CME - Radiology for the Non-Radiologist
|Event Date/Time: Dec 03, 2007||End Date/Time: Dec 07, 2007|
|Early Registration Date: Nov 03, 2007|
DAY 1 - BASIC CHEST X-RAY INTERPRETATION – Approach to looking at a chest radiograph. How radiographic technique may simulate or hide abnormalities on a chest radiograph. Air space diseases such as pneumonia and atelectasis on a chest radiograph. RADIOLOGY OF THE PLEURA: EFFUSION, PNEUMOTHORAX AND MORE – Various appearances of pleural diseases. Pleural effusions, both simple and complex. Recognize pneumothorax. ABDOMINAL RADIOGRAPHY – Normal and abnormal bowel gas patterns. Characterize calcifications demonstrated on abdominal radiographs. Common causes of bowel obstruction. Radiographic signs of bowel obstruction. CT OF THE GI TRACT – Major indications for using CT. Indications/contraindications for using oral and intravenous contrast. Normal and abnormal appearance of the GI tract. Current role of virtual colonoscopy for colon cancer screening. DAY 2 - ABDOMINAL PAIN – A SITE SPECIFIC APPROACH TO DIAGNOSIS – Which diagnoses are most likely given the site of the patient’s presenting abdominal pain. Which radiographic studies should be performed based on location of presenting symptoms. Radiographic signs of common causes of abdominal pain. WOMEN’S IMAGING – Which studies are most helpful in evaluating pelvic pain and pelvic masses. Common ultrasound and CT manifestations of pelvic /gynecologic disease. Appropriate imaging studies for patient’s who present with breast symptoms. Which patients will benefit from digital mammography and breast MRI. PULMONARY NODULE: EVALUATION AND FOLLOW-UP – Evaluate pulmonary nodules using a variety of radiographic techniques. Which nodules require further evaluation and which can be safely ignored. Criteria for deciding intervals for follow up. IMAGING THE MEDIASTINUM AND HEART – Normal mediastinal contours on a chest radiograph. Abnormal cardiac contours and their common causes. Abnormal mediastinal contours and their commonly associated diseases. DAY 3 - BACK PAIN IMAGING – Radiological contribution to integrated diagnosis of back pain. Findings of radiography, CT and MRI that may contribute to back pain. Terminology used in radiological reports relating to imaging of the spine. BASIC BRAIN IMAGING – FOCUS ON STROKE – Imaging in patients with acute neurological symptoms. Roles of CT and MRI in imaging of acute stroke. Hemorrhagic and non-hemorrhagic stroke. EVALUATION OF SKELETAL TRAUMA – What constitutes proper radiographic evaluation of skeletal trauma. Limitations of plain radiographs in demonstrating acute fractures. Which additional imaging studies may be used when plain radiographic studies fail to demonstrate a suspected fracture. Describe fractures using proper terminology. UPPER EXTREMITY TRAUMA – Radiographic findings following upper extremity trauma. Which imaging studies should be ordered to optimally demonstrate suspected injury. Soft tissue signs associated with occult fractures. Routine radiographic studies of the upper extremity. DAY 4 - LOWER EXTREMITY TRAUMA – Plain radiographic findings following lower extremity trauma. Which radiographic studies to order based on the suspected injury. Normal anatomic variants that may mimic pathology. Routine radiographic studies of the lower extremity. “INCIDENTALOMAS” IN RADIOLOGY – What is meant by the term “incidentaloma”. Clinical significance of the common incidentalomas discovered on common diagnostic imaging studies. When and if additional imaging or follow-up examinations are necessary for incidentalomas. CERVICAL SPINE: ACUTE AND CHRONIC – Triage patients presenting with trauma or neck pain regarding the need for imaging. Stable and unstable cervical spine injuries. Which patients require advanced imaging for cervical trauma. Appropriate imaging studies in patients presenting with chronic neck pain or cervical radiculopathy. MRI OF LARGE JOINTS - KNEE, SHOULDER AND HIP – Commonly used terminology in radiographic reports related to musculoskeletal MRI. When to order shoulder MRI with and without arthrography. Indication for large joint MRI examinations. DAY 5 - PULMONARY EMBOLISM EVALUATION – Relate current imaging approaches to pulmonary thromboembolic disease. Indications for various imaging modalities. Findings of pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis. CT ANGIOGRAPHY: CAROTIDS, AORTA AND MORE – Principles of CT angiography performed with multidetector CT. Common aortic diseases demonstrated by CTA. Indications for other CTA examinations and abnormalities. EVALUATION OF THE GU TRACT WITH CT – Which studies are most appropriate to order when evaluating the patient with flank pain. Other diagnoses besides renal calculi that may present with flank pain. CT scan findings of renal calculi, renal obstruction, and other conditions that may mimic renal calculi/renal obstruction. Current role of CT urography. ACUTE ABDOMINAL EMERGENCIES – Which clinical diagnoses are considered emergencies in abdominal imaging. Which imaging studies should be performed for suspected emergency conditions. Imaging findings of acute abdominal emergencies. Which imaging findings constitute a surgical emergency in patients with abdominal trauma.