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SMRT Educational Seminars
Fundamental Principles of MR Imaging of the Head, Neck, and Spine
Volume 6, Number 2
The SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 6, Number 2), has been approved for 3.5 Category A Continuing Educational credits.

Read the SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 6, Number 2), "Fundamental Principles of MR Imaging of the Head, Neck, and Spine" 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 3.5 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
  • Review the technical options available for MR imaging of the spine;
  • Establish the importance of developing a search pattern for the evaluation of spinal structures;
  • Discuss the importance of lesion location in the differential diagnosis of cord lesions;
  • Describe the imaging features of common spinal cord tumors;
  • Compare and contrast the imaging characteristics of intradural extramedullary abnormalities;
  • Discuss the imaging characteristics unique to extradural abnormalities;
  • Identify the common causes and imaging features of degenerative disc disease in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spines;
  • Examine the unique imaging features seen in the post operative spine;
  • Review the specific types, and imaging features, of various congenital abnormalities.

Head and Neck

  • Review the MR sequences and methods used in imaging the orbits and extra cranial head structures;
  • Consider the intricate anatomy of the orbit and surrounding spaces;
  • Compare and contrast the many imaging features and characteristics of pathology associated with the globe, associated spaces, extraocular muscles, and optic nerve;
  • Review the MR sequences and methods used in imaging the soft tissue structures of the neck;
  • Establish and review the complex anatomical architecture of the neck;
  • Demonstrate imaging features and characteristics of the pathologies associated with the specific anatomical divisions of the nasopharynx;
  • Describe pathology and the mechanisms by which disease is spread in the oropharynx;
  • Examine the advantages and disadvantages of MR imaging in comparison with other imaging methods currently available in the diagnosis of thyroid and parathyroid disease processes;
  • Identify the anatomical patterns of the brachial plexus and determine the MR imaging features of brachial cleft cysts;
  • Describe the developmental patterns and imaging features of congenital neck abnormalities.