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SMRT Educational Seminars
Artifacts Encountered in Abdominal MRI
Volume 3, Number 4
The SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 3, Number 4), has been approved for 2.5 Category A Continuing Educational credits.

Read the SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 3, Number 4), "Artifacts Encountered in Abdominal MRI" 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 2.5 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
Chemical Shift: The Artifact and Clinical Tool Revisited
  • To describe the cause and appearance of the chemical shift phenomenon in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
  • To review the basic physical concepts governing the chemical shift phenomenon.
  • To discuss the clinical manifestation of the chemical shift phenomenon: spatial misregistration, phase cancellation, and mixexcitation.
  • To describe and demonstrate how the chemical shift effect can be utilized for tissue characterization in neurologic and body MR imaging as well as aid on the delineation of visceral structures.
Diagnostic Pitfalls and Artifacts in Abdominal MR Imaging: A Review
  • To review common artifacts, and methods of the reduction, when performing MRI of the abdomen.
  • To discuss clinical consequences of MR artifacts, and how then aid or hinder lesion characterization in the abdomen.
  • To discuss the advantages and limitations of various MR pulse sequences when characterizing on abdominal lesion.
  • To discuss the utility of contrast materials in MR abdominal imaging.
  • To review specific artifacts, pulse sequences, imaging parameters, and contrast usage seen when imaging specific abdominal organs such as the liver, spleen, pancreas, adrenal glands, and kidneys.