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1
IV Insertion CEUS
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Faculty
Description

The use of ultrasound-enhancing agents (UEAs) in the practice of contrast echocardiography is now considered an essential component of a state-of-the-art echocardiography laboratory. Education on the appropriate use of UEAs to improve quantitative measurements of LV size and function, to detect regional dysfunction at rest and during stress, and to detect LV cavity abnormalities (thrombus, masses, hypertrophic cardiomyopathies, etc.) are necessary & their value to patient care needs to be reinforced. While didactic lectures are effective for teaching the impact of UEAs on patient care, the major clinical obstacle to the clinical adoption of contrast echocardiography is unfamiliarity with a variety of components. This IV access video allows for familiarity and learning so diagnostic imaging can be improved and patient care can be enhanced.

Objectives

  • Introduction to prepare you for any type of IV or Agent administration training Types of agents & how to administer
  • Challenges and benefits of implementing a sonographer agent administration & IV insertion program
  • Pitfalls of IV insertion and solutions
  • How to insert an IV
  • How to remove an IV

Target Audience

The content of this SDMS CME symposium is intended for healthcare professionals including Sonographers, Imaging Nurses, Administrators, Researchers, and Others.

Accreditation

This program has been submitted for approval of .5 hours of SDMS CME Credit Category AE by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS).

Release Date: 7/29/2024 | Expires 07/28/2025

Faculty and Planner Disclosures:
As an accredited provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of Northwest Imaging Forums (NWIF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty and planners must disclose any financial relationships with commercial interests germane to program content. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of NWIF to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. The planner has nothing to disclose.

Faculty

Jessica Stout BS, RDCS, FASE

Technical Director, Echocardiography Laboratory, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Accreditation coming soon – Watch the video now. .

2
2024 – MRI Safety: Level 1 MR Personnel
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description Objectives Sample Description

This 1 hour comprehensive course is designed for medical professionals requiring Level 1 certification for working within the MR Environment. The course explains what the American College of Radiology (ACR) is and its role in creating guidelines for medical facilities. All of the various roles for medical staff will be discussed with an emphasis on Level 1 roles and responsibilities. MR Zoning and its importance along with reasoning for controlled access into various areas of MR will be defined. The importance of MR Screening of both patients and medical professionals will be discussed. Finally, the difference between near incidents and actual incidents will be differentiated and examples of MR Safety accidents will be reviewed.

Objectives

  • State what the American College of Radiology (ACR) is and their Guidelines
  • Define roles and responsibilities with a concentration on Level 1 personnel
  • Create an understanding of MR zoning and controlled access into Zone III
  • Explain the importance of MR Screening of all staff and patients
  • Inform Level 1 concerns for MR Safety as related to patients and personnel
  • Show examples of MR Safety incidents

Sample

Sample handout:   MR Safety Level 1 Personnel Sample

3
2024 – Level 2 MR Safety for MR Radiologists
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description

This video is designed to be used for annual MR safety training specifically for the radiologist who oversees MRI.

Accreditation

There is no accreditation for this video.

4
2024 – MRI Safety: Level 2 MR Personnel
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Sample
Description

This MR safety video (approximately 50 minutes in length) is produced specifically for MR Level 2 Personnel as defined by the ACR Guidance Document on MR Safe Practices: 2013. The major topics covered in this video include: • Personnel designation • MR safety zones and access control • Static field • Gradient (time-varying) magnetic fields • Radio frequency (RF) fields • Spatial gradient fields • Patients with implants and/or devices • Labeling • Conditions of use (including B1+rms) • Managing patient warming • Preventing thermal injuries • Patient and non-patient screening • Quench • Medical emergencies in the MRI environment • Managing the claustrophobic or anxious patient This video program is intended to satisfy annual education requirements.

Please Note: This activity was previously offered within a combined CE Module and cannot be used again in this or any subsequent biennium if completed previously. Additionally, this activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat an activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.  In other words if you received credit for this course last year and you are not in a new biennium, you can not take this course for credit.

Objectives

  • Define Level 1 and Level 2 MR personnel
  • Define MR safety Zones III and IV
  • Describe the procedures and documentation associated with screening non-MR personnel
  • Describe the recommendations of both the ACR and Joint Commission with regard to screening patients
  • Describe the importance of patients being dressed in MR appropriate attire prior to undergoing and MR procedure
  • Describe how to minimize the risk to patients with regard to RF burns
  • Name several methods to manage SAR during an MR procedure
  • Describe the importance of monitoring patients and how to prepare for medical emergencies
  • Name and describe the current labeling terminology for implants and devices
  • Describe safety issues related to a quench
  • Name the major acute and chronic gadolinium-based contrast media adverse events
  • Describe techniques which can minimize patient anxiety

Target Audience

The content of this Contrast Enhanced MRI Program is intended for healthcare professionals who work in the MRI environment. These individuals include MRI Technologists, Imaging Nurses, MRI Researchers, and Others.

Accreditation

This program has been approved for 1.0 hour of Category A CE credit as designated by the Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists (SMRT) RCEEM. Please Note: This activity was previously offered within a combined CE Module and cannot be used again in this or any subsequent biennium if completed previously. Additionally, this activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat an activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.

Release Date: 02/26/2024 | Expires 02/27/2025

Sample

 

5
Injection 101 for Abdominal Sonographers
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Faculty
Description

The use of ultrasound-enhancing agents (UEAs) in the practice of contrast echocardiography is now considered an essential component of a state-of-the-art echocardiography laboratory. Education on the appropriate use of UEAs to improve quantitative measurements of LV size and function, to detect regional dysfunction at rest and during stress, and to detect LV cavity abnormalities (thrombus, masses, hypertrophic cardiomyopathies, etc.) are necessary & their value to patient care needs to be reinforced. While didactic lectures are effective for teaching the impact of UEAs on patient care, the major clinical obstacle to the clinical adoption of contrast echocardiography is unfamiliarity with a variety of components. This IV access video allows for familiarity and learning so diagnostic imaging can be improved and patient care can be enhanced.

Objectives

  • Introduction to prepare you for any type of IV or Agent administration training Types of agents & how to administer
  • Challenges and benefits of implementing a sonographer agent administration & IV insertion program
  • Pitfalls of IV insertion and solutions
  • How to insert an IV
  • How to remove an IV
  • Why sonographers (with case examples)

Target Audience

The content of this SDMS CME symposium is intended for healthcare professionals including Sonographers, Imaging Nurses, Administrators, Researchers, and Others.

Accreditation

This program has been submitted for approval of 1.00 hours of SDMS CME Credit Category AB by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS).

Release Date: 03/13/2024 | Expires 03/13.2025

Faculty and Planner Disclosures:
As an accredited provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of Northwest Imaging Forums (NWIF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty and planners must disclose any financial relationships with commercial interests germane to program content. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of NWIF to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. The planner has nothing to disclose.

