Recent Advances in Contrast-Enhanced Cardiac MRI

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Program Summary

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 was conducted where questions from the audience were answered.

Effective Date: August 20, 2017
CME Expiration Date: August 19, 2019
CE Expiration Date: October 31, 2019
Format: Self Instructional - Audio Visual with Slides
Educational Credits:
One (1) AMA/PRA Category 1 CME Credit™
One (1) ARRT Category A CE Credit.
One (1) AHRA CRA Credit
Estimated Completion Time: 1 hour

This program was originally broadcast live as part of a webinar sponsored by IAME and supported through an unrestricted educational grant from Guerbet, LLC.

Target Audience & Cost

This program is intended for: Radiologists, Other MD's, Radiologic Technologists, Radiology Administrators and related Imaging Professionals.

There is no cost to participate in this program.

Educational Objectives

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

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

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


U. Joseph Schoepf, MD U. Joseph Schoepf, MD
Professor of Radiology, Medicine, and Pediatrics
Director, Division of Cardiovascular Imaging
Medical University of South Carolina

Joe Schoepf, M.D., FACR, FAHA, FNASCI, FSCBT-MR, FSCCT, is a professor with appointments in radiology, cardiovascular medicine, and pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, South Carolina. At MUSC, Dr. Schoepf serves as the director of the division of cardiovascular imaging, director of computed tomography research, and as a director of the university-designated Center for Biomedical Imaging.

Dr. Schoepf, a native of Austria, graduated from the medical school of the University of Munich, Germany. After his residency he assumed a position at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in Boston, which he held from 2001 to 2004. Dr. Schoepf is certified in diagnostic radiology by the American and Austrian Specialty Boards as well as in cardiovascular CT by the American College of Radiology and the Certification Board for Cardiovascular CT. His main clinical and scientific interest is the use of advanced CT and MRI techniques for diagnosing disorders of the heart and lung.

Dr. Schoepf has been serving on the editorial boards of several scientific journals including Radiology, the Journal of the American Heart Association, the American Journal of Roentgenology, and Academic Radiology. He is deputy editor of the Journal of Thoracic Imaging, and head of the cardiac section of the editorial board of European Radiology. He has given over 300 invited lectures internationally, has authored more than 400 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals, over 20 book chapters, and five books.

Dr. Schoepf has been serving as chairman of several committees of the ACR and other professional societies. He is an honorary member of the Hungarian Radiology Society and of the Société Canadienne-Française de Radiologie and received Honorary Professorship from Nanjing University, China.

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U. Joseph Schoepf, MD Consultant for / research support from: Astellas, Bayer, Bracco, GE Healthcare, Guerbet, Medrad, Siemens Healthcare. Off-label use of gadolinium contrast agent

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The Institute for Advanced Medical Education (IAME) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Institute for Advanced Medical Education (IAME) designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA/PRA Category 1 CME Credits.™ Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Radiologic Technologists:
This course meets all criteria and has been approved by the AHRA, The Association for Medical Imaging Management for One (1) ARRT Category A CE Credit.

Radiology Administrators:
This course meets all CRA renewal credit criteria and has been approved for one (1) continuing education credit in the following CRA domains: Operations Management and Asset Management.

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