Spectral CT: Adding Value in the Emergency Department

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Program Summary

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

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

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

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

Effective Date: November 9, 2017
CME Expiration Date: November 8, 2019
CE Expiration Date: December 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 Philips Healthcare

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

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


Gopal Punjabi, MD Gopal Punjabi, MD
Chief of Body Imaging
Hennepin County Medical Center

Commitment to Patient-Centered Care

"Mirza Ghalib, the great 19th century poet, once lamented, "Men do not always succeed in being human." I am passionate about treating every human being with dignity and respect. I have been providing care to the residents of Hennepin County since 2006. In particular, I have focused my energy to reduce radiation dose from CT scans. Working with outstanding CT technologists and some of the best equipment anywhere, I can proudly say that HCMC offers routine CT scans with some of the lowest radiation doses in the country."

Clinical Expertise

While Dr. Punjabi has broad experience in diagnostic radiology and nuclear medicine, he focuses on thoraco-abdominal and cardiac imaging. He has pioneered the introduction of advanced imaging modalities here at HCMC, including PET scans, CT urograms, CT/MR enterography, CT angiography, Cardiac CT/MR, CT lung screening, and liver elastography.

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Dr. Punjabi discloses that he has received honoraria and travel expenses from Philips Healthcare

No individual at IAME who had control over the content of this program has relationships with Philips Healthcare or any other commercial supporter.


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: Asset Resource Management (AM) and Operations Management (OM).

For information on applicability and acceptance of continuing education credit for this activity, please consult your professional licensing board or other credentialing organization.

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CME Credits
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CE Credits
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