Faculty

Christine Merrill, BSc, CRGS, CRVS,  RDMS, RVT

Sonographer, Department of Radiology
University of Calgary
Calgary, AB Canada

 

 

 

Maria Stanczak, MS, RDMS, RVT, R.T(R)(M)

Assistant Professor and Vascular Sonography Clinical Coordinator
Thomas Jefferson University

 

 

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Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

6
The Safe and Effective use of Ultrasound Enhancing Agents – SDMS
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Faculty
Description

The Ultrasound community is challenged with maintaining current knowledge of trends and advances that could impact decision-making. The goal of this roundtable will be to discuss clinical care topics, such as formulary, storage, use, and dilution practices utilizing three healthcare professionals. Additionally, this panel will discuss the feasibility and value of UEAs, and convey key information related to how to efficiently and safely use these UEAs in current clinical care.

Objectives

  • To understand strategies to reduce the risk of adverse reactions to ultrasound enhancing agents.
  • Perform proper administration of various ultrasound enhancing agents.
  • How to properly assemble/ prepare the various ultrasound enhancing agents.
  • To understand best practices for safe and appropriate use of ultrasound enhancing agents in echocardiography laboratories.
  • To recognize the value and appropriate techniques for dilution of ultrasound enhancing agents to improve image quality and mitigate side effects.

Target Audience

The content of this SDMS CME webinar is intended for healthcare professionals including Sonographers, Imaging Nurses, Administrators, Researchers, and Others.

Accreditation

This program has been submitted for approval of 1.50 hours of SDMS CME Credit Category AE by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS).

Release Date: 11/20/2023| Expires 11/19/2024

Faculty and Planner Disclosures:
As an accredited provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of Northwest Imaging Forums (NWIF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty, and planners must disclose any financial relationships with commercial interests germane to program content. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of NWIF to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. The planner has nothing to disclose.

Faculty

Yvette Carvallo, RDCS, RVS, CCT, FASE

Overlook Medical Center
Atlantic Health System
Summit, New Jersey

 

 

 

 

Linda D. Gillam, MD, MPH, MACC, FAHA

Chair, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine Medical Director, Cardiovascular Service Line
Morristown Medical Center/Atlantic Health System
Professor of Medicine Sidney Kimmel Medical
College at Thomas Jefferson University

 

 

 

Jordan B. Strom, MD, MSc, FACC, FASE

Director, Echocardiography Laboratory,
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine,
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

 

 

 

Ed Kent, B.S. Pharm., R.Ph.

Integrated Health Systems, Pharmacy
Services and Diagnostic Imaging
formulary optimization
Post Falls, Idaho

 

 

Video Only – Click Here

If you wish to receive credit, please click on the
Take this Course button above.

Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

7
The Safe and Effective use of Ultrasound Enhancing Agents – CME
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Faculty
Description

The Ultrasound community is challenged with maintaining current knowledge of trends and advances that could impact decision-making. The goal of this roundtable will be to discuss clinical care topics, such as formulary, storage, use, and dilution practices utilizing three healthcare professionals. Additionally, this panel will discuss the feasibility and value of UEAs, and convey key information related to how to efficiently and safely use these UEAs in current clinical care.

Objectives

  • To understand strategies to reduce the risk of adverse reactions to ultrasound enhancing agents.
  • Perform proper administration of various ultrasound enhancing agents.
  • How to properly assemble/ prepare the various ultrasound enhancing agents.
  • To understand best practices for safe and appropriate use of ultrasound enhancing agents in echocardiography laboratories.
  • To recognize the value and appropriate techniques for dilution of ultrasound enhancing agents to improve image quality and mitigate side effects.

Target Audience

The content of this CME webinar is intended for healthcare professionals including Physicians, Imaging Nurses, Administrators, Researchers, and Others.

Accreditation

This CME activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Northwest Imaging Forums (NWIF) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NWIF designates this webinar for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician CME Effective: 10/27/2023 – 10/27/2024

Faculty and Planner Disclosures:
As an accredited provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of Northwest Imaging Forums (NWIF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty and planners must disclose any financial relationships with commercial interests germane to program content. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of NWIF to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. The planner has nothing to disclose.

Faculty

Yvette Carvallo, RDCS, RVS, CCT, FASE

Overlook Medical Center
Atlantic Health System
Summit, New Jersey

Linda D. Gillam, MD, MPH, MACC, FAHA

Chair, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine Medical Director, Cardiovascular Service Line
Morristown Medical Center/Atlantic Health System
Professor of Medicine Sidney Kimmel Medical
College at Thomas Jefferson University

Jordan B. Strom, MD, MSc, FACC, FASE

Director, Echocardiography Laboratory,
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine,
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Ed Kent, B.S. Pharm., R.Ph.

Integrated Health Systems, Pharmacy
Services and Diagnostic Imaging
formulary optimization
Post Falls, Idaho

Video Only – Click Here

If you wish to receive credit, please click on the
Take this Course button above.

Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

8
MRI Safety Level 1 MR Personnel 2023
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description Objectives Sample Description

This 1 hour comprehensive course is designed for medical professionals requiring Level 1 certification for working within the MR Environment. The course explains what the American College of Radiology (ACR) is and its role in creating guidelines for medical facilities. All of the various roles for medical staff will be discussed with an emphasis on Level 1 roles and responsibilities. MR Zoning and its importance along with reasoning for controlled access into various areas of MR will be defined. The importance of MR Screening of both patients and medical professionals will be discussed. Finally, the difference between near incidents and actual incidents will be differentiated and examples of MR Safety accidents will be reviewed.

Objectives

  • State what the American College of Radiology (ACR) is and their Guidelines
  • Define roles and responsibilities with a concentration on Level 1 personnel
  • Create an understanding of MR zoning and controlled access into Zone III
  • Explain the importance of MR Screening of all staff and patients
  • Inform Level 1 concerns for MR Safety as related to patients and personnel
  • Show examples of MR Safety incidents

Sample

Sample handout:   MR Safety Level 1 Personnel Sample

9
Agent Administration & IV Insertion for a Sonographer
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Faculty
Description

The use of ultrasound-enhancing agents (UEAs) in the practice of contrast echocardiography is now considered an essential component of a state-of-the-art echocardiography laboratory. Education on the appropriate use of UEAs to improve quantitative measurements of LV size and function, to detect regional dysfunction at rest and during stress, and to detect LV cavity abnormalities (thrombus, masses, hypertrophic cardiomyopathies, etc.) are necessary & their value to patient care needs to be reinforced. While didactic lectures are effective for teaching the impact of UEAs on patient care, the major clinical obstacle to the clinical adoption of contrast echocardiography is unfamiliarity with a variety of components. This IV access video allows for familiarity and learning so diagnostic imaging can be improved and patient care can be enhanced.

Objectives

  • Introduction to prepare you for any type of IV or Agent administration training Types of agents & how to administer
  • Challenges and benefits of implementing a sonographer agent administration & IV insertion program
  • Pitfalls of IV insertion and solutions
  • How to insert an IV
  • How to remove an IV
  • Why sonographers (with case examples)

Target Audience

The content of this SDMS CME symposium is intended for healthcare professionals including Sonographers, Imaging Nurses, Administrators, Researchers, and Others.

Accreditation

This program has been submitted for approval of 1.00 hours of SDMS CME Credit Category AE by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS).

Release Date: 02/29/2024 | Expires 02/28/2025

Faculty and Planner Disclosures:
As an accredited provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of Northwest Imaging Forums (NWIF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty and planners must disclose any financial relationships with commercial interests germane to program content. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of NWIF to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. The planner has nothing to disclose.

