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* Advanced MRI Safety Training For Healthcare Professionals:
Level 2 MR Personnel - 2017 Edition
Released: April 04, 2017 Expires: March 31, 2019 CE credits: 2.5 Cost: $50.00
Faculty: Frank G. Shellock, PhD, FACC, FACR, FACSM
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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 creater 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 - 2017 Edition
Released: April 04, 2017 Expires: April 30, 2019 CE credits: 1 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 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 hazards associated with MRI
  • Understand the screening process
  • Describe steps to prevent accidents and injuries

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* Renal Artery Duplex Expanding The Envelope
Released: April 05, 2017 Expires: April 30, 2020 CE credits: 1 Cost: $30.00
Faculty: Patrick A. Washko, BSRT, RDMS, RVT, FSVU
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In today’s healthcare environment, working in a vascular laboratory is extremely demanding, requiring a multitude of critical skills and abilities from today’s sonographer. The renal artery duplex examination is often viewed as the single most difficult examination performed. This lecture will cover a detailed description of the examination from patient preparation, to stenosis criteria and a broad array of tips and tricks in both a variety of normal and pathological settings. Sonography is very dependent on strong visual and motor skills along with critical thinking abilities.

This presentation is designed to help the sonographers, physicians and other imaging professionals formulate a plan to deal with difficult clinical presentations:

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this webinar one should be able to:

  • Understand the common indications for performing the renal artery duplex examination.
  • Note the importance of knobology and image optimization while insonating the renal arterial and venous system.
  • Identify the importance of direct and indirect renal artery assessment.
  • Discuss how to obtain a clinically diagnostic renal artery duplex examination.
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Advanced Techniques in Visualization of Microvascularization
Released: May 13, 2016 Expires: May 31, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Sally O'Hara, MD, FAAP, Patrick A. Washko, BSRT, RDMS, RVT, FSVU
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In recent years the capabilities of ultrasound flow imaging have increased enormously. With such versatility, clinicians are now using this non-invasive technique for additional diagnostic applications.

However, despite continued advances in the technology, it remains vital that clinicians understand both the capabilities and limitations of Doppler ultrasound.

This Expert Forum reviews these principles and discusses current advances that are adding additional clinical value in both the pediatric population and vascular labs.

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

  • Describe the differences between conventional Color Doppler, power Doppler and the new SMI (Superb Microvascular Imaging) technology.
  • Identify improvements to imaging capability between conventional Color Doppler, power Doppler and SMI.
  • Apply SMI to problem solving for pediatric and vascular imaging cases.

This program was originally broadcast live as part of a Webinar ssupported through an unrestricted educational grant from Toshiba America Medical Systems.

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AICI Volume 1: Safety, Efficacy and Selecting a Contrast Agent for MR
Released: June 22, 2015 Expires: June 30, 2017 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Jeffrey H. Maki
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This is the first article in a 4-part series discussing the use of macrocyclic gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs) in magnetic resonance imaging.

The goal is to provide an over-view of key considerations when evaluating the efficacy of a contrast agent and to provide a review of key studies related to the evaluation and use of specific contrast agents.

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

  • Describe both long-term and short-term risks for the patient related to the use of contrast agents.
  • Define the key considerations when evaluating the efficacy of a contrast agent.
  • Discuss the potential patient risk factors for NSF with various contrast agents.
  • Compare and contrast the benefits and cautions of specific contrast agents.
  • List the steps recommended for evaluation of a new contrast agent and possible reactions.
  • Review key studies related to the evaluation and use of specific contrast agents.

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

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AICI Volume 2: The Use of ProHance (Gadoteridol) in Patients with Renal Dysfunction
Released: October 26, 2015 Expires: November 30, 2017 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Desiree Morgan, MD, Rupan Sanyal, MD
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This is the second article in a 4-part series that discusses the use of macrocyclic GBCAs in MRI. The remaining 2 parts will appear in forthcoming issues of Applied Radiology

A question-and-answer session with Desiree Morgan, MD, Professor and Director of MRI, Body Imaging Section, and Rupan Sanyal, MD, Associate Professor, Body and Emergency Radiology Section, Department of Radiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, on the selection of a gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA) for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with renal dysfunction.

