases in several clinically significant comorbidities. To address these related health issues, the number of bariatric procedures is growing. This monograph describes the role Fluoroscopy plays in the evaluation of the bariatric patient including a review of the imaging protocols and their necessary findings; designed to guide clinical decisions regarding which bariatric procedure is most appropriate for the patient.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Review the incidence of obesity and the role of bariatric surgery as a strategy to address it
  • Explain the advantages of fluoroscopy in the evaluation of the bariatric patient
  • Summarize the considerations when performing fluoroscopic evaluation of the pre- and post-operative bariatric patient
  • Describe the protocols for fluoroscopic imaging of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, including single- and dual-phase esophagrams and upper GI examinations
  • Detail the main challenges to performing fluoroscopy in bariatric patients
  • Relate the value of communication between the radiologist and bariatric surgeon

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

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Imaging Bulk Package: A Compliant Solution in the CT Suite
Released: January 01, 2019 Expires: March 31, 2022 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Assorted Faculty
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Since the 1990’s, multi-patient contrast administration has been available in the form of the Pharmacy Bulk Package (PBP), which is still offered by several contrast vendors. The FDA required that all related Prescribing Information (PI) sheets for the PBP include specific directions for the dispensing of the contrast from the PBP container. The PI language describes withdrawing the contrast from the bottle in a suitable work area, specifically “a laminar flow hood, using aseptic techniques”. However, this method is not possible in most CT Suites, as laminar flow hoods are generally located in the Pharmacy, not the CT suite.

Therefore, during the last decade, regulators have begun to have concerns about the use of PBP. In 2009, The Joint Commission began citing imaging providers who were using PBP to fill power injector syringes in what they considered an unsuitable work area, as described in the manufacturer’s PBP guidelines for the dispensing of contrast.

This Expert Forum will review the steps taken by the contrast media industry and the FDA to develop a safe and compliant solution for multi-patent contrast administration in CT. This solution is now available as the Imaging Bulk Package (IBP) which is approved for use in the CT Suite. This panel will also share their comprehensive process for incorporating IBP into their clinical practice.

Supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.

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MR Contrast Agents: A Review of the Current Agents & Their Safety Profile
Released: May 10, 2021 Expires: May 31, 2022 CE credits: 1.0 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Lawrence N. Tanenbuam, MD, FACR
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Today, with such a wide selection of gadolinium-based contrast agents available to choose from; imaging professionals must be aware of the chemical make-up when selecting a MR agent for a particular exam.

Join us for a live CME accredited webinar with Lawrence N. Tanenbaum, MD, FACR, who will provide a review of the currently available FDA-approved MR contrast agents and their safety profiles. Following his talk, Dr. Tanenbaum will be available for a live Q&A, where your questions are encouraged.

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At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the available FDA-approved contrast agents in the US market.
  • Review the chemical structure, indications, and safety profile of these agents.
  • Develop a better understanding of how selection of contrast can affect patient outcomes.

Supported through an unrestricted educational grant from GE Healthcare

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Optimizing Contrast-Enhanced CT with the Use of Saline
Released: January 28, 2019 Expires: July 31, 2022 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Dominik Fleischmann, MD | Lior Molvin, RT, CT, MBA
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Advances in technology have led computed tomography (CT) to become one of the main diagnostic tools utilized today in modern healthcare, as it provides a safe and low risk anatomical visualization of the human body. However, these advances have also introduced new challenges related to the administration of contrast, which is a fundamental component of many CT imaging exams, particularly in cardiac CT.

This Expert Forum aims to help a wider audience of radiology professionals understand how to use iodine contrast safely, by using a weight-based contrast strategy, which allows technologists and radiologists to image safely while obtaining optimal results. In addition, we will discuss the value of including saline in your protocols, which can result in contrast savings, but also provides the ability to optimize the contrast injection process to improve image quality and patient safety.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain insight into weight-based imaging strategies and how to implement them in clinical practice.
  • Identify when saline may be a helpful addition to an injection strategy.

Supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.

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Part 1 | The Foundation of Integrating DBT Into Your Practice
Released: October 06, 2020 Expires: October 31, 2022 CE credits: 1.0 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Laurie L. Fajardo, MD
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In this program Dr. Laurie Fajardo shares her experience with the set-up and use of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) in clinical practice. Participants will hear about system design, the impact on clinical performance, and how to best manage recall rates. In addition through carefully selected cases, Dr. Fajardo will share her approach to image interpretation and how one can manage DBT workflow effectively.

