Course Overview

The comprehensive radiology update from Harvard Medical School 

This course provides a practical and comprehensive review of the most important changes and advances in diagnostic imaging.  You will take home updates that can make an immediate impact on patient care, including new guidelines and best practices for:

  • Improving the accuracy of image interpretation
  • Utilizing new and traditional imaging modalities
  • Interpreting CT dose metrics and implementing methods of dose reduction
  • Recognizing and reducing MRI artifacts
  • Responding to contrast reactions

The 2014 course format includes: 

  • SAMs sessions
  • Must-know and advanced case sessions
  • A hands-on simulation workshop for contrast reaction and crisis management
  • The opportunity to pose your questions to Harvard Medical School faculty and clinicians
  • An interactive learning format facilitated by an audience response system

Course Description

This course provides a comprehensive and practical review of contemporary diagnostic imaging. Optimal imaging and image interpretation of usually encountered conditions are reviewed. Pitfalls in image interpretation, including MRI artifacts, are explained and methods to avoid them are presented. In addition to lectures, multiple case presentation sessions are provided that show examples of “must know” and “advanced” cases. An audience response system will be utilized to facilitate participation. Self-assessment modules (SAMs) will be provided and tailored to the course material.

Awareness of procedure costs in terms of radiation dose, safety, and contrast utilization is essential to choose and tailor examinations appropriately. These aspects of imaging are addressed in sessions, including lectures on dose reduction in CT, MRI safety, and appropriate contrast utilization. Newer imaging modalities (such as dual energy CT) and newer therapies are discussed.

A physician’s ability to respond effectively to contrast crisis situations will be addressed by providing didactic information followed by an optional simulation workshop. This specialized workshop gives participants the opportunity to perform and practice critical lifesaving procedures in response to contrast reactions and other patient emergencies. This is a hands-on workshop and advanced registration is necessary to provide an optimal experience.