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Episode 30: Body MRI

Description Objectives Target Audience Accreditation Description Bill and Kristan are joined by Dr Ali Pirasteh to discuss Body MRI Objectives Describe the importance of patient prep in MR Enterography (MRE) State the purpose of both oral and IV contrast media use in MRE State advantages and disadvantages of whole-body MRI screening Describe how one can…

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Episode 29 Pediatric MRI Considerations

Description Objectives Target Audience Accreditation Description Kristan and Bill are joined by Dr Jeannie Kwon of UT Southwestern to discuss considerations when performing MRI exams on pediatric patients. Objectives Describe the major physiochemical properties of GBCAs State the stability metric felt to be the most important Define relaxivity Describe the importance of reduced GBCA dose…

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Episode 28 Liver MRI

Description Objectives Target Audience Accreditation Description Dr Takeshi Yokoo joins Bill and Kristan for an interesting discussion on liver MRI Objectives List the types of contrast agents used in MR imaging of the liver Describe the vascular supply to the liver State the reasons why imaging in the late arterial phase is critical Describe the…

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Episode 27 Breast MRI

Description Objectives Target Audience Accreditation Description Dr Chris Comstock joins Bill and Kristan for a wide-ranging discussion of breast MRI Objectives Describe early impressions and utility of breast MRI List advancements in breast MRI technology State concerns related to repeat administrations of GBCAs Describe the benefits of a gadopiclenol-based agent Describe the advantages of an…

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Episode 26: MR Safety Practices: They work well until they don’t

Description Objectives Target Audience Accreditation Description Bill Faulkner and Kristan Harrington discuss considerations relating to MR safety practices. Objectives Describe the so-called “Swiss Cheese” model as it relates to MRI safety State the ACR / VA Administration recommendations for MR saffing List the benefits of an MRI exam Pre-Call to the patient Describe best practices…

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MriCast Episode 25: Gadopiclenol

Description Objectives Target Audience Accreditation Description Dr Howard Rowley joins Bill and Kristan for a discussion of the history of GBCAs and the introduction of the newest agent; Gadopiclenol Objectives Describe the development of the current standard dose Describe gadolinium-based contrast agents effect on relaxation rates of water-based hydrogen protons Name the methods for increasing…

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MRi Cast Episode 24: Remote Scanning

Description Objectives Target Audience Accreditation Description Bill Faulkner and Kristan Harrington discuss remote scanning. Objectives • Describe how remote scanning may be implemented • State the current requirements • List benefits of remote scanning for both the facility and the technologist • Describe safety considerations Target Audience The content of this Contrast Enhanced MRI Program…

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Episode 23: MRI Protocol Optimization

Description Objectives Target Audience Accreditation Description Bill Faulkner and Kristan Harrington provide a wide-ranging discussion of MRI protocol optimization considerations. Objectives Describe the relationship between SNR and CNR State parameters within gradient echo sequences which affect image contrast Describe how SNR is important when visualizing tissues with low contrast Describe the importance of rapid imaging…

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Episode 22: MR Safety Potpourri Part 2

Description Objectives Target Audience Accreditation Description Bill, Kristan, Howard and Karl continue the wide-ranging discussion of various MR safety issues related to implants, devices and other metallic items in or on persons entering the MRI scanner. Objectives Describe the importance of changing patients out of street clothes prior to an MRI exam State the coil…

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Episode 21: MR Safety Potpourri Part 1

Description Objectives Target Audience Accreditation Description Guest Karl Vigen, PhD joins Bill, Kristan and Howard in a wide ranging discussion of MR safety considerations in patient with implants, devices or unknown metallic items. Objectives State the difference between active and passive devices Describe considerations in a patient presenting with two conditional implants Describe the effect…

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MRi Cast Episode 20: Not Your Mommas MR

Description Objectives Target Audience Accreditation Description In this MR iCast, Kristan, Howard and Bill discuss MRI systems that differ from the conventional cylindrical bore 1.5 T and 3.0 T systems Objectives Describe the differentiation between the types of magnet designs List advantages of vertical field systems as it relates to patient positioning and coil design…

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Mri Cast Episode 19: MR Safety Screening Considerations

Description Objectives Target Audience Accreditation Description Listen in to Bill, Kristan, and Howard as they discuss MR safety considerations and MR safety screening. Objectives Describe pre-exam screening questions to be asked State the ACR recommendations for screening non-emergent patients List the pros and cons of electronic and written screening forums Describe the recommendations for screening…

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Episode 18: Dosing Strategies and Protocols in Pediatric MRI Part 2

Description Objectives Target Audience Accreditation Description In this episode, Bill, Dave and Howard discuss protocol-specific considerations when performing neuro MR exams on pediatric patients Part 2 Objectives Describe the benefits of current coil technology when used for pediatric neuro MR imaging State challenges with SAR management Describe the type of hearing protection which can be…

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Episode 17: Dosing Strategies and Protocols in Pediatric MRI Part 1

Description Objectives Target Audience Accreditation Description In this episode, Howard, Bill and a special guest discuss Dosing Strategies and Protocols in Pediatric MRI Part 1 of a 2 part series. Objectives Describe the basic considerations when performing MRI exams on pediatric patients Name considerations as it relates to the administration of a GBCA Define “relaxivity”…

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Episode 14: GBCA Adverse Events

Description Objectives Target Audience Accreditation Description In this episode, Howard, Bill and Kristan discuss Adverse Reactions. Objectives Describe the ACR classification of adverse events List some common symptoms of physiologic adverse events Describe the Weber Effect State the CMS requirement for physician supervision during contrast agent administration State the number one risk factor for an…

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