Faculty

Lauren C. Motola, BS, RDCS, FASE

Adult & Pediatric Cardiac Sonographer
Elliot Hospital – Manchester, NH

 

 

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Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

10
2023 – MRI Safety: Level 2 MR Personnel
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Sample
Description

This MR safety video (approximately 50 minutes in length) is produced specifically for MR Level 2 Personnel as defined by the ACR Guidance Document on MR Safe Practices: 2013. The major topics covered in this video include: • Personnel designation • MR safety zones and access control • Static field • Gradient (time-varying) magnetic fields • Radio frequency (RF) fields • Spatial gradient fields • Patients with implants and/or devices • Labeling • Conditions of use (including B1+rms) • Managing patient warming • Preventing thermal injuries • Patient and non-patient screening • Quench • Medical emergencies in the MRI environment • Managing the claustrophobic or anxious patient This video program is intended to satisfy annual education requirements.

Please Note: This activity was previously offered within a combined CE Module and cannot be used again in this or any subsequent biennium if completed previously. Additionally, this activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat an activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.  In other words if you received credit for this course last year and you are not in a new biennium, you can not take this course for credit.

Objectives

  • Define Level 1 and Level 2 MR personnel
  • Define MR safety Zones III and IV
  • Describe the procedures and documentation associated with screening non-MR personnel
  • Describe the recommendations of both the ACR and Joint Commission with regard to screening patients
  • Describe the importance of patients being dressed in MR appropriate attire prior to undergoing and MR procedure
  • Describe how to minimize the risk to patients with regard to RF burns
  • Name several methods to manage SAR during an MR procedure
  • Describe the importance of monitoring patients and how to prepare for medical emergencies
  • Name and describe the current labeling terminology for implants and devices
  • Describe safety issues related to a quench
  • Name the major acute and chronic gadolinium-based contrast media adverse events
  • Describe techniques which can minimize patient anxiety

Target Audience

The content of this Contrast Enhanced MRI Program is intended for healthcare professionals who work in the MRI environment. These individuals include MRI Technologists, Imaging Nurses, MRI Researchers, and Others.

Accreditation

This program has been approved for 1.0 hour of Category A CE credit as designated by the Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists (SMRT) RCEEM. Please Note: This activity was previously offered within a combined CE Module and cannot be used again in this or any subsequent biennium if completed previously. Additionally, this activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat an activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.

Release Date: 02/27/2023 | Expires 02/26/2024

Sample


11
An Imaging Technologist Guide to Artificial Intelligence – CE
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Faculty
Description

In today’s fast-paced clinical environment, it is helpful to understand how artificial intelligence technologies work in the medical field. Specifically, the history of AI, the industry terms and the role of artificial intelligence in medical imaging.

Objectives

  • State examples of early and current uses of artificial intelligence
  • Define artificial intelligence
  • Define Machine Learning
  • Define Deep Learning
  • Give examples of AI uses in medical imaging

Target Audience

The content of this Technologist CE Accredited Webinar is intended for  technologists and other healthcare professionals with an interest in medical imaging and artificial intelligence.

Accreditation

This MRI program has been submitted for approval of 1.5 hour of category A CE technologist credit as designated by The Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists (SMRT) RCEEM.

Release Date: TBD | Expires TBD

Faculty and Planner Disclosures:
As an accredited provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of Northwest Imaging Forums (NWIF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty and planners must disclose any financial relationships with commercial interests germane to program content. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of NWIF to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. The planner has nothing to disclose.

Faculty

William Faulkner
BS, RT (R)(MR) (CT), FSMRT, MRSO

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.

12
Considerations in the Selection of Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents – CE
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Faculty
Description

This symposium titled “Considerations in the Selection of Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents” explores CNS and Body studies in MRI. Our experts discuss practical strategies and  implementation of guidelines in routine clinical practice. We will review strategies on how to address concerns regarding gadolinium administration as well. The purpose of this symposium is to provide physicians and other health care professionals with current clinical data to make informed decisions in their clinical settings.

Objectives

  • Describe the key physicochemical properties of GBCAs
  • Discuss the definition of stability as it relates to GBCAs
  • Explain the concept of relaxivity
  • Describe the importance of high relaxivity in diagnostic radiology

Target Audience

The content of this CE Symposium is intended for healthcare professionals including Facility Managers, Researchers, Technologists and Others.

Accreditation

This program has been submitted for 1.0 hour of Category A American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) credit, as designated by The International Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists (ISMRT) Recognized Continuing Education Evaluation Mechanism (RCEEM). This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a live seminar/meeting or self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium. 

It is the responsibility of each individual to maintain a record of previously submitted and credited live or self-learning CE or CME activities. Duplicate credit for the same activity in the same biennium is not permitted.

Release Date: 2/26/2024 | Expires 2/27/2025

Faculty and Planner Disclosures:
As an accredited provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of Northwest Imaging Forums (NWIF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty and planners must disclose any financial relationships with commercial interests germane to program content. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of NWIF to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. The planner has nothing to disclose.

Faculty

Emanuel Kanal, MD, FACR,
FISMRM, MRMD/SE, AANG

Chief, Division of Emergency Radiology
and Teleradiology Director Magnetic Resonance Services
Professor of Radiology and Neuroradiology University of Pittsburgh Medical Center University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

 

 

Kristin Porter, MD, PhD

MR Modality Chief Associate Professor
Abdominal Imaging Section University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

 

 

Video Only – Click Here

If you wish to receive credit, please click on the
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Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

13
Considerations in the Selection of Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents – CME
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Faculty
Description

This symposium titled “Considerations in the Selection of Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents” explores CNS and Body studies in MRI. Our experts discuss practical strategies and  implementation of guidelines in routine clinical practice. We will review strategies on how to address concerns regarding gadolinium administration as well. The purpose of this symposium is to provide physicians and other health care professionals with current clinical data to make informed decisions in their clinical settings.

Objectives

  • Describe the key physicochemical properties of GBCAs
  • Discuss the definition of stability as it relates to GBCAs
  • Explain the concept of relaxivity
  • Describe the importance of high relaxivity in diagnostic radiology

Target Audience

The content of this CME/CE Symposium is intended for healthcare professionals including Radiologists and Other Physicians, Radiologic and Imaging Nurses, Facility Managers, Researchers, Technologists and Others.

Accreditation

This CME activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Northwest Imaging Forums (NWIF) is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NWIF designates this webinar for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

Release Date: 2/26/2024 | Expires 2/27/2025

Faculty and Planner Disclosures:
As an accredited provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of Northwest Imaging Forums (NWIF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty and planners must disclose any financial relationships with commercial interests germane to program content. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of NWIF to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. The planner has nothing to disclose.

Faculty

Emanuel Kanal, MD, FACR,
FISMRM, MRMD/SE, AANG

Chief, Division of Emergency Radiology
and Teleradiology Director Magnetic Resonance Services
Professor of Radiology and Neuroradiology University of Pittsburgh Medical Center University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

 

 

Kristin Porter, MD, PhD

MR Modality Chief Associate Professor
Abdominal Imaging Section University of Alabama at Birmingham

 

 

 

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If you wish to receive credit, please click on the
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Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

14
Artificial Intelligence in Echocardiography: Workflow Efficiency & Patient Satisfaction – SDMS
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Disclosures
Faculty
Description

In today’s fast-paced clinical environment, it is helpful to understand how ultrasound integrates new artificial intelligence technologies to best serve both physicians and patients. Specifically, how AI can improve patient satisfaction, increase medical professionals’ workflow efficiency, expand scientific knowledge and explore disease prediction models.

