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SMRT Educational Seminars
MRI of the Abdomen: Adrenal Glands and Biliary Tract
Volume 17, Number 2
The SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 17, Number 2), has been approved for 1.5 Category A Continuing Educational credits.

Read the SMRT Educational Seminars (Volume 17, Number 2), "MRI of the Abdomen: Adrenal Glands and Biliary Tract" and complete the quiz.

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 1.5 category A Continuing Education credits. 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 up to two additional times.

Members should retain their CE Certificate for their Continuing Education registry requirements.

Educational Objectives
Adrenal MRI: Techniques and Clinical Applications
  • Describe MRI techniques including in-and opposed-phase chemical shift imaging, fat-suppressed T1-weighted imaging, T2-weighted images, diffusion-weighted imaging, and gadolinium-enhanced imaging;
  • Discuss appropriate MR scan parameters including echo times (TE);
  • Explain the value in different signal intensities in the detection of adrenal masses;
  • Review management of adrenal masses including patients with no known primary malignancy, hyperfunctioning adrenal neoplasms, pheochromocytoma, hyperfunctioning and adrenal cortical neoplasms; and
  • Show image examples of the different MRI techniques plus CT.

MRI in the Workup of Biliary Tract Filling Defects

  • Explain technical considerations including patient preparation and appropriate MR imaging sequences;
  • Describe and compare 2D and 3D MRI sequences and the respective scan parameters;
  • Discuss the use of MRI contrast agents that have biliary excretion in the depiction of the biliary tree and filling defects;
  • Review filling defects due to stones (concretions);
  • Show image examples of MRI and X-Ray;
  • Describe benign tumors and malignant tumors including cholangiocarcinoma, periampullary tumor, and hepatocellular carcinoma; and
  • Explain filling defects associated with congenital biliary anomalies.