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

  • Describe both long-term and short-term risks for the patient related to the use of contrast agents.
  • Define the key considerations when evaluating the efficacy of a contrast agent.
  • Discuss the potential patient risk factors for NSF with various contrast agents.
  • Compare and contrast the benefits and cautions of specific contrast agents.
  • List the steps recommended for evaluation of a new contrast agent and possible reactions.
  • Review key studies related to the evaluation and use of specific contrast agents.

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

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AICI Volume 3: Use of ProHance® (Gadoteridol) for MRI in Special Patient Populations: Geriatrics and Pediatrics
Released: May 01, 2016 Expires: April 30, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Seferino Romo, RT(R)(MR)
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This is the third article in a 4-part series that discusses the use of macrocyclic GBCAs in MRI. The remaining part will appear in forthcoming issue of Applied Radiology

A question-and-answer session with Seferino Romo, RT(R)(MR), MR Technologist and MRI
Clinical Educator at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, the primary teaching hospital for the UTHealth Medical School, on the selection of a gadolinium-based contrast agent (GBCA) for magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) in special patient populations, including elderly and pediatric patients

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

  • Describe both long-term and short-term risks for the patient related to the use of contrast agents.
  • Define the key considerations when evaluating the efficacy of a contrast agent.
  • Discuss the potential patient risk factors for NSF with various contrast agents.
  • Compare and contrast the benefits and cautions of specific contrast agents.
  • List the steps recommended for evaluation of a new contrast agent and possible reactions.
  • Review key studies related to the evaluation and use of specific contrast agents.

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

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AICI Volume 4: Use of ProHance® (Gadoteridol): A Safe, Effective, and Versatile Contrast Agent for MR Imaging
Released: October 24, 2016 Expires: October 31, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Matthew J. Kuhn, MD
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This is the final article in a 4-part 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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Applied Hepatobiliary Scintigraphy in Chronic Gallbladder Diseases
Released: September 01, 2016 Expires: August 31, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Applied Radiology
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Mark Tulchinsky, MD, FACNM

Educational gaps are responsible for a significant variability in methodological practice in the use of CCK-CS with calculation of GBEF in patients with suspected gallbladder diseases. In addition, emerging evidence continues to refine the methodology of CCK-CS. Clinicians must remain abreast of current recommendations and innovative practices in order to provide the most specific CCK-CS test results in patients with suspected FGBD. This article will address the role of hepatobiliary scintigraphy (HBS) in the diagnosis and management of this often challenging clinical conundrum.

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Computed Tomography - What's Next & Why? | New Hardware & Software Transformations
Released: February 15, 2017 Expires: February 28, 2019 CE credits: 1.5 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Sujith K. Seneviratne, A/Prof, Marcus Y. Chen, MD
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As technology continues to impact how healthcare is practiced, this presentation on Computed Tomography - What's Next & Why? | New Hardware & Software Transformations will highlight through the clinical experiences of an Expert Faculty; how they are maximizing the latest advances to increase patient care, satisfaction and throughput.

This program was originally presented live at RSNA 2016 and sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Medical Education (IAME) and supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Toshiba America Medical Systems.

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Contrast Enhanced Body MR Imaging
Released: July 15, 2016 Expires: July 31, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Richard Semelka
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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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Contrast Enhanced MRI 2017 Update: New Issues | New Indications
Released: February 15, 2017 Expires: February 28, 2019 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Lawrence N. Tanenbuam, MD, FACR
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With a wide selection of gadolinium-based contrast agents now available in the US Market; MR imaging professionals must understand the chemical structure, differences in stability and relaxivity and safety profiles of each of these FDA approved MR agents.

