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SMRT Educational Seminars
Contrast-Enhanced Musculoskeletal MR Imaging
Volume 12, Number 1
The SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 12, Number 1), has been approved for 3.0 Category A Continuing Educational credits.

Read the SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 12, Number 1), "Contrast-Enhanced Musculoskeletal MR Imaging" 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
MR Arthrography: Technique and Common Applications
  • Review the MR arthographic technique including pitfalls and risks.
  • Discuss the anatomical positioning and its importance in demonstrating pathology.
  • Explain the MRI scan parameters selected and their value.
  • Review the anatomy and pathology specific to the imaging of each joint.
Indirect MR Arthrography
  • Review the indirect method of MR arthrography including the administration of contrast media.
  • Explain the MRI scan parameters and timing post-administration of contrast media.
  • Compare the advantages and disadvantages of indirect versus direct MR anthrography.
MR Imaging of Glenoid Cartilage Lesions
  • Review the normal anatomy of the shoulder joint including anatomic variations.
  • Discuss the technique of contrast administration and patient preparation.
  • Review the selection of MRI scan parameters, imaging sequences and patient positioning.
  • Discuss and show examples of major anatomical variations and pathology.
Use of Contrast in MRI of Musculoskeletal Neoplasms
  • Review the contrast administration technique and timing of MR acquisitions.
  • Discuss the MR scan parameters and imaging sequences most valuable for detecting disease.
  • Review the methods of post-processing and image interpretation including advantages and disadvantages.
  • Discuss and show examples of pathology including comparisons to CT examinations.
  • Compare indications for MR imaging of bone tumors versus soft tissue sarcomas.
Enhanced MR Imaging in Musculoskeletal Infection
  • Explain the values in using MRI with gadolinium contrast for the detection and follow-up of infection.
  • Discuss the different variations of soft tissue infection and inflammation, infectious arthritis and osteomyelitis.
  • Review the selection of scan parameters and imaging sequences for the MR imaging protocol.
  • Discuss and show examples of contrast-enhanced MR imaging of infection.
Enhanced MR Imaging of Arthritis
  • Review the numerous types of inflammatory and degenerative arthritides.
  • Discuss effects of gadolinium contrast agent upon tissue signal and contrast in MR imaging.
  • Review the importance of the timing of acquisition post-administration of the contrast media.
  • Explain the pathophysiology of inflammatory arthritis and osteoarthritis.
  • Discuss the value of using contrast enhancement in MR imaging and show examples.
  • Review research being conducted in contrast-enhanced MRI of arthritis.