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SMRT Educational Seminars
Contrast Media in MRI Examinations
Volume 11, Number 2
The SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 11, Number 2), has been approved for 2.5 Category A Continuing Educational credits.

Read the SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 11, Number 2), "Contrast Media in MRI Examinations" 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 2.5 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
  • Describe the effects of MR contrast media on image contrast.
  • Review the chemical properties of MR gadolinium contrast media.
  • Discuss the two main types of gadolinium chelate design: linear and macrocyclic.
  • Understand the differences in the molecular structure and chelate stability of gadolinium agents.
  • Discuss the different gadolinium contrast agents approved for use in the USA and worldwide.
  • Identify the potential safety issues and adverse reactions in the use of gadolinium MR contrast media.
  • Understand the process of transmetallation possible in gadolinium contrast agents.
  • Review the scientific evidence concerning the connection between gadolinium MR contrast media and Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF).
  • Describe the procedures for pre-screening patients and reviewing their medical history to determine the safe administration of gadolinium MR contrast media.
  • Describe other non-gadolinium types of MR contrast media including manganese-based and iron-oxide-based agents.