Following Dr. Tanenbaum's presentation, questions from the audience will be addressed.

Educational Objectives

  • Refresh the understanding of the various contrast agents now FDA approved and available in the US market.
  • Understand the safety profiles of the available agents as well as the relationship to the individual physiochemical properties and stability.
  • Develop a better understanding of how recent knowledge affects the selection, use and screening before contrast use.

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

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Contrast Optimization in Low Radiation Dose Abdominal CT Imaging
Released: August 05, 2016 Expires: August 31, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Dushyant V. Sahani, M.D.
16335

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 second installment of a 3-Part CE Accredited Expert Forum Series, Dr. Dushyant Sahani discusses the strategies and protocols he and his colleagues have developed for imaging at lower radiation doses, while maintaining high diagnostic image quality in Body Imaging.

Following his talk, Dr. Sahani 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 body imaging.

This Program Has Been 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
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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 Imaging:
Applied Radiology July 2016 Supplement
Released: June 21, 2016 Expires: June 30, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Dushyant V. Sahani, M.D., Lawrence N. Tanenbuam, MD, FACR, Jeffrey C. Hellinger, MD, MBA
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Patient exposure to radiation is an increasing problem for healthcare professionals utilizing state-of-the-art, diagnostic computed tomography (CT) imaging. In Contrast Optimization in Low Radiation Dose Imaging, Drs. Sahani, Tanenbaum, and Hellinger utilize a case study format to review the need for strategies that minimize radiation exposure due to medical imaging in general, and to CT examinations in particular. In addition, they discuss how specific CT acquisition and postprocessing protocol parameters, such as low kVp and high-concentration contrast media (HCCM), can be used to simultaneously maximize image quality and consistency while minimizing radiation dose. Finally, they explain the synergistic impact of HCCM and iterative reconstruction (IR) post-processing techniques to increase CT angiography (CTA) signal-to-noise ratios and image quality recovery. A variety of case types are featured, including patients requiring CT for body, neuro, and cardiovascular applications.

Following review of this educational activity, the participant (learner) will be able to:

  • Review the need for strategies that minimize radiation exposure due to medical imaging in general, and to computed tomography (CT) examinations in particular;
  • Define the key CT acquisition and postprocessing protocol parameters that impact radiation dose;
  • Discuss the use of low kVp and high-concentration contrast media (HCCM) to maximize quality and consistency, and minimize radiation dose; and,
  • Explain the synergistic impact of HCCM and iterative reconstruction (IR) post-processing techniques to increase CTA signal-to-noise ratios and image quality recovery.

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
16260

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 discusses 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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Digital Breast Tomosynthesis: Part 1:
Where We Are and Where We Are Going with 2015 Update
Released: January 21, 2016 Expires: December 31, 2017 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Melissa A. Durand, Liane E. Philpotts
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In this first installment of a two-part series, Dr. Liane Philpotts, Professor of Diagnostic Radiology and Chief of Breast Imaging, and Dr. Melissa Durand, Assistant Professor of Diagnostic Radiology, both from the Yale School of Medicine, will share their experiences working with digital breast tomosynthesis in a clinical setting.

Part I will discuss the following:

  • The impact on recall rates and cancer detection of using breast tomosynthesis in screening mammography.
  • The impact of breast tomosynthesis on diagnostic workups.
  • Patient cases comparing conventional mammography with conventional mammography plus breast tomosynthesis.