Objectives

  • To review the different types of machine learning (ML) techniques
  • To understand how ML algorithms could be incorporated in practice to improve echo lab workflow
  • Characterize the challenges and opportunities related to the application of AI in echocardiography in the COVID-19 era
  • Understand the potential for AI technology in improving patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes

Target Audience

The content of this SDMD CME Symposium is intended for sonographers, and other healthcare professionals involved in echocardiography.

Accreditation

This program has been submitted for approval of 1.0 hour of SDMS CME Credit Category AE by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS).

Release Date: 10/16/2023 | Expires: 10/15/2024

Disclosures

Jordan B. Strom, MD, MSc, FACC, FASE

  • Edwards Life Sciences
  • Bracco
  • Ultromics and Heart Sciences

Patricia A. Pellikka, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASE

  • Ultromics LTD
  • American Society of Echo Foundation

Partho Sengupta, MD, DM, FACC, FASE

  • Ultromics LTD
  • Kencor Health
  • RCE Technologies

Faculty

Jordan B. Strom
MD, MSc, FACC, FASE

Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

 

 

Patricia A. Pellikka
MD, FACC, FAHA, FASE

Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

 

 

Partho Sengupta
MD, DM, FACC, FASE

WVU Heart & Vascular Institute
Morgantown, WV

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Supported in part with unrestricted educational grants provided by:
Bracco Diagnostics Inc. & Lantheus Medical Imaging
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

15
Artificial Intelligence in Echocardiography: Workflow Efficiency & Patient Satisfaction – CME
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Disclosures
Faculty
Description

In today’s fast-paced clinical environment, it is helpful to understand how ultrasound integrates new artificial intelligence technologies to best serve both physicians and patients. Specifically, how AI can improve patient satisfaction, increase medical professionals’ workflow efficiency, expand scientific knowledge and explore disease prediction models.

Objectives

  • To review the different types of machine learning (ML) techniques
  • To understand how ML algorithms could be incorporated in practice to improve echo lab workflow
  • Characterize the challenges and opportunities related to the application of AI in echocardiography in the COVID-19 era
  • Understand the potential for AI technology in improving patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes

Target Audience

To review the different types of machine learning (ML) techniques To understand how ML algorithms could be incorporated in practice to improve echo lab workflow Characterize the challenges and opportunities related to the application of AI in echocardiography in the COVID-19 era Understand the potential for AI technology in improving patient satisfaction and clinical outcomes

Accreditation

This CME activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.   Northwest Imaging Forums is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  NWIF designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 hour AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Release Date: 10/16/2023 | Expires: 10/15/2024

Faculty and Planner Disclosures:
As an accredited provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of Northwest Imaging Forums, Inc. (NWIF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty and planners must disclose any financial relationships with commercial interests germane to program content. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of NWIF to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. The planner has nothing to disclose.

Disclosures

Jordan B. Strom, MD, MSc, FACC, FASE

  • Edwards Life Sciences
  • Bracco
  • Ultromics and Heart Sciences

Patricia A. Pellikka, MD, FACC, FAHA, FASE

  • Ultromics LTD
  • American Society of Echo Foundation

Partho Sengupta, MD, DM, FACC, FASE

  • Ultromics LTD
  • Kencor Health
  • RCE Technologies

Faculty

Jordan B. Strom
MD, MSc, FACC, FASE

Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Patricia A. Pellikka
MD, FACC, FAHA, FASE

Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Partho Sengupta
MD, DM, FACC, FASE

WVU Heart & Vascular Institute
Morgantown, WV

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Supported in part with unrestricted educational grants provided by:
Bracco Diagnostics Inc. & Lantheus Medical Imaging
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

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Level 2 MR Safety for MR Radiologists
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description

This video is designed to be used for annual MR safety training specifically for the radiologist who oversees MRI.

Accreditation

There is no accreditation for this video.

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Contrast Echocardiography Case Studies – SDMS
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Disclosures
Faculty
Description

Sonographers and Physicians need up-to-date information to understand the important role of contrast echocardiography for the diagnosis, monitoring, and management of cardiovascular disease. Reliable endocardial border definition is crucial for the assessment of LV wall motion and detection of coronary artery disease (CAD), which can be difficult in some patients. In situations where quality images can only be recorded using special breathing maneuvers, clinicians may find that stress echocardiography with contrast agents is of benefit, particularly in obtaining reliable loops at peak stress. This webinar will present case studies illustrating the use of contrast to improve image quality and diagnostic accuracy in echocardiography.

Objectives

  • How to properly use contrast imaging to evaluate cardiac masses and chest pain.
  • When to use conventional LVO imaging vs. VLMI (very low MI imaging) for different pathology.
  • How to identify cardiac rupture using contrast imaging.
  • How to identify regional wall motion abnormalities and aneurysms using contrast imaging.

Target Audience

This program has been designed for sonographers, and other healthcare professionals involved in echocardiography.

Accreditation

This program has been submitted for approval of 1.0 hour of SDMS CME Credit Category AE by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS).

Release Date: 04/01/2024 | Expires: 04/01/2025

Disclosures

Joan J. Olson, BS, RDCS, RVT, FASE

  • No Disclosures

Jennifer Betz, BS, RDCS, FASE

  • No Disclosures

Faculty

 

Joan J. Olson, BS, RDCS, RVT, FASE

Echocardiography & Nuclear
Imaging Manager
Nebraska Medicine
Omaha, Nebraska

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Betz, BS, RDCS, FASE

Mayo School of Health Sciences
Rochester, MN

 

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Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

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Contrast Echocardiography Case Studies – CME
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Disclosures
Faculty
Description

Sonographers and Physicians need up-to-date information to understand the important role of contrast echocardiography for the diagnosis, monitoring, and management of cardiovascular disease. Reliable endocardial border definition is crucial for the assessment of LV wall motion and detection of coronary artery disease (CAD), which can be difficult in some patients. In situations where quality images can only be recorded using special breathing maneuvers, clinicians may find that stress echocardiography with contrast agents is of benefit, particularly in obtaining reliable loops at peak stress. This webinar will present case studies illustrating the use of contrast to improve image quality and diagnostic accuracy in echocardiography.

Objectives

  • How to properly use contrast imaging to evaluate cardiac masses and chest pain.
  • When to use conventional LVO imaging vs. VLMI (very low MI imaging) for different pathology.
  • How to identify cardiac rupture using contrast imaging.
  • How to identify regional wall motion abnormalities and aneurysms using contrast imaging.

Target Audience

This program has been designed for physicians with an interest in cardiac imaging (including, but not limited to, cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiac, and vascular surgeons), and other healthcare professionals involved in echocardiography.

Accreditation

This CME activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.   Northwest Imaging Forums is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  NWIF designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 hour AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Release Date: 04/01/2024 | Expires: 04/01/2025

Faculty and Planner Disclosures:
As an accredited provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of Northwest Imaging Forums, Inc. (NWIF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty and planners must disclose any financial relationships with commercial interests germane to program content. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of NWIF to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. The planner has nothing to disclose.

