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SMRT MR Learning Lab:
How to Deal With Arrhythmia in CMR Imaging

17 October 2019 at 08:00 PDT
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Coming Soon: Watch & earn CE credits! It’s FREE for members, US$20.00 for non-members.

Moderators: Rhys Slough, BSc (Hons) Pg Dip (MRI), and Ben Statton, M.Sc., B.Appl.Sc.(MedRad)

Title: Cardiac MR Imaging in Patients with Arrhythmias
Speaker:Peter Kellman, Ph.D.
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
Bethesda, MD, USA

Accreditation: 0.50 CE/CPD

Overview: The proposed session will focus on methods for cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) in patients with arrhythmias. CMR methods using breath-held, gated, segmented imaging protocols are vulnerable to artifacts in the presence of significant RR-variation. Real-time and/or single shot methods can be used to mitigate these artifacts. The presentation will cover cine, perfusion, and late enhancement imaging.

Objectives:

  • Understand the mechanism that causes artifacts in segmented imaging protocols;
  • Understand methods using arrhythmia rejection; and
  • Understand the benefits of single shot and/or real-time cine imaging.

Title: Cardiac MR Imaging in Patients with Arrhythmias: The Technologists Perspective: Tips, Tricks, and Possible Solutions
Speaker: Jane M Francis DCR(R), DNM, FSCMR

Barts Heart Centre
London, England, UK

Accreditation: 0.50 CE/CPD

Overview: This session will focus on recognising normal cardiac rhythms, including sinus bradycardia and tachycardia and common arrhythmias, distinguishing them from gradient induced artefact and provide some tips on how to improve image quality particularly cine imaging with different MR sequences.

Objectives:

  • Recognise sinus rhythym and how to optimise for fast and slow rates;
  • Recognise common cardiac arrhythymias and distinguish them from gradient induced artefact; and
  • How to optimise ECG triggering in dealing with cardiac arrhythymias and sequence choice.

The Fundamentals & a Clinical Perspective of Current & Emerging Applications of 4D Flow Imaging
MR Learning Lab in Collaboration with the ISMRM MR Flow & Motion Study Group

19 September 2019 at 15:00 PDT

Coming soon: Earn CE credit for watching this video! It’s free for members, $20 for non-members.

Title: The Fundamentals of 4D Flow Imaging
Speaker: Oliver Wieben, Ph.D.
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Madison, WI, USA

Accreditation: 0.50 CE/CPD credit

Moderator: Kevin Michael Johnson, Ph.D., MR Flow & Motion Study Group Chair

Overview:
This presentation will review the basic concepts of 4D Flow MRI including data acquisition, post processing, visualization, common artefacts and pitfalls.

Objectives:

  • Understand the principles on how velocity sensitive MRI data are acquired;
  • Understand the benefits, pitfalls, and future potentials of 4D Flow MRI; and
  • Understand basic principles of hemodynamic analysis possible with 4D Flow MRI.

Title: A Clinical Perspective of Current & Emerging Applications of 4D Flow MRI
Speaker: Nicholas S. Burris, M.D.

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Accreditation: 0.50 CE/CPD credit

Moderator: Shawna L. Farquharson, M.Sc.(R), MR Flow & Motion Study Group SMRT Representative

Overview:
This presentation will highlight a variety of emerging clinical applications of 4D Flow MRI, will review some of the current barriers to clinical adoption, and suggest potential future pathways towards routine clinical use of 4D Flow techniques.

Objectives:

  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of 4D Flow MRI for assessment of clinical patients.
  • Understand some basic technical challenges and considerations when acquiring and analyzing 4D Flow MRI data in patients.
  • Review some potential applications for clinical 4D Flow MRI.

MRI Safety: Implant Labeling & its Practical Applications
MR Learning Lab in Collaboration with the ISMRM MR Safety Study Group

22 August 2019 at 08:00 PDT
Organizers: Kirsty Campbell & Vera Kimbrell

Watch the video & earn CE credit! It’s free for members, $20 for non-members.

