ISMRM/SMRT Joint Forum
Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis - A Multidisciplinary and Global Issue

Organizer: David W. Stanley, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)
Skill Level: Intermediate

Monday 5 May 2008


Described in 2000, nephrogenic systemic fibrosis (NSF) is an emerging systemic disorder characterized by widespread tissue fibrosis. This two-hour forum will provide participants with the most current information concerning the onset of NSF after the administration of intravenous contrast material for MR imaging (i.e., gadolinium chelates). Understanding the issue of NSF and careful patient management prior to the administration of gadolinium contrast agents is now a requirement of consideration for all clinicians and technologists globally. 

Educational Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Relate the history and impact of NSF on the MR community;
  • Describe the global approach and findings for NSF;
  • Recognize and validate the need for careful patient screening for all MRA procedures; and
  • Implement improved patient handling and screening procedures for gadolinium contrast studies.
  • Audience Description:

    This course is designed for radiological technologists, radiographers, radiologists, physicists, scientists, MR trainees, and all working with MR.

    14:00 NSF: Where have we been, where are we going Emanuel Kanal, M.D., F.A.C.R.
    14:25 NSF: Challenges of Gadolinium and NSF outside of North America Tim Leiner, Ph.D.
    14:45 Gadolinium and NSF: Risk factor screening and contrast administration Eric E. Williamson, M.D.
    15:05 NSF Management: A Technologist Perspective Cindy R. Comeau, B.S., R.T. (N)(MR)
    15:30 Panel Discussion  
    16:00 Adjournment