Disclosures

Joan J. Olson, BS, RDCS, RVT, FASE

  • No Disclosures

Jennifer Betz, BS, RDCS, FASE

  • No Disclosures

Faculty

 

Joan J. Olson, BS, RDCS, RVT, FASE

Echocardiography & Nuclear
Imaging Manager
Nebraska Medicine
Omaha, Nebraska

 

 

 

 

Jennifer Betz, BS, RDCS, FASE

Mayo School of Health Sciences
Rochester, MN

 

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Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

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The Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and How Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS) Can Improve Patient Care – SDMS
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Disclosures
Faculty
Description

In this webinar, we will cover endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR) and fenestrated-branched endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (F-BEVAR) for the treatment of aortic aneurysms. We will also explore possible complications of this treatment, highlighting endoleaks. Cases of how the use of contrast-enhanced ultrasound improved images will be presented with a brief explanation describing how the “bubbles” work. Lastly, a dive into the use of ultrasound and contrast-enhanced ultrasound within the vascular surgery practice of the aortic field will be reviewed.

Objectives

  • Introduce the optimal uses of ultrasound and contrast-enhanced ultrasound for aortic pathologies.
  • Discuss the importance and benefits of contrast-enhanced ultrasound compared to CT.
  • Review the limitations of contrast-enhanced ultrasound.
  • Review how contrast-enhanced ultrasound improves vascular practice on treatments of aortic aneurysm.

Target Audience

This program has been designed for sonographers, and other healthcare professionals involved in echocardiography.

Accreditation

This program has been submitted for approval of 0.5 hour of SDMS CME Credit Category AB by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS).

Release Date: 03/31/2024 | Expires: 03/31/2025

Disclosures

Carla K. Scott, MD

  • No Disclosures

Faculty

Carla K. Scott, MD

Vascular Surgeon (SBACV board certified), Brazil
Ultrasound Doppler Specialist, Brazil
UT Southwestern Research Fellow, Dallas, Texas, US

 

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Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

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The Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and How Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound (CEUS) Can Improve Patient Care – CME
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Disclosures
Faculty
Description

In this webinar, we will cover endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (EVAR) and fenestrated-branched endovascular aortic aneurysm repair (F-BEVAR) for the treatment of aortic aneurysms. We will also explore possible complications of this treatment, highlighting endoleaks. Cases of how the use of contrast-enhanced ultrasound improved images will be presented with a brief explanation describing how the “bubbles” work. Lastly, a dive into the use of ultrasound and contrast-enhanced ultrasound within the vascular surgery practice of the aortic field will be reviewed.

Objectives

  • Introduce the optimal uses of ultrasound and contrast-enhanced ultrasound for aortic pathologies.
  • Discuss the importance and benefits of contrast-enhanced ultrasound compared to CT.
  • Review the limitations of contrast-enhanced ultrasound.
  • Review how contrast-enhanced ultrasound improves vascular practice on treatments of aortic aneurysm.

Target Audience

This program has been designed for physicians with an interest in cardiac imaging (including, but not limited to, cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiac, and vascular surgeons), and other healthcare professionals involved in echocardiography.

Accreditation

This CME activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.   Northwest Imaging Forums is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  NWIF designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.5 hour AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Release Date: 03/31/2024 | Expires: 03/31/2025

Faculty and Planner Disclosures:
As an accredited provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of Northwest Imaging Forums, Inc. (NWIF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty and planners must disclose any financial relationships with commercial interests germane to program content. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of NWIF to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. The planner has nothing to disclose.

Disclosures

Carla K. Scott, MD

  • No Disclosures

Faculty

Carla K. Scott, MD

Vascular Surgeon (SBACV board certified), Brazil
Ultrasound Doppler Specialist, Brazil
UT Southwestern Research Fellow, Dallas, Texas, US

 

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Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

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Stop the Right Heart Struggles: RV Opacification– CME
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Disclosures
Faculty
Description

This webinar will discuss processes needed to evaluate the right ventricle (RV) of the heart, assess the challenges with various patient populations, and explore the advantages of using ultrasound enhancing agents (UEAs) for a more comprehensive diagnosis. Using UEAs to enhance RV echocardiography, as established by various case studies, has shown to be effective in evaluating the right ventricular size, function, and wall motion to a greater degree than without. Current trends will be reviewed and real-life case examples will be presented to enhance patient care.

Objectives

  • Describe how size and function play pivotal roles in the prognosis of several cardiac diseases.
  • Discuss the reasons why echocardiography should be the most frequently used imaging modality.
  • Review cardiac anatomy and explore how Right Ventricular (RV) assessment requires multiple scanning windows.

Target Audience

This program has been designed for physicians with an interest in cardiac imaging (including, but not limited to, cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiac, and vascular surgeons) and other healthcare professionals involved in echocardiography.

Accreditation

This CME activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.   Northwest Imaging Forums is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  NWIF designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 hour AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Date: 02/19/2024 | Expires: 02/18/2025

Faculty and Planner Disclosures:
As an accredited provider of continuing medical education, it is the policy of Northwest Imaging Forums, Inc. (NWIF) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its activities. In accordance with this policy, faculty and planners must disclose any financial relationships with commercial interests germane to program content. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of NWIF to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME activity. The planner has nothing to disclose.

Disclosures

Jason B. Pereira, MS, RCS

  • Clinical Specialist for Lantheus Medical Diagnostic Imaging Solutions

Faculty

Jason B. Pereira, MS, RCS

Research Echosonographer
Yale-New Haven Health System
New Haven, CT

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Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

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Stop the Right Heart Struggles: RV Opacification – SDMS
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Disclosures
Faculty
Description

This webinar will discuss processes needed to evaluate the right ventricle (RV) of the heart, assess the challenges with various patient populations, and explore the advantages of using ultrasound enhancing agents (UEAs) for a more comprehensive diagnosis. Using UEAs to enhance RV echocardiography, as established by various case studies, has shown to be effective in evaluating the right ventricular size, function, and wall motion to a greater degree than without. Current trends will be reviewed and real-life case examples will be presented to enhance patient care.

Objectives

  • Describe how size and function play pivotal roles in the prognosis of several cardiac diseases.
  • Discuss the reasons why echocardiography should be the most frequently used imaging modality.
  • Review cardiac anatomy and explore how Right Ventricular (RV) assessment requires multiple scanning windows.

Target Audience

This program has been designed for sonographers and other healthcare  professionals involved in echocardiography.

Accreditation

This program has been submitted for approval of 1.0 hour of SDMS CME Credit Category AE by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS).

Date: 02/19/2024 | Expires: 02/18/2025

Disclosures

Jason B. Pereira, MS, RCS

  • Clinical Specialist for Lantheus Medical Diagnostic Imaging Solutions

Faculty

Jason B. Pereira, MS, RCS

Research Echosonographer
Yale-New Haven Health System
New Haven, CT

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Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

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Kanal’s MRMD/MRSO Safety Training Virtual Conference
Expires After: Does not Expire









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Next
Program Description
Schedule
Speaker
Accreditation
Disclosures
Program Description

In an effort to provide Physicians, Technologists, and other course attendees with current information and data to make informed decisions in their clinical settings, this symposium covers several objectives. These include teaching and reviewing the basic principles underlying the potential areas of safety concern involved in the MR imaging process and magnetic resonance environment. In addition, defining the thought process algorithms for assessing whether a patient/device/implant/ foreign object can safely undergo MR imaging, and familiarizing the attendee with medico-legal considerations associated with MR safety.