Title: Implants and Other Devices: MRI Safety Testing and Labeling Guidelines
Speaker: Terry Woods, Ph.D.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Devices & Rad. Health
Silver Spring, MD, USA

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Accreditation: 0.5 CE/CPD credit

Moderator: Titti Owman, R.N.(R)(CT)(MR), FSMRT

Title: Interpreting and Applying MRI Labelling Information for Implants & Devices
Speaker: Frank G. Shellock, Ph.D., FACR, FACC, FISMRM

Director, MRI Safety
USC Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute
Los Angeles, CA, USA

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Accreditation: 0.5 CE/CPD credit

Moderator: Anne Marie Sawyer, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR), FSMRT

Q&A Session: Ask The Experts

30 minutes (maximum) for questions from the virtual meeting audience.

Overview:
This virtual event will include two 30 minute live presentations from experts in the field of MR Safety. The session will open with a live presentation from Terry Woods, Ph.D. The session will highlight MRI related safety concerns produced by implants and other devices, provide an overview of standards and guidelines for assessing MRI safety, and describe standard MRI safety labeling guidelines.

The second live presentation will be given by Frank Shellock, Ph.D., who is a physiologist with more than 30 years of experience conducting laboratory and clinical investigations in the field of magnetic resonance imaging. Dr. Shellock will present on interpreting the standards and guidelines presented by Dr. Woods and how to apply MRI Labeling Information for Implants & Devices.

Objectives:

  • Identify and understand risks related to the MR safety of implants and devices based on their intended location in the MR environment, electrical activity, and implant status;
  • Describe standards and guidelines that relate to MR safety of implants and other medical devices; and
  • Recognize and understand MRI safety labeling for medical devices, including the standard MR safety terms: MR Safe, MR Conditional, and MR Unsafe.

The How and Why of MR Spectroscopy
MR Learning Lab in Collaboration with the ISMRM MR Spectroscopy Study Group

18 July 2019 at 15:00 PDT
Organizers: Kirsty Campbell & Huijun Vicky Liao

Watch the video & earn CE credit here! It’s free for members, $20 for non-members.

Title: The “How to” of MRS: Things to Consider When Planning Acquisition
Speaker: Caroline (Lindy) Rae, Ph.D.

Neuroscience Research Australia
Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Accreditation: 0.5 CE/CPD credit

Moderator: Michael Kean, (RT)FSMRT

Overview: The proposed session will discuss the range of different approaches to single voxel MRS and highlight their purposes and limitations. It will canvass things to consider when planning MRS acquisitions and what, realistically, can be achieved with the method.

Objectives:

  • Understand the different acquisition options for acquiring MR spectra
  • Understand which acquisition options may be optimal for what you want to measure
  • Understand the practical issues you need to consider when setting up a MRS acquisition

Title: The Clinical Applications of MR Spectroscopy
Speaker: Alexander P. Lin, Ph.D.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Boston, MA, USA

Accreditation: 0.5 CE/CPD credit

Moderator: Huijun Vicky Liao, B.Sc., ARMRIT
SMRT Representative, MR Spectroscopy Study Group

Overview: The goal of this presentation will be to provide technologists with practical knowledge of how magnetic resonance spectroscopy is utilized for diagnosis and treatment monitoring across a broad range of clinical diseases.

Objectives:

  • Understand how MR spectroscopy is utilized in different pathologies such as cancer, neurological disorders, metabolic disorders, and non-neuro application in both pediatrics and adults.
  • Understand how to acquire spectroscopy for these different diseases by reviewing different protocols for each condition.
  • Learn how to provide quality control on MRS data and recognize when real-time changes need to be made to ensure accuracy and excellence.

Challenges, Advances & Applications of MR Spinal Cord Imaging
MR Learning Lab in Collaboration with the ISMRM White Matter Study Group

20 June 2019
08:00 PDT

Organizers: Kirsty Campbell & Helle Simonsen

Watch the video & earn CE credit here! It’s free for members, $20 for non-members.

Speaker 1: Ben Kennedy, B.Appl.Sc.,Mst(MRI)
Title: MRI of the Spine at 3T

Overview:
The proposed session will look at historical challenges of MRI of the spine at 3T, addressing many of these challenges with technology advancements and parameter optimization and novel imaging that 3T SNR allows us to take advantage of.

Objectives:

  • Understanding challenges of 3T physics vs large FOV spine imaging
  • Current technology making clinical 3T of the spine a new gold standard
  • Parameter optimization for best standards of Spine imaging at 3T

Moderator: Hugo Vrenken, Ph.D.