Includes a 15 minute 2015 update presented by Dr. Durand covering the following:

  • Differences between vendor options for presently FDA-approved tomosynthesis units
  • Review the literature since last webinar (2013) regarding:
    • Screening mammography with tomosynthesis
    • Diagnostic mammography with tomosynthesis
    • Cost analysis of tomosynthesis
    • Demonstrate what we have learned about the tomosynthesis appearance of cancer
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Digital Breast Tomosynthesis: Part 2:
Incorporating It Into Your Practice with 2015 Update
Released: January 21, 2016 Expires: December 31, 2017 CE credits: 1 Cost: $20.00
Faculty: Melissa A. Durand, Liane E. Philpotts
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In the second installment of the breast tomosynthesis webinar series, Dr. Philpotts and Dr. Durand share their experiences as it relates to incorporating breast tomosynthesis into practice at Yale University School of Medicine.

Part Two. will disucss the following:

  • How to incorporate breast tomosynthesis into a screening and diagnostic mammography practice.
  • How to counsel patients’ concerns regarding radiation dose.
  • How to manage the changes in workflow from adopting breast tomosynthesis.
  • How to develop an improved understanding of the appearance of breast cancer on tomosynthesis.

Includes a 15 minute 2015 update presented by Dr. Durand covering the following:

  • Differences between vendor options for presently FDA-approved tomosynthesis units
  • Review the literature since last webinar (2013) regarding:
    • Screening mammography with tomosynthesis
    • Diagnostic mammography with tomosynthesis
    • Cost analysis of tomosynthesis
    • Demonstrate what we have learned about the tomosynthesis appearance of cancer
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DR Technology Advances for the Domains of Care
Released: October 22, 2015 Expires: October 31, 2017 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Bill Nicholas, Gregg R. Cretella
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Technology advances in Digital Radiography continue to positively impact the patient experience, offering improvements in image quality, dose reduction, departmental throughput and patient interactions. As a follow-on to Fujifilm’s AHRA presentation “Digital Radiography and Accountable Care”, this session will help attendees recognize how these advances can be used to improve patient perceptions for better HCAHPS scores to protect revenue and provide facilities with valuable marketing advantages.

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

  • Translate the advances and effective use of DR technology to the improvement of patient perceptions within the radiology department.
  • Educate and articulate the benefits of DR technology to your existing / potential patient population.
  • Monitor and act on trending data, targeting specific areas of patient satisfaction.

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

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Eliminating Medical Errors in Radiology:
Performance Improvement Series - Volume Two
Released: June 01, 2015 Expires: September 30, 2017 CE credits: 3 Cost: $45.00
Faculty: Joann C. Wilcox, RN, MSN, LNC
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It is essential that all who work in healthcare, particularly those who provide care and services to hospitalized patients, become actively involved in the identification and reporting of errors and in the development of approaches and solutions to avoid the commission of medical errors. The magnitude and the impact of these medical errors make this a problem for everyone and not one that can be resolved by a committee or a variety of project teams. The responsibility rests with each and every person in the system.

Authors today are openly addressing the issue of accountability in the provision of care to patients and, “most doctors and hospital administrators agree that accountability is a good thing” (Makary, 2012 p. 193). Identifying and reporting of errors is an essential demonstration of accountability. It is also recognized that assuming this accountability and ramifications of identifying and reporting errors takes considerable time that many practitioners do not believe is available to them. Using technology to assist in these processes and depending on all members of the team to help each other achieve this level of accountability can make these behaviors a part of one’s daily practice and belief systems.

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Image Guided Interventional Radiology Procedures Using a Combined Angiography CT System
Released: February 15, 2017 Expires: February 28, 2019 CE credits: 1.5 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: David Hays, MD, Farah Gillan Irani, MD
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As technology continues to impact how healthcare is practiced, this presentation on Image-Guided Interventional Radiology Procedures Using a Combined Angiography CT Systems will highlight through the clinical experiences of an Expert Faculty; how they are maximizing the latest advances to increase patient care, satisfaction and throughput.

This program was originally presented live at RSNA 2016 and sponsored by the Institute for Advanced Medical Education (IAME) and supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Toshiba America Medical Systems.

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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
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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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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
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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
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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.

