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SMRT Educational Seminars
MR Imaging and Spectroscopy of the Prostate
Volume 7, Number 4
The SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 7, Number 4), has been approved for 3.0 Category A Continuing Educational credits.

Read the SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 7, Number 4), "MR Imaging and Spectroscopy of the Prostate" 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
  • Describe patient preparation and positioning techniques.
  • Discuss RF coils available for imaging of the prostate including the advantages and disadvantages associated with each.
  • Review anatomy of the prostate gland and associated anatomical areas in the pelvis.
  • Discuss the characteristics of prostate cancer and other pathologic processes of the prostate gland.
  • Review current medical screening examinations available including their strengths and weaknesses.
  • Examine current scan parameter settings for MR imaging and spectroscopy and the resultant tissue contrasts generated for both healthy and diseased tissue.
  • Review the MR principles of spectroscopy and identify the differences relative to MR imaging.
  • Describe the metabolites or biochemical markers of interest in spectroscopic imaging of prostate cancer.
  • Understand the additional MR system procedures necessary to ensure the acquisition of the optimum spectra and image and quality.
  • Review other conditions present such as post-biopsy hemorrhage and the subsequent effects upon tissue contrast and detection of disease.
  • Discuss current limitations and challenges for the future in MR imaging and spectroscopy of the prostate.