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SMRT Educational Seminars
MR Imaging of the Spine
Volume 12, Number 3
The SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 12, Number 3), has been approved for 2.0 Category A Continuing Educational credits.

Read the SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 12, Number 3), "MR Imaging of the Spine" 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 2.0 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
Pathophysiology of the Intervertebral Disc and the Challenges for MRI
  • Review the anatomy of the intervertebral disc including disc morphology, composition, mechanics and structure.
  • Describe in detail the intervertebral disc cell physiology including blood and nutrient supply.
  • Discuss solute transport through the extracellular matrix of the intervertebral disc and the challenges of conducting measurements using MRI.

MR Imaging Assessment of the Spine: Infection or an Imitation?

  • Describe the various types of spinal infection including Pyogenic spondylitis, Tuberculous spondylitis, Brucellar spondylitis, and Aspergillus-induced spondylitis and show examples in MR images.
  • Review atypical signal intensity and MR imaging patterns observed in infections of the spine.
  • Discuss disorders of the spine that mimic infection including Modic Type 1 degeneration, acute cartilaginous nodes, Ankylosing spondylitis, and SAPHO syndrome; and show examples in MR images.