Schedule

Sunday – Day 1 (4.0 Hours)
2:50
3:00
5:00
7:00 pm
Opening Announcements – Matt Wilson
Introduction, MRMD, MRSO, MRSE
Static Magnetic Fields Part I, II
End of Session
Monday – Day 2 (8.0 Hours)
7:20
7:30
8:30
9:30
10:00
11:00
12:00
1:15
2:15
3:15
3:45
4:45
5:45
Opening Announcements – Matt Wilson
Static Magnetic Fields Part III
Static Magnetic Fields Part IV
Break
Static Magnetic Fields Part V
RF Magnetic Fields Part I
Lunch on Your Own
RF Magnetic Fields Part II
RF Magnetic Fields Part III
Break
RF Magnetic Fields Part IV
RF Magnetic Fields Part V
End of Session
Tuesday – Day 3 (8.0 Hours)

7:20
7:30
8:30
9:30
10:00
11:00
12:00
1:15
2:15

3:15
3:45
4:45
5:45

Opening Announcements – Matt Wilson
Gradient Magnetic Fields Part I
Gradient Magnetic Fields Part II
Break
Safety of Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents
Cryogen Safety Considerations
Lunch on Your Own
Implant Safety: Clinical Application and Decision Making Part I
Implant Safety: Kanal’s MR Safety Implant Risk Assessment
app: Decision tree review and utilization
Break
Implant Safety: Clinical Application and Decision Making Part II
Review of Submitted Questions
End of Session
Wednesday – Day 4 (4.0 Hours)
7:20
7:30

8:30
9:30
10:00
11:00
12:00

Opening Announcements – Matt Wilson
Product labeling and off-label imaging:
The FDA does not approve uses of drugs/devices
Legal Considerations: Part I
Break
Legal Considerations: Part II
Legal Considerations: Part III
End of Session

Speaker

Emanuel Kanal, MD, FACR, FISMRM, MRMD/SE, AANG

Director, Magnetic Resonance Services Professor of Radiology and Neuroradiology

Dr. Kanal has been involved in researching and teaching the world about magnetic resonance (MR) safety issues for more than 30 years, since the introduction of MRI as a clinical diagnostic tool. Having chaired the first magnetic resonance safety committee ever created, he also chaired numerous other MR safety committees and has been continually involved in and/or leading MR safety initiatives ever since. These include, among others, having chaired the MR Safety Committee for the American College of Radiology from its inception in 2001 until the summer of 2012, being awarded fellowship in the American College of Radiology as well as the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and being named a Special Government Employee to the Food and Drug Administration on MR safety issues for both the Division of Medical Imaging and Hematology Products/Drug Safety group (of the Office of Surveillance and Epidemiology) regarding magnetic resonance contrast agents as well as the FDA Center for Devices and Radiological Health regarding all matters relating to magnetic resonance safety.

Accreditation

This CME activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the providership of The Northwest Imaging Forums, Inc. (NWIF). The Northwest Imaging Forums, Inc. is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Northwest Imaging Forums, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 24 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses may claim credit for activities approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ in most states, for up to 50% of the nursing requirement for recertification. This activity is designated for up to 24.0 AMA PRA Category1 Credits ™.

This MRI program has been submitted for approval of 24 hours of category A CE technologist credit as designated by The Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists (SMRT) RCEEM. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a live activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium. To receive the maximum amount of credit hours, you must attend all sessions. Verification of attendance policies will be in place for each lecture. This meeting has applied to CAMPEP for approval of 24 MPCEC (Medical Physics Continuing Education Credit) hours.

Disclosures

  • Emanuel Kanal, MD, FACR, FISMRM, MRMD, MRSE, AANG
    • General Electric Healthcare – Speaking Fee
    • Bracco Diagnostics Inc. – Speaking Fee


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Non-MR Personnel
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Target Audience
Accreditation
Sample
Description

This video is designed to assist sites in providing MR safety education for non- MRI personnel. The video address the importance of access restrictions to the MRI environment and MR safety screening for patients and support personnel.

Target Audience

Specifically designed for MR departments to use as an education tool for all hospital staff (ie non-MR personnel).

Accreditation

No-Accreditation

Sample

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MR Safety for First Responders
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description Accreditation Sample Description

This video is designed to assist sites in providing MR safety training for first responders (in particular firefighters and police officers).  The main focus is on the dangers associated with the static field and quenching the magnet.  Importance of MRI personnel control of the environment is also emphasized.  

Accreditation

There is not accreditation for this video.

Sample

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Multimodality Imaging for Assessment of Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) and the Role of Contrast Echocardiography – SDMS
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Disclosures
Faculty
Description

In today’s current clinical environment, it is helpful to understand echocardiographic assessment of Left Ventricular Assist Devices. Specifically, how to evaluate Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) complications using echocardiography and recognize the role of CT in evaluation of LVAD complications. There is a need to provide case review for better understanding of echocardiographic assessment of LVAD and how it can increase patient care images. This webinar will cover the role of both contrast echocardiography and CT in evaluation of LVAD.

Objectives

  1. Understand when, why, and how to use Ultrasound Enhancing Agents (UEAs)
  2. Understand when to use UEAs in the imaging of patients with LVADs
  3. Discuss tips and tricks for sonographers in LVAD imaging
  4. Understand echocardiographic assessment of LVAD
  5. Evaluate LVAD complications using echocardiography
  6. Recognize the role of CT in evaluation of LVAD complications

Target Audience

This program has been designed for sonographers, and other healthcare professionals involved in echocardiography.

Accreditation

This program has been submitted for approval of 1.0 hour of SDMS CME Credit Category AE by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS).

Release Date: 10/16/2023| Expires: 10/15/2024

Disclosures

Dinesh H. Jagasia, MD

  • No Disclosures


Beth Hartzel, RDCS

  • No Disclosures

Faculty

Dinesh H. Jagasia, MD

Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of Cardiology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

 

 

 

Beth Hartzel, RDCS

Cardiac Sonographer
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

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Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

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Multimodality Imaging for Assessment of Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) and the Role of Contrast Echocardiography – CME
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Disclosures
Faculty
Description

In today’s current clinical environment, it is helpful to understand echocardiographic assessment of Left Ventricular Assist Devices. Specifically, how to evaluate Left Ventricular Assist Device (LVAD) complications using echocardiography and recognize the role of CT in evaluation of LVAD complications. There is a need to provide case review for better understanding of echocardiographic assessment of LVAD and how it can increase patient care images.  This webinar will cover the role of both contrast echocardiography and CT in evaluation of LVAD.