Educational Objectives:
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Explain the technology behind digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT).
  • Describe the impact DBT has on clinical performance.
  • Implement an approach to DBT interpretation.

Supported through an unrestricted educational grant from FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc.

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Part 2 | The Application of Integrating DBT Into Your Practice
Released: October 13, 2020 Expires: October 31, 2022 CE credits: 1.0 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Laurie L. Fajardo, MD
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In this second of a 3 Part Series, Dr. Laurie Fajardo discusses the benefits of digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) for detecting and diagnosing breast cancer and things to consider when planning or implementing DBT into breast imaging practices.

Dr. Fajardo discusses the importance of radiation dose reduction with synthetic 2D, reviews the published literature on the performance of synthetic 2D mammography, and shares how DBT can impact data storage and network data transmission across your PACS and enterprise system.

Educational Objectives:
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the efficacy of synthetic 2D from DBT.
  • Implement procedures for managing DBT data volumes and workflow.
  • Develop an approach to interpreting DBT images.

Supported through an unrestricted educational grant from FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc.

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Part 3 | DBT, Breast Density and Artificial Intelligence
Released: October 20, 2020 Expires: October 31, 2022 CE credits: 1.5 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Laurie L. Fajardo, MD
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In this final segment of this 3-part series, Dr. Laurie Fajardo addresses the radiologist’s challenges associated with dense breast imaging and interpretation through discussion and case presentation of interval breast cancer. This includes issues associated with assigning breast cancer risk to breast density and qualitative versus quantitative methods for assessing, and reporting breast density and risk assessment.

Further Dr. Fajardo will discuss how to incorporate breast cancer risk assessment into your breast imaging practice and closes the program with a discussion on the current impact of Artificial Intelligence on breast imaging and how it can enhance workflow.

Educational Objectives:
At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Articulate issues associated with assessing and reporting breast density and its associated cancer risk.
  • Explain the benefits of incorporating comprehensive risk assessment into breast imaging practices.
  • Implement the use of artificial intelligence to enhance breast imaging practice workflow and performance.

Supported through an unrestricted educational grant from FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc.

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PSMA Imaging: Current Status & Prospects
Released: October 29, 2020 Expires: October 31, 2022 CE credits: 1.0 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Jeremie Calais, MD, MSc | Jeffrey R. Karnes, MD | Oliver Sartor, MD
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This educational webinar features a panel of experts from Nuclear Medicine, Urology and Oncology, who are involved in the diagnosis and management of Prostate Cancer. By understanding the benefits of PSMA imaging, a Urologist’s timely referral can positively impact the patient’s journey and ultimately their quality of life. The clinical benefits of a prompt and accurate diagnosis of Prostate CA, using PSMA-11 PET/CT, will be reviewed by the faculty.

Upon completion of this CME activity the healthcare provider should be able to:

  1. Discuss the clinical benefits of PSMA Imaging for the diagnosis and management of prostate cancer
  2. Describe patient considerations for 68GA PSMA-11 PET/CT
  3. Articulate the clinical implications supporting the timely diagnosis of prostate cancer
  4. Implement guidelines of when to order 68GA PSMA-11 vs other imaging modalities (Bone scan, CT, MRI)
  5. Implement PSMA Imaging practice considerations to improve outcomes and patient management

This program is made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from Telix Pharmaceuticals

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Smart CT Solutions: Delivering Efficiency & Quality Improvement
Released: May 04, 2020 Expires: May 31, 2022 CE credits: 1.0 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Dushyant V. Sahani, M.D. | Daniele Marin, MD
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In clinical practice, a busy CT suite can experience a bottleneck of patient throughput that can impact wait times and patient satisfaction. As modern imaging departments continue to evolve with the installation of the latest devices, software, and tools to provide best in class care for their patients in the most efficient and productive manner, there is a necessity to share these best practices among healthcare providers.

This CE accredited webinar provides insight into the adoption of Smart CT Solutions and features two expert faculty members who will share their experiences on how to increase workflow efficiency and quality improvement in the CT Suite. Further information shared will demonstrate the value of smart contrast delivery systems, by expanding upon the importance of capturing and analyzing patient-enriched data through case proven examples and the incorporation of AI solutions

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the benefits of a smart CT injector system.
  • Implement improved workflow in the CT suite while maintaining full compliance with IBP.
  • Deliver customized contrast dosing for each patient with more precise iodine delivery.

Supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.

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The Modified Barium Swallow Study: When, How, and Why?
Released: September 01, 2019 Expires: September 30, 2023 CE credits: 1.0 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Applied Radiology
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Margaret M. Fynes, MD; Christine Smith, MS; and Martin B. Brodsky, PhD, ScM

Dysphagia is a common clinical challenge, particularly in the elderly. The modified barium swallow study (MBSS), initially developed by radiologists and speech-language pathologists (SLPs) at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, is critically important for evaluation and treatment of dysphagia. In this article, the authors, radiologist Margaret M. Fynes, MD, and two SLPs, Christine Smith, MS, and Martin B. Brodsky, PhD, ScM, review the technical and patient considerations for optimal performance of the MBSS according to The Johns Hopkins protocol. Because both perspectives, radiologist and SLP, are included, the article is able to highlight the importance of the role of each, as well as how they work together. Elements of the MBSS that have become more standardized over time, specifically the barium sulfate contrast agent products used, and the scoring and reporting of the examination with the Modified Barium Swallowing Impairment Profile (MBSImP), are described, and the contribution of this standardization to the overall accuracy and reliability of the MBSS is discussed.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Review the causes and incidence of dysphagia
  • Describe technical and patient considerations associated with performing a fluoroscopic modified barium swallow study (MBSS) to evaluate dysphagia
  • Explain how the MBSS contributes to the evaluation and treatment of patients with dysphagia by assessing the cause of dysphagia and allowing implementation of compensatory strategies in real-time
  • Explain the importance of the relationship between the radiologist and speech-language pathologist (SLP) during performance of the MBSS >
  • Explain how use of a standardized series of barium sulfate contrast agent products, as well as use of the Modified Barium Swallowing Impairment Profile (MBSImP), have contributed to standardization of the MBSS examination
  • Detail the benefits of MBSS standardization on the robustness and consistency of the examination

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

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The Role of Digital Breast Tomosynthesis in Breast Cancer Screening, Diagnosis, and Continued Patient Management
Released: November 05, 2020 Expires: November 30, 2022 CE credits: 2.0 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Applied Radiology
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Digital breast tomosynthesis, also known as 3D DBT first entered the clinical arena in 2011 when the FDA approved its use. Multiple studies have since shown that tomosynthesis is effective in both the screening and the diagnostic setting. This technology has quickly emerged as a practice-changing standard by increasing both sensitivity and specificity, thereby improving breast cancer detection and the clinical accuracy of mammograms.

This Expert Forum educational program focuses on the impact of digital breast tomosynthesis and the role it plays in all aspects of breast screening. In this program, you will hear from an expert panel consisting of four (4) healthcare professionals from various specialties; who are all involved in the diagnosis, treatment and care of breast cancer patients and who will share their clinical insights and experience.

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At the completion of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Discuss the importance of breast screening mammography.
  • Compare the differences between 2D and 3D mammography.
  • Explain how the use of 3D DBT will benefit their patients.
  • Increase the collaboration between radiologists and referring physicians.
  • Implement best practices for concise communication across the continuum of care.

Supported through an unrestricted educational grant from FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc.

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Use of ProHance® (Gadoteridol): A Safe, Effective, and Versatile Contrast Agent for MR Imaging
Released: March 01, 2019 Expires: March 31, 2022 CE credits: 1.0 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Matthew J. Kuhn, MD
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Original Release: 11/01/2016  / Updated Release: 03/01/2019

This article is 1 in a series that discusses the use of macrocyclic GBCAs in MRI.

A question-and-answer session with Matthew J. Kuhn, MD, Clinical Professor at the University of Illinois College Of Medicine at Peoria, Illinois.

At the end of this educational activity, the participant (learner) will be able to:

  • Describe the currently-available, FDA-approved, gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) and their main distinguishing properties.
  • Understand the evidence supporting the excellent safety profile of the macrocyclic GBCA ProHance (gadoteridol).
  • Summarize the literature comparing ProHance (gadoteridol) to other GBCAs, including the 1M agent Gadavist (gadobutrol; ie, the TRUTH study).
  • Explain how the macrocyclic GBCA ProHance (gadoteridol) provides versatility in a number of clinical setting.

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

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