Note for ARRT R.T.s: This talk was previously accredited for CE credit in May 2019 at the SMRT Annual Meeting in Montreal, QC, Canada. It is your responsibility to maintain a record of previously submitted and credited live or self-learning CE activities. Duplicate credit for the same activity is not permitted in the same biennium.

Speaker 2: Klaus Schmierer, M.D., Ph.D.
Title: Spinal Cord MRI in the Diagnosis & Monitoring of Multiple Sclerosis: A Clinical Perspective

Objectives:

  • Understand that MS is a common and complex disease;
  • Understand the importance of correlating MRI findings with the underlying pathology; and
  • Understand the challenge of assessing specific tissue features other than myelin in the spinal cord

Moderator: Helle J. Simonsen, (MRT)FSMRT
SMRT Representative, White Matter Study Group

SMRT MR Learning Labs:
MRI Safety: Risk Prevention & Creating an MRI Safety Culture

26 April 2019 at 16:00 PDT

On-demand viewing & credits now available. Click the title to access.

MRI Safety is universal. There are no geographic boundaries, cultural preferences, or religious exemptions. The danger is real for everyone.

Accreditation: 1.0 CE/CPD credit

Target Audience: MRI Technologists, Physicians, Nurses, MRI Support personnel

Registration Fee: Free for members; US$25 for non-members

Speaker 1:
John C. Posh, B.S.,R.T., (R)(MR)
Title:
Preventing MRI Accidents: Best Practice Recommendations to Minimize Risk

Objectives:

  • Understand the concept of risk and how it applies to MRI;
  • Understand how risk is managed in general and the impact it has on MRI operations; and
  • Learn the types of accidents that happen in MRI and the countermeasures for preventing them.

Speaker 2:
Laura P. Vasquez, PhD, RVT, RT(R)(MR), MRSO
Title:
Creating an MRI Safety Culture and Performance Improvement Program

Objectives:

  • Deliver recommendations for implementation of an institutional interprofessional MRI safety committee;
  • Provide suggestions for facilitation of leadership engagement and administrative accountability; and
  • Describe ways to foster a culture of education, standardization, quality and safety.

Moderators:
Claire B. Mulcahy, M.MRT., B.Appl.Sc.
Greg C. Brown, A.Dip.Rad.Tech.

SMRT/CAMRT MR Learning Labs:
Accelerated MRI Using Compressed Sensing

Tuesday, 05 March 2019

On-demand viewing & credits now available. Click the title to access.

Watch this webinar to gain basic concepts of Nyquist sampling, aliasing, and parallel imaging (SENSE and SMASH). Understand the application of compressed sensing (CS) for MRI data acquisition and learn how this newer method can accelerate imaging without the need for Nyquist sampling. Walk away understanding the principles of the CS approach along with a host of clinical applications now available from MRI vendors.

Speaker:
Michael Noseworthy, Ph.D.

Moderator:
James J. Stuppino, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)

Accreditation: 0.25 CE/CPD credit (not available for credit for archive viewers)

Registration Fee: CLOSED (was: Free for members; $15 for non-members)

Objectives:

  • Refresh the understanding of undersampling and its consequences with MRI;
  • Introduce how undersampling using compressed sensing works;
  • Understand how compressed sensing can be applied using clinical examples.

Target Audience: MRI Radiographers, Technologists and Radiologists

The How & Why of Cardiac MRI

Thursday, 21 February 2019

On-demand viewing & credits now available. Click the title to access.

Speaker 1:
Declan O’Regan, FRCP, FRCR, Ph.D.
What Clinicians Need from Cardiac MRI

Speaker 2:
Cindy Comeau, B.S., RT(N)(MR), FSMRT, FSCMR
Getting Started: The Core Cardiac MRI Exam

Moderators:
Muriel Cockburn, DCR, B.Sc.(Hons), FSMRT
Marty Sherriff, B.App.Sc., R.T. (MR)

Accreditation: 1.0 CE/CPD credit (not available for credit for archive viewers)

Registration Fee: CLOSED (was: Free for members; $25 for non-members)

Objectives:

  • Understand the common indications for CMR and the information clinicians require.
  • Learn how different CMR sequences are used to answer clinical questions.
  • Appreciate the appearances of common pathologies on CMR.

