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SMRT Educational Seminars
Introduction to Spectroscopy
Volume 3, Number 1
The SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 3, Number 1), has been approved for 3.0 Category A Continuing Educational credits.

Read the SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 3, Number 1), "Introduction to Spectroscopy" and complete the quiz and official Answer Form at the back of the article. To receive credit the quiz must be completed with a score of 75% or better. Completion of all questions with a passing score will earn a total of 3.0 category A Continuing Education credits.
SMRT members should send the completed Answer Form to the SMRT Education Department for scoring. The certificate will state the CE reference number and awarded CE credits. Members receiving a score less than 75% will be notified and given the option of taking the quiz an additional two times. Members should retain their CE Certificate for their Continuing Education registry requirements.
Educational Objectives
The Whole Body NMR Spectroscopy Examination
  • To review the basic physical principles of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS).
  • To discuss various hardware requirements needed to perform MRS in the clinical setting.
  • To familiarize the reader with a typical MRS exam including patient preparation, coil considerations, localization techniques, and data acquisition, reconstruction, and analysis.

In Vivo Proton MR Spectroscopy: Basic Principles and Clinical Application

  • To discuss the physical principles of spectroscopy.
  • To review the most common detectable in vivo -H metabolites and their biochemical role in humans.
  • To review the most common techniques used when performing an in vivo MRS study of the brain, including pulse sequences, exam, and parameter considerations.
  • To emphasize the importance of correct selection of voxel of interest and localized shimming to ensure a good MRS study.
  • To discuss the advantages of Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopic Imaging (MRSI) or Chemical Shift Imaging (CSI).
  • To discuss the clinical applications of MRS in the brain and other areas of the body.