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SMRT Educational Seminars
Update: MRI of the Brain
Volume 10, Number 4
The SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 10, Number 4), has been approved for 3.0 Category A Continuing Educational credits.

Read the SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 10, Number 4), "Update: MRI of the Brain" 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
  • To identify the extra-axial cerebellopintine (CPA) structural anatomy and physiology.
  • To review the primary types and occurrence of neoplasms of the CPA.
  • To discuss the appropriate scan parameters necessary to image neoplasms of the CPA and their subsequent appearance on MR images.
  • To review the imaging sequences that generate diffusion-weighted (DWI) and perfusion-weighted PWI MR images.
  • To understand the different types of images generated from DWI and PWI images and their value in the diagnosis of stroke and other vascular complications.
  • To review the different types of proton perfusion MR imaging including spin inversion tagging and bolus tracking with T2* contrast agents.
  • To identify the appropriate scan parameters used to effectively image stroke with DWI and PWI.
  • To discuss the role of diffusion-tensor imaging (DTI) in the imaging of white matter disease.
  • To review the MR image contrast appearance of intracranial tumors and the role of advanced techniques including diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), functional MRI (fMRI), perfusion MRI (pMRI) and spectroscopic MRI (sMRI).
  • To discuss the estimated incidences, location and patient age group of common intracranial tumors.
  • To identify regional classification of common intracranial tumors.
  • To define the common biochemicals detected in the brain by proton spectroscopic MRI.
  • To review problem solving in the case of tumormimicking lesions and evaluation of specific tumors by region.