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SMRT Educational Seminars
 
Directions in MRI of the Liver
Volume 4, Number 2
 
Accreditation:
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.
 
Educational Objectives
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 the liver.
  • To compare and contrast the detection and characterization of various liver lesions and liver disease processes.

Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, and Hepatoma

  • To review the characteristic appearance and enhancement patterms of hepatitis and liver cirrhosis on Computed Tomgraphy (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • To discuss methods of evaluating liver function such as Perfusion-Diffusion Imaging, and the use of tissue specific contrast media.
  • 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 agents.
  • To explain how liver tumors such as adenomatous hyperplasia and hemangioma can be differentiated from HCC.
Enlargement of the Hilar Periportal Space: A Sign of Early Cirrhosis at MR Imaging
  • 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 the liver.
  • To demonstrate that enlargement of the hilar periportal space is a significant indicator of early stage cirrhosis.
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 discuss the imaging parameters and options of various MR pulse sequences which aid in the detection of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC).
  • To review the quantitative and qualitative methods used to compare various MR pulse sequences in their ability to detect HCC.
  • 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.