Objectives

  1. Understand when, why, and how to use Ultrasound Enhancing Agents (UEAs)
  2. Understand when to use UEAs in the imaging of patients with LVADs
  3. Discuss tips and tricks for sonographers in LVAD imaging
  4. Understand echocardiographic assessment of LVAD
  5. Evaluate LVAD complications using echocardiography
  6. Recognize the role of CT in evaluation of LVAD complications

Target Audience

This program has been designed for physicians with an interest in cardiac imaging (including,but not limited to, cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiac, and vascular surgeons)

Accreditation

This CME activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Northwest Imaging Forums is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NWIF designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.0 hour AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit
commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Release Date: 10/16/2023 | Expires: 10/15/2024

Disclosures

Dinesh H. Jagasia, MD

  • No Disclosures


Beth Hartzel, RDCS

  • No Disclosures

Faculty

Dinesh H. Jagasia, MD

Professor of Clinical Medicine
Division of Cardiology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

 

 

 

Beth Hartzel, RDCS

Cardiac Sonographer
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

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Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

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Contrast in the Time of Cardio-Oncology – CME
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Disclosures
Faculty
Description

In this webinar we discuss the when and why to use ultrasound enhancing agents (UEAs). This includes when two or more LV segments cannot be visualized adequately for the assessment of LV function (LVEF and RWM assessment) and/or in settings in which the study indication requires accurate analysis of RWMA (JASE 2018). Current information on safety and optimization is discussed and we explore Cardio-Oncology and how best to monitor cardiotoxicity. Lastly, we cover current updates of UEA roles in the evaluation of masses including perfusion techniques.

Objectives

  1. When, why, and how should I use ultrasound enhancing
    agents?
    1. Current recommendations
    2. Safety
    3. Optimization
  2. Cardio-Oncology
    1. What is it? Why is it important?
    2. What imaging should I use to monitor for cardiotoxicity?
      • 2D, 3D, ultrasound enhancing agents
    3. Usefulness of Strain
  3. UEA for mass perfusion
    1. Thrombus vs Tumor?
    2. Optimizing perfusion techniques

Target Audience

This program has been designed for physicians with an interest in cardiac imaging (including, but not limited to, cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiac, and vascular surgeons)

Accreditation

This CME activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Northwest Imaging Forums is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NWIF designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Release Date: 10/16/2023 | Expires: 10/15/2024

 

Disclosures

Rupal O’Quinn, MD, FACC

  • Nothing to Disclose


Michelle McGovern, RDCS

  • Nothing to Disclose

Faculty

Rupal O’Quinn, MD, FACC

Director of Cardio-Oncology
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

 

Michelle McGovern, RDCS

Echocardiography Lab Technical Director
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

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Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

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Contrast in the Time of Cardio-Oncology – SDMS
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Disclosures
Faculty
Description

In this webinar we discuss the when and why to use ultrasound enhancing agents (UEAs). This includes when two or more LV segments cannot be visualized adequately for the assessment of LV function (LVEF and RWM assessment) and/or in settings in which the study indication requires accurate analysis of RWMA (JASE 2018). Current information on safety and optimization is discussed and we explore Cardio-Oncology and how best to monitor cardiotoxicity. Lastly, we cover current updates of UEA roles in the evaluation of masses including perfusion techniques.

Objectives

  1. When, why, and how should I use ultrasound enhancing
    agents?
    1. Current recommendations
    2. Safety
    3. Optimization
  2. Cardio-Oncology
    1. What is it? Why is it important?
    2. What imaging should I use to monitor for cardiotoxicity?
      • 2D, 3D, ultrasound enhancing agents
    3. Usefulness of Strain
  3. UEA for mass perfusion
    1. Thrombus vs Tumor?
    2. Optimizing perfusion techniques

Target Audience

This program has been designed for sonographers, and other healthcare professionals involved in echocardiography.

Accreditation

This program has been submitted for approval of 0.75 SDMS CME Credit Category AE by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS).

Release Date: 10/16/2023 | Expires: 10/15/2024

Submitted for approval of 0.75 SDMS CME Credit Category AE

Disclosures

Rupal O’Quinn, MD, FACC

  • Bracco – honoraria for unrestricted educational conference (ROQ and MM) and consulting in 2018 (ROQ)
  • Discussion of off-label use of ultrasound enhancing agents


Michelle McGovern, RDCS

  • No Disclosures

Faculty

Rupal O’Quinn, MD, FACC

Director of Cardio-Oncology
Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania

 

Michelle McGovern, RDCS

Echocardiography Lab Technical Director
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

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Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them.

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Microbubbles In Practice: Safety, Efficacy, and the Use of Ultrasound Enhancing Agents in the Clinic – SDMS
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Disclosures
Faculty
Description

There is a need to provide high quality and timely, clinically relevant cardiovascular education. In an effort to provide an overview of UEAs and the types of UEA available in the United States; we will review the historical safety data on UEAs. Discuss current approaches toward adverse reactions. Evaluate indications for UEA use and evidence base for efficacy in practice. This will provide Physicians and Sonographers with current information and data to make informed decisions in their clinical settings.

Objectives

  • Review the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of UEAs in the ED and ICU
  • Understand the best practices for use of UEAs in echocardiography laboratories and the role of decision aides
  • Review billing/coding for UEA use in echocardiography

Target Audience

This program has been designed for sonographers with an interest in cardiac imaging and other healthcare professionals involved in echocardiography.

Accreditation

This program has been submitted for approval of 0.75 SDMS CME Credit Category AE by the Society of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (SDMS).

Release Date: 07/11/2023 | Expires: 07/10/2024

Submitted for approval of 0.75 SDMS CME Credit Category AE

Disclosures

Jordan Strom, MD, MSc, FACC, FASE

  • Philips Healthcare – Consultant
  • Edwards Lifesciences – Grant Funding

Faculty

Jordan B. Strom, MD, MSc, FACC, FASE

Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

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Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them. 

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Microbubbles In Practice: Safety, Efficacy, and the Use of Ultrasound Enhancing Agents in the Clinic – CME
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Disclosures
Faculty
Description

There is a need to provide high quality and timely, clinically relevant cardiovascular education. In an effort to provide an overview of UEAs and the types of UEA available in the United States; we will review the historical safety data on UEAs. Discuss current approaches toward adverse reactions. Evaluate indications for UEA use and evidence base for efficacy in practice. This will provide Physicians and Sonographers with current information and data to make informed decisions in their clinical settings.

Objectives

  • Review the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of UEAs in the ED and ICU
  • Understand the best practices for use of UEAs in echocardiography laboratories and the role of decision aides
  • Review billing/coding for UEA use in echocardiography

Target Audience

This program has been designed for physicians with an interest in cardiac imaging (including, but not limited to, cardiologists, interventional cardiologists, cardiac, and vascular surgeons), and other healthcare professionals involved in echocardiography.

Accreditation

This CME activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Northwest Imaging Forums is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. NWIF designates this live activity for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit
commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Valid from 07/11/2023 | Expires: 07/10/2024

Faculty and Planner Disclosures:

In accordance with this policy, faculty and planners must disclose any financial relationships with commercial interests germane to program content. Additionally, in the event a conflict of interest (COI) does exist, it is the policy of NWIF to ensure that the COI is resolved in order to ensure the integrity of the CME/CE activity. The planner has nothing to disclose.

Disclosures

Jordan Strom, MD, MSc, FACC, FASE

  • Philips Healthcare – Consultant
  • Edwards Lifesciences – Grant Funding

Faculty

Jordan B. Strom, MD, MSc, FACC, FASE

Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

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Supported by an Educational Grant from Bracco Diagnostics Inc.
We are grateful to our faculty for their expertise and are privileged to work with them. 

