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HEAD AND NECK MRI


Description
5 ARRT Category "A" CE Credits


Successfully complete this module to receive 5 ARRT Category "A" CE Credits. Module includes all required reading materials as well as access to take the certification test. Certificates can be printed or saved.

Objectives:
To become familiar with basic head and neck anatomy as it applies to the imaging professional

To understand the importance of MRI in the clinician’s ability to treat his/her patient, and particular pulse sequences the MRI technologist would utilize to aid in reaching a diagnosis

To visualize T1 sagittal anatomy of the brain

To visualize T2 FLAIR anatomy of the brain, including midline corpus callosum

To visualize T2 axial anatomy of the brain, including basal ganglia, caudate and lentiform nuclei

To learn pertinent anatomy of the venous MRA structures

To learn relevant anatomy in a T2 axial of the brain through the region of the internal auditory canals, including the 7th and 8th cranial nerves, cochlea and semicircular canal

To visualize relevant anatomy in a T2 axial of the brain through the region of the orbits, including orbital nerve, optic chiasm and rectus muscles

To differentiate gray matter vs. white matter in a dual IR axial of the brain, in addition to the genu and internal capsule

To visualize relevant anatomy in a T2 axial of the brain through the region of the pituitary gland, including the anatomy structures of the pituitary, internal carotid and sagittal sinus

To visualize pertinent anatomy in a heavily T2 weighted sagittal STIR of the brain

To visualize pertinent anatomy in a MIP image of a contrast enhanced carotid arteries MRA, including brachiocephalic and aortic arch anatomic structures

To distinguish the lobes of the brain, and their basic structures

To grasp the importance of gradient echo imaging in the brain

To learn the function of the insula

To grasp the importance / findings of a FLAIR axial in patients with migraines, and the common hyperintense signal

To visualize the temporal lobe indications in MRI, specifically atrophy and mesial temporal sclerosis

To learn the MRI value in epileptic patients, and the diagnostic importance in MR spectroscopy in diagnosing patients with mesial temporal sclerosis

To visualize hydrocephalus in an axial brain MRI

To understand the location and function of the cranial nerves

To visualize the cranial nerves I - IV on heavily T2 weighted images

To visualize the cranial nerves IV - VI on heavily T2 weighted images

To visualize the cranial nerves VII - X on heavily T2 weighted images

To visualize the cranial nerves XI - XII on heavily T2 weighted images

To grasp the importance of diffusion weighted images and stroke evaluation

To visualize planning coronal obliques for seizure patients

To learn the clinical importance of MRI’s use in evaluating the internal auditory canals

To visualize acoustic neuroma and MRI findings

To visualize vestibular schwannoma in the setting of MRI pulse sequences

To review MRI contrast agents

To learn the purpose of gadolinium as an MRI contrast agent

To distinguish the chemical composition of linear vs cyclic contrast agents

To understand the risk of nephrogenic systemic fibrosis

To understand ACR recommendations as they apply to GFR and higher risk patients

To establish FDA approved GBCA’s

To learn the definition and application of gadolinium relaxivity

To learn the definition and visualization of gadolinium retention and the FDA statement of July 2015

To understand the definition of Arnold Chiari Malformation

To understand the clinical importance of MRI in CM patients

To understand the value of CSF flow studies in patients with cerebellar tonsillar ectopia

To visualize a pituitary tumor on MRI pulse sequences

To understand the value of MRI in diagnosing pituitary tumors

To understand the value of MRI in orbital tumors

To visualize fibrous tumor in orbital MRI

To understand the importance of MRI as a key modality in the evaluation of multiple sclerosis

To understand the prime sequences in MRI for multiple sclerosis

To visualize “Dawson’s fingers” in Sagittal FLAIR imaging

To understand the clinical relevance of the dural venous sinuses

To visualize pertinent anatomy in the TMJ MRI

To establish MRI’s value in the trauma brain

To define coup / contrecoup in the traumatic brain setting

To visualize pertinent intracranial MRA anatomy

To visualize pertinent extracranial MRA anatomy

To establish pertinent brain blood suppliers

To define the location of the carotid artery bifurcation
Content
  • HEAD & NECK - Instructional Material
  • PROCEED TO CE EXAM
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: 1 year