Target Audience: MRI Radiographers, Technologists and Radiologists

Improving Throughput Without Compromising Patient Care & Creating Value in MR

Friday, 18 January 2019

On-demand viewing & credits now available. Click the title to access.

Presenters:
Michael P. Recht, M.D.
Chris Kokkinos, B.Appl.Sc., Pg.Cert.(MRI)

Target Audience: MRI Radiographers and Technologists, Radiologists

Accreditation: 1.25 CE/CPD credits

Registration Fee: CLOSED (was: Free for members; $25 for non-members)

Talk 1: Value in MR: What Is It and How Do We Create It?
Presenter: Michael P. Recht, M.D.

Talk 2: When Throughput Affects Patient Care: How to Improve Your Numbers Without Compromising Care
Presenter: Chris Kokkinos, B.Appl.Sc., Pg.Cert.(MRI)

Moderators:
Kirsty Campbell, NDMDI, PG Dip (MRI)
Joe Joslin, B.S., R.T.(MR)(R)

Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes, with questions at the end

Objectives:

  1. How to improve patient throughput;
  2. How value can be created and operationalized in MR; and
  3. How to use data to improve the MRI department.

RF Safety in MRI: An MR Technologist’s Perspective
Wednesday, 14 November 2018

On-demand viewing & credits now available. Click the title to access.

Presenter: Vera Kimbrell, BSRT, (R)(MR), FSMRT
Vera Kimbrell is a MR technologist/radiographer from Boston, Ma. USA. She works at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the role of clinical educator for MRI. She has been in MR for over 30 years and an educator for the majority of that time. Currently the Chair of the SMRT Safety committee, Vera has lectured and taught MR safety internationally.

Target Audience: MR Technologists, Radiographers, Students, Clinicians & Early Career Scientists

Accreditation: 0.50 CE/CPD credits

Registration Fee: CLOSED (was: Free for members; $15 for non-members)

Moderator: James J. Stuppino, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)

Time: There will be two presentations of this webinar. Please only register for one.

  1. 09:00 PST / 12:00 EST / 20:00 UTC
  2. 12:00 PST / 15:00 EST / 23:00 UTC

Duration: 30 minutes

Objectives:

  1. Explain the safety related issues related to Radiofrequency Magnetic Fields (RF)
  2. Define devices and practices that contribute to RF burns
  3. Describe workflows to mitigate hazards related to RF
  4. Review accidents and explore preventative solutions

Diffusion Imaging & Fiber Tractography: Tips & Tricks for Clinical Use

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

On-demand viewing & credits now available. Click the title to access.

Moderators: Ben Statton, M.Sc., B.Appl.Sc. (London, England) and Ileana Jelescu, Ph.D. (Lausanne, Switzerland)

Target Audience: MR Technologists, Radiographers, Students, Clinicians & Early Career Scientists

Accreditation: 1.0 CE/CME/CPD credits

Time: 07:00 PDT; 16:00 The Netherlands; 01:00 Melbourne, Australia

Duration: 1 hour

Fee: Free for members; $25 for non-members

Overview:
This session provides a focused review suitable for a broad audience on one widely-used or emerging area of Neuroimaging. This presentation is targeted to radiographers, technologists, researchers and clinicians interested in understanding and developing diffusion tractography MRI methods for neurosurgical planning. Core techniques and their shortcomings will be discussed in the context of practical clinical cases.

Speaker 1:
Shawna Farquharson, M.Sc.(R) (Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

Speaker 2:
Alexander Leemans, Ph.D. (Utrecht, Netherlands)

SMRT/CAMRT MR Learning Labs:
MRI Contrast Agents: Safety Issues and Practice
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Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Speaker: Lawrence Tanenbaum, M.D.

Moderator: Jim Stuppino, B.S., R.T.(R)(MR)

Target Audience: MR Technologists, Radiographers, Students, Clinicians & Early Career Scientists

Accreditation: 1.0 CE/CPD credits

Learning objectives:

  1. Describe the different gadolinium contrast agents available, including their chelate structure, stability and retention.
  2. Describe the link between gadolinium contrast agents and Nephrogenic Systemic Fibrosis (NSF).
  3. Review current literature and regulation related to the safe and effective use of gadolinium contrast agents.
  4. Identify strategies for discussing contrast media with patients.