Contrast Media Basics: Important Considerations for the Pharmacist

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To receive credits, participants must review the program materials in their entirety and complete the online post examination and evaluation. Pharmacy credits require a post examination score of 70% or higher. ARRT Category A CE credits require a post examination score of 80% or higher.

Program Overview

Applied Radiology has developed this two-part, on-demand webinar and accompanying digital monograph to increase overall understanding of the properties, clinical benefits, and safety considerations of iodinated and gadolinium-based contrast agents (GBCAs). The goal of this program is to fully prepare pharmacy personnel to make informed decisions regarding contrast media selection.

Part One: Contrast Media Basics: Important Considerations for the Pharmacist
Part Two: A Pharmacist’s Guide to Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents
Part Three: Digital Monograph: Contrast Media Basics: A Comprehensive Overview

ACPE Pharmacy Credits:
Effective Date: March 17, 2024
Expiration Date: March 17, 2026

ARRT Category A Credits:
Effective Date: March 7, 2024
Expiration Date: March 31, 2027

Formats: Self Instructional - Audio Visual with Slides and Self Instructional - Text

Educational Credits:
2.5 ACPE Credits
2.5 ARRT Category A CE Credits
2.5 AHRA CRA Credits

Estimated Completion Time: 2.5 hours

Commercial Support

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

Target Audience

This program is intended for: Pharmacists, Radiologic Technologists, Radiology Administrators and related Imaging Professionals.

Learning Objectives

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

  1. Identify the differences between Ionic, Nonionic, Iso-osmolar contrast media (Iodinated & GBCAs.
  2. Review the important safety considerations associated with the administration of GBCAs.
  3. Describe and discuss important contrast media guidance documents, resources, and clinical reprints that support informed decision making in the selection of contrast media.
  4. Describe the clinical impact of contrast media changes and the impact on patient safety for each.
  5. Implement informed pharmacy practices related to the use of contrast media within their institution.


William Faulkner William Faulkner, B.S.,R.T.(R)(MR)(CT), FSMRT, MRSO (MRSC™)

Bill Faulkner has been working as an independent consultant through his own company, William Faulkner & Associates, providing MRI and CT education as well as MRI safety and clinical operations consulting for over 20 years. Clients include health care facilities, and medical companies such as GE, Philips, Siemens, Aspect Imaging, Invivo, Medtronic, Bracco Diagnostics and Metrasens. He has been teaching and lecturing on MRI for over 25 years. He is an active member and Fellow of the SMRT; serving as the first president. He is a founding board member of the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety (ABMRS), currently serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the ABMRS and is a credentialed MR Safety Officer. Bill is the author of “Rad Techs Guide to MRI: Basic Physics, Instrumentation and Quality Control”. He is the co-author of “Review Questions for MRI” and a contributing author for “MRI for Technologists”, “Handbook for MRI”, and the first edition of “The Physics of Clinical MR Taught Through Images”.

Kristan Harrington Kristan Harrington, MBA, R.T.(R)(MR), ARRT, MRSO (MRSC™)

Kristan has been working with William Faulkner & Associates for over 10 years providing both MRI educational and operational consulting services. She has spoken at conferences nationally and internationally for MTMI, Northwest Imaging Forums, Siemens Medical Systems, Bracco Diagnostics and Medtronic. She has extensive experience as an MRI educator holding positions with Philips Medical Systems, Rush University and Emory University in Atlanta. Kristan graduated from Emory University with her Bachelor’s degree in Medical Science Education in 1997 With Honors and her Associate’s in Radiology Technology in 1996. She received her Master’s in Business Administration in 2010. Kristan is a credentialed MR Safety Officer (MRSO) and a board member of the American Board of Magnetic Resonance Safety (ABMRS).


Rutu Patel Rutu Patel, PharmD, RPh

Rutu is a seasoned professional, with broad experience over a 19 year career in pharmaceutical and agency settings that has covered regulatory, promotional, and continuing education activities. Having a pharmacy background affords her the unique ability to grasp new subjects and assess large amounts of data in order to create accurate, concise, and engaging materials. She is passionate about the work she delivers and the lasting relationships she has built.

Over the course of her career, she has successfully planned, managed, and executed a multitude of strategic programs, including publications and associated planning activities, promotional and accredited monographs, symposia and other congress-related activities, slide content, as well as formal literature searches with data extraction for regulatory activities.

Disclosure Statements


William Faulkner, Is a speaker for Bracco Diagnostics and Guerbet and a consultant for Medtronics.

Kristan Harrington, Has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.


Rutu Patel, has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

Program Reviewers

Mary Corry, MSN has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.
Kristi Hales, Rph. was a former employee of Medquest.

All relevant financial relationships for faculty and program reviewers have been reviewed and mitigated.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure Policy

Identify, Mitigate, and Disclose Relevant Financial Relationships.

Many healthcare professionals have financial relationships with ineligible companies. These relationships must not be allowed to influence accredited continuing education. The Foundation for Care Management (FCM) as the accredited provider is responsible for identifying relevant financial relationships between individuals in control of educational content and ineligible companies and managing these to ensure they do not introduce commercial bias into the education. Financial relationships are defined as relevant if the educational content is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company. As an accredited provider FCM collects information from planners, faculty, and others in control of educational content and conducts an extensive review process. Financial relationships are identified, reviewed, and mitigated. In some cases, speakers and committee members may be excluded. All relevant financial relationships are disclosed to the learner in this handout as required by the ACCME.


Jointly Accredited Provider

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by The Foundation for Care Management (FCM) and Applied Radiology. FCM is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This program is approved for 2.5 Contact Hours Pharmacy Credit.
UAN JA0007163-9999-24-003-H05-P

Radiologic Technologists and Other HCP's:
This course meets all criteria and has been approved by the AHRA, The Association for Medical Imaging Management for 2.5 ARRT Category A CE Credits.

Radiology Administrators:
This course meets all CRA renewal credit criteria and has been approved for 2.5 continuing education credits 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.

Method of Participation/Criteria for Success

ACPE Credits
To receive ACPE credits for participating in this activity you must successfully complete the online post examination with a passing score of 70% or higher.

CE Credits
To receive CE credits, participants must review the program materials in their entirety and complete the online post examination and evaluation. ARRT Category A CE credits require a post examination score of 80% or higher.

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Participants have an implied responsibility to use the newly acquired information to enhance patient outcomes and their own professional development. The information presented in this activity is not meant to serve as a guideline for patient management. Any procedures, medications, or other courses of diagnosis or treatment discussed or suggested in this activity should not be used by clinicians without evaluation of their patient’s conditions and possible contraindications on dangers in use, review of any applicable manufacturer’s product information, and comparison with recommendations of other authorities.