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SMRT Educational Seminars
Directions in MRI of the Liver
Volume 4, Number 2
The SMRT Educational Seminars
(Volume 4, Number 2), has been approved for 3.0 Category A
Continuing Educational credits.
Read the SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 4, Number 2),
"Directions in MRI of the Liver" 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.
MRI of the Liver
- To review the advantages and
disadvantages of the various pulse sequences used in MR imaging
of the liver.
- To discuss the multiple contrast agents used in MR imaging of
- To compare and contrast the detection and characterization of
various liver lesions and liver disease processes.
Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, and Hepatoma
Enlargement of the Hilar Periportal Space: A Sign of Early Cirrhosis at MR Imaging
- To review the characteristic
appearance and enhancement patterms of hepatitis and liver
cirrhosis on Computed Tomgraphy (CT) and Magnetic Resonance
- To discuss methods of evaluating liver function such as
Perfusion-Diffusion Imaging, and the use of tissue specific
- To review the pathology of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC) and
the characteristic appearance and enhancement patterns of the
disease on CT and MRI.
- To compare the appearance of HCC after several treatment methods
(TACE and PEIT), and with the use of tissue specific-contrast
- To explain how liver tumors such as adenomatous hyperplasia and
hemangioma can be differentiated from HCC.
Detection of Hepatocellular Carcinoma: Comparison of T2-Weighted Breath-Hold Fast Spin-Echo Sequences and High-Resolution Dynamic MR Imaging With a Phased-Array Body Coil
- To review the MR sequences useful in demonstrating hepatic
anatomy, specifically the hilar periportal space.
- To discuss the quantitative and qualitative methods to evaluate
the hilar periportal space.
- To discuss the morphologic changes which occur with cirrhosis of
- To demonstrate that enlargement of the hilar periportal space is
a significant indicator of early stage cirrhosis.
- To discuss the imaging parameters and options of various MR
pulse sequences which aid in the detection of Hepatocellular
- To review the quantitative and qualitative methods used to
compare various MR pulse sequences in their ability to detect
- To compare and contrast the various MR pulse sequences in
their ability to detect, delineate, and differentiate HCC.
- To discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the various
MR pulse sequences as seen in this study, and compare and
contrast the findings of that of similar research studies.