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MRI Safety: Level 2 MR Personnel Video Only (Non-CE)
Expires After: 1 year

Description Objectives Target Audience Accreditation Sample Description

This MR safety video (approximately 50 minutes in length) is produced specifically for MR Level 2 Personnel as defined by the ACR Guidance Document on MR Safe Practices: 2013. The major topics covered in this video include:

  • Personnel designation
  • MR safety zones and access control
  • Static field • Gradient (time-varying) magnetic fields
  • Radio frequency (RF) fields
  • Spatial gradient fields
  • Patients with implants and/or devices
  • Labeling
  • Conditions of use (including B1+rms)
  • Managing patient warming
  • Preventing thermal injuries
  • Patient and non-patient screening
  • Quench
  • Medical emergencies in the MRI environment
  • Managing the claustrophobic or anxious patient

 

This video program is intended to satisfy annual education requirements

Objectives

  • Define Level 1 and Level 2 MR personnel
  • Define MR safety Zones III and IV
  • Describe the procedures and documentation associated with screening non-MR personnel
  • Describe the recommendations of both the ACR and Joint Commission with regard to screening patients
  • Describe the importance of patients being dressed in MR appropriate attire prior to undergoing and MR procedure
  • Describe how to minimize the risk to patients with regard to RF burns
  • Name several methods to manage SAR during an MR procedure
  • Describe the importance of monitoring patients and how to prepare for medical emergencies
  • Name and describe the current labeling terminology for implants and devices
  • Describe safety issues related to a quench
  • Name the major acute and chronic gadolinium-based contrast media adverse events
  • Describe techniques which can minimize patient anxiety

Target Audience

The content of this Contrast Enhanced MRI Program is intended for healthcare professionals who work in the MRI environment. These individuals include MRI Technologists, Imaging Nurses, MRI Researchers, and Others.

Accreditation

This program has no Category A CE credit assigned.

Sample

Sample Handout: MR Safety Level 2 Personnel Sample

 

 

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MR Registry Prep Series
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Sample
Description

The MRI Registry Prep series is authored by Bill Faulkner, a well-known MRI consultant, author and MRI educator.   Topics in this series include: MR Hardware, Safety, Basic Principles of MRI, MR Image Contrast, Pulse Sequences, MR Data Acquisition, Imaging Options and Image Quality, MRA, Diffusion and Perfusion.  In addition, This MR Registry Prep series consists of 6 detailed videos, designed for the MR Technologist who are studying for the MR Certification Exam.  This series will cover the majority of physics-based topics that are on the MR Certification Exam. The viewer must achieve a score of 75% on all quizzes and view all videos to receive a certificate of completion.

MR Registry Prep Series Topics include:

  • MR Hardware
  • MR Safety
  • Basic MR Principles
  • Relaxation and MR Image Contrast
  • Pulse Sequences
  • MR Data Acquisition
  • Imaging Options
  • MR Image Quality
  • Formulas and Calculations
  • MRA
  • Diffusion and Perfusion

Objectives

The series objective is to provide the participant with basic knowledge as it pertains to clinical MRI, in addition to helping them prepare to sit for the MRI certification exam.

Target Audience

  • Technologists interested in MRI.
  • Technologists who have never had any formal education in MRI principles.
  • Molecular Imaging Technologists or CT Technologists who may be cross-training into MRI.
  • Technologists who are preparing for the ARRT or ARMRIT MR certification exams.

Accreditation

This program has been approved for 6.0 hour of Category A CE credit as designated by the Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists (SMRT) RCEEM. 

Please Note:  If This activity was previously offered within a combined CE Module it cannot be used again in this or any subsequent biennium. Additionally, this activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors.  ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat an activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.

Release Date: TBD Expires: TBD

Sample

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MRI Safety Level 1 MR Personnel
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description Objectives Sample Description

This 1 hour comprehensive course is designed for medical professionals requiring Level 1 certification for working within the MR Environment. The course explains what the American College of Radiology (ACR) is and its role in creating guidelines for medical facilities. All of the various roles for medical staff will be discussed with an emphasis on Level 1 roles and responsibilities. MR Zoning and its importance along with reasoning for controlled access into various areas of MR will be defined. The importance of MR Screening of both patients and medical professionals will be discussed. Finally, the difference between near incidents and actual incidents will be differentiated and examples of MR Safety accidents will be reviewed.

Objectives

  • State what the American College of Radiology (ACR) is and their Guidelines
  • Define roles and responsibilities with a concentration on Level 1 personnel
  • Create an understanding of MR zoning and controlled access into Zone III
  • Explain the importance of MR Screening of all staff and patients
  • Inform Level 1 concerns for MR Safety as related to patients and personnel
  • Show examples of MR Safety incidents

Sample

Sample handout:   MR Safety Level 1 Personnel Sample

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MRI Safety: Level 2 MR Personnel
Expires After: Does not Expire

Description
Objectives
Target Audience
Accreditation
Sample
Description

This MR safety video (approximately 50 minutes in length) is produced specifically for MR Level 2 Personnel as defined by the ACR Guidance Document on MR Safe Practices: 2013. The major topics covered in this video include: • Personnel designation • MR safety zones and access control • Static field • Gradient (time-varying) magnetic fields • Radio frequency (RF) fields • Spatial gradient fields • Patients with implants and/or devices • Labeling • Conditions of use (including B1+rms) • Managing patient warming • Preventing thermal injuries • Patient and non-patient screening • Quench • Medical emergencies in the MRI environment • Managing the claustrophobic or anxious patient This video program is intended to satisfy annual education requirements.

Please Note: This activity was previously offered within a combined CE Module and cannot be used again in this or any subsequent biennium if completed previously. Additionally, this activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat an activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.  In other words if you received credit for this course last year and you are not in a new biennium, you can not take this course for credit.

Objectives

  • Define Level 1 and Level 2 MR personnel
  • Define MR safety Zones III and IV
  • Describe the procedures and documentation associated with screening non-MR personnel
  • Describe the recommendations of both the ACR and Joint Commission with regard to screening patients
  • Describe the importance of patients being dressed in MR appropriate attire prior to undergoing and MR procedure
  • Describe how to minimize the risk to patients with regard to RF burns
  • Name several methods to manage SAR during an MR procedure
  • Describe the importance of monitoring patients and how to prepare for medical emergencies
  • Name and describe the current labeling terminology for implants and devices
  • Describe safety issues related to a quench
  • Name the major acute and chronic gadolinium-based contrast media adverse events
  • Describe techniques which can minimize patient anxiety

Target Audience

The content of this Contrast Enhanced MRI Program is intended for healthcare professionals who work in the MRI environment. These individuals include MRI Technologists, Imaging Nurses, MRI Researchers, and Others.

Accreditation

This program has been approved for 1.0 hour of Category A CE credit as designated by the Society for MR Radiographers & Technologists (SMRT) RCEEM. Please Note: This activity was previously offered within a combined CE Module and cannot be used again in this or any subsequent biennium if completed previously. Additionally, this activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat an activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.

Release Date: 02/27/2023 | Expires 02/26/2024

Sample