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SMRT Educational Seminars
Advances in Interventional MRI
Volume 6, Number 3
The SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 6, Number 3), has been approved for 1.5 Category A Continuing Educational credits.

Read the SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 6, Number 3), "Advances in Interventional 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 1.5 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
Transnasal and Transsphenoidal MRI-Guided Biopsies of Petroclival Tumors
  • To review current applications of MRI guided procedures.
  • To discuss specific issues related to MRI guided biopsies such as equipment specifications, patient and anesthesia considerations, and imaging sequences used.
  • To explain the benefits of special accessory systems like tracking systems and guidance software.
  • To explain the biopsy procedure, intraprocedural findings, and pathological findings seen in this study.
  • To define the numerous advantages of open MRI systems when performing interventional procedures.

Integration of Interventional MRI with Computer-Assisted Surgery

  • To discuss the use of image guided therapy systems for defining anatomical models and optimization of preoperative planning.
  • To review the development of computer based models which convert image data into patient specific models.
  • To discuss the advances aided by IMRI in the treatment of neurological tumors, liver pathologies, brachiotherapy, and treatment of breast disease.
  • To contemplate the potential for these technologies to reduce procedure length, decrease invasiveness of procedures, reduce risks and complications, and decrease the length of the overall hospital stay.