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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
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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 4: Contrast Enhanced Neuro MRI: New Issues, New Indications
Released: October 01, 2016 Expires: October 31, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Lawrence N. Tanenbuam, MD, FACR
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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 final CME/CE Accredited Expert Forum Webcast of our four-part series, Dr. Lawrence Tanenbaum reviews contrast-enhanced Neuro MRI with an emphasis on current practices and indications as well as a survey of manifestations of diseases on contrast-enhanced MRI of the brain and spine.

Following Dr. Tanenbaum's presentation, questions from the audience are addressed.

Educational Objectives

  • Understand the fundamental indications for contrast use in evaluation of the brain and spine.
  • Understand the appearance of contrast enhanced MRI of a variety of disease states.
  • Review the technical parameters for obtaining optimized contrast enhanced images in the spine and brain at 1.5 and 3T.

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

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Pioneering the Routine & Advanced Use Of Model-Based Iterative Reconstruction In Your CT Department
Released: February 15, 2017 Expires: February 28, 2019 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Charles White, MD, Seth Kligerman, MD
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The use of CT has rapidly increased in recent years leading to substantial concern regarding medical imaging-related radiation dose. An important strategy to decrease patient dose while maintaining image quality is the use of iterative reconstruction (IR) algorithms. These algorithms have the advantage of reducing image noise, improving the contrast to noise ratio and increasing subjective image quality of CT studies. Initial hybrid IR approaches have been increasingly superseded by model-based iterative reconstruction techniques that use precise system statistics and optics models to further reduce image noise. One such algorithm, iterative model reconstruction (IMR) is the focus of this presentation.

The presenters will discuss an intuitive approach to understanding the physics behind IMR and its capabilities with respect to reducing imaging noise leading to both an objective and subjective improvement in image quality on CT. Relevant literature on this topic will be reviewed. Finally, the presenters will show examples acquired from various parts of the body to demonstrate the benefits of IMR use in comparison to conventional imaging and hybrid IR techniques.

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

This Program Has Been 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
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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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The Role of Prostate MR in Detection & Management of Prostatic Neoplasia
Released: February 15, 2017 Expires: February 28, 2019 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Stephen J. Pomeranz, MD
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Prostate MRI can be an effective tool in preventive as well as diagnostic and ongoing patient care for patients with statistical likelihood and/or risk factors predisposing them to the diagnosis of prostatic neoplasia. Used efficiently, MR contributes to early detection, accurate staging and localization, and reduction in unnecessary biopsies and treatment.

Skilled reporting provides allied health professionals with critical results to serve patients optimally, allocate resources effectively and improve treatment and surgical outcomes for their patients. This Expert Forum webcast will include a series of case reviews that incorporate and elucidate these concepts.

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

This program has been supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Hitachi Medical Systems.

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Tomosynthesis & Synthesized 2D Imaging: Part 1:
The Evolution of Mammography with 2015 Update
Released: January 21, 2016 Expires: December 31, 2017 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Elizabeth A. Rafferty, MD, Aron J. Belfer, MD
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Tomosynthesis (3D mammography), used in conjunction with a 2D mammogram, is becoming increasingly integrated into clinical practice. The use of a synthesized mammogram (C-View), recently approved by FDA, provides the advantages of tomosynthesis without the additional radiation exposure of obtaining a 2-D image.

In this two-part webinar series, our experts will explain how the C-view is used in conjunction with tomosynthesis imaging and review the clinical data regarding its performance. They will focus on examples demonstrating how C-View can be successfully incorporated into clinical practice.

Includes a 25 minute 2015 update presented by Dr. Rafferty and Dr. Belfer.

This activity has been supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Hologic.

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Tomosynthesis & Synthesized 2D Imaging: Part 2:
The Evolution of Mammography with 2015 Update
Released: January 21, 2016 Expires: December 31, 2017 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Elizabeth A. Rafferty, MD, Aron J. Belfer, MD
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Tomosynthesis (3D mammography), used in conjunction with a 2D mammogram, is becoming increasingly integrated into clinical practice. The use of a synthesized mammogram (C-View), recently approved by FDA, provides the advantages of tomosynthesis without the additional radiation exposure of obtaining a 2-D image.

In the second part of this webinar series, our experts will focus on examples demonstrating how C-View can be successfully incorporated into clinical practice.

Includes a 25 minute 2015 update presented by Dr. Rafferty and Dr. Belfer.

This activity has been supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Hologic.

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Transitioning Into Iterative Reconstruction & Model-Based Iterative Reconstruction: Benefits & Challenges
Released: August 13, 2015 Expires: August 31, 2017 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Terence Matalon, MD, Jonas Rydberg, MD
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In an era where patient safety is paramount, patient-focused imaging is becoming a standard in healthcare facilities around the world. As a result CT imaging has seen a tremendous increase in utilization due to its flexibility, speed and diagnostic accuracy, but the cumulative radiation dose issue remains a major topic of concern. In response, today’s imaging professionals are implementing new dose reduction techniques and protocols to make CT imaging as safe as possible.

This webcast originally aired live in July 2015 and focuses on the use of Iterative Reconstruction (IR) & Model-Based IR techniques to maximize image quality and reduce noise while allowing you to image at dose reductions of 40-50%.

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

  • Understand the need to incorporate Iterative Reconstruction (IR) techniques.
  • Describe the benefits of utilizing these techniques in clincial practice.
  • Describe the challenges of utilizing these techniques in clinical practice.

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

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Tricks of the Trade: MRI Fetal Imaging
Released: October 15, 2016 Expires: October 30, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Beth M. Kline-Fath, MD
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Fetal MRI is a relatively new area of imaging, which is technically challenging. It is important to understand the safety implications when imaging a fetus. In addition, given that the fetus is not sedated, it is important that technical knowledge of the imaging and a planned approach to the procedure is in place.

In this educational lecture, the preparation, positioning, planning for and obtaining of images as well as problem solving during the procedure will be discussed. The importance of anatomic imaging leading to accurate interpretation will be reinforced in cased-based examples of imaging singleton and twin gestations.

Following Dr. Kline-Fath's presentation, questions from the audience were addressed in a moderated Q&A session.

Educational Objectives

  • Review the safety of fetal MR Imaging.
  • Describe the technical approach to fetal MR Imaging.
  • Describe cases in which fetal MRI was helpful in the evaluation of singleton and twin gestations.

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

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Ultrasound & MR Elastography In Children
Released: October 01, 2016 Expires: October 31, 2018 CE credits: 1 Cost: $0.00
Faculty: Daniel J. Podberesky, MD
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Ultrasound and MR elastography are relatively new, clinically validated, and highly reliable and reproducible imaging techniques to non-invasively, rapidly, and cost-effectively evaluate chronic liver disease in children and adults.

These techniques have widespread applicability in the pediatric population, not only in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a leading cause of chronic liver disease in U.S. children, but in a variety of other pediatric chronic liver diseases. By measuring tissue stiffness, the radiologist can assist the clinician in identifying the presence of fibrosis within the liver parenchyma.

Histopathologic examination of liver biopsy specimens has long been considered the gold standard for the evaluation of hepatic fibrosis. However, liver biopsy is invasive, costly, not without complications, samples only a fraction of the liver parenchyma, and requires sedation/anesthesia in young children.

In this CME/CE Accredited Expert Forum, Dr. Podberesky will provide a brief overview of ultrasound and MR elastography techniques, review the current literature, applications, and provide imaging examples.

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

Educational Objectives

  • To understand the basic principles of ultrasound and MR elastography.
  • To understand how to apply liver ultrasound and MR elastography techniques to the pediatric population.
  • To review the role that liver ultrasound and MR elastography play in the clinical evaluation and surveillance of liver fibrosis and